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Iphigenia in Taurus Essay | Critical Essay #3

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Critical Essay #3

In this essay, O'Brien examines the plot of Euripides's play and compares its plot points to prevalent legends during the playwright's time. He argues that Euripides had a specific agenda in building his drama upon the history and legends of ancient Greece, although there are significant points at which the play differs from history.

The plot of Iphigenia in Tauns is usually thought to be Euripides' own invention. Its basic assumption can be found in Proclus' summary of the Cypria, viz. that a deer was substituted for Iphigenia during the sacrifice at Aulis and that she herself was removed to the land of the Taun. Her later rescue by Orestes and Pylades, however, cannot be traced with probability to any work of art or literature earlier than Euripides' play. In this play, in which Orestes recognizes and then saves the sister whom he had long thought dead, it...

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