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Seven against Thebes Essay | Critical Essay #4

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Critical Essay #4

Thalman looks at several facets of the city in Seven Against Thebes and regards the brothers' relationship as a microcosm of the city.

The Theme of Blood

One other persistent theme of the play ought to be mentioned here: the theme of blood. It is closely related to that of the family, though it is more relevant to the brothers themselves than to the city. Most of the occurrences of this theme have been noted in the preceding pages, but its development should be sketched. At first, blood is a feature of the war generally. The Argive Seven plunge their hands into a bull's blood and vow either to sack the city or to spill their own blood. Blood is prominent in the destruction of the city contemplated by the chorus in the first stasimon. During the shield scene the chorus fear that they will see the "bloody...

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