Mocked with Death Tragic Overliving from Sophocles to Milton
Emily R. Wilson, "Mocked with Death: Tragic Overliving from Sophocles to Milton"
English | ISBN: 0801879647 | 2005 | 304 pages | PDF | 34 MB
In Paradise Lost, Adam asks, "Why do I overlive?" Adam’s anguished question is the basis for a critical analysis of living too long as a neglected but central theme in Western tragic literature. Emily Wilson examines this experience in works by Milton and by four of his literary predecessors: Sophocles, Euripides, Seneca, and Shakespeare. Each of these writers composed works in which the central character undergoes unbearable suffering or loss, hopes for death, but goes on living.

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