13 May, 2014

Greek Tragedy: The Pithy Gist

Ahhh Greek Tragedy.
Older than Jesus.
The birthplace of modern drama.

Trouble is?
Sometimes Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripedes sound more like venereal diseases than the world's greatest tragedians. ("Ooo. I got Euripedes in college. Itches like hell. But the cream helps...")
Sometimes you just don't have the TIME to peruse the great tomes of the past.
Sometimes you are emotionally FRAGILE.
Sometimes you just can't handle all THE FEELS.
Sometimes you need a BREAK.
You need some HELP.

And that? [*super intense whisper*] ...THAT IS WHERE I COME IN...

I am here to give you the gist.
That's right.
To "get the gist" means to understand something, but not to be expert in it.
Bob: Did you read Moby Dick last night?
Steve: Nah, I read spark notes, got the gist.
So should you read The Orestia and marvel at the the poetry of Aeschylus, the inevitability of fate, and see the end of the curse of the House of Atreus?
Um, YES. Yes you should.
It is a classic of the modern age.
These plays are IMPORTANT.

But... in the meantime... I got your back...


Trojan Women: WAHHHH my city is gone!

Electra: F**k you Mom.

Medea: F**k you Jason. 

Antigone: Wahhhh my whole family! 
Oh also F**K YOU CREON!

The Aenid: Hey look! ROME!

The Bacchae: WORSHIP ME!!

The Orestia
Orestes: I'm SOOOORRRY! 
The Gods: Ugh. It's okay.


The Persians: OHHH PERSIA.

Iphigenia at Aulis: Daddy! (Sigh.) FINE

Seven Against Thebes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7... 
That's Thebes. You hate them. 

To conclude, the piece-de-resistance:

Oedipus Rex: MOM?!!!

Aaaaaaaaaaand SCENE.

You are welcome.

[*compulsively drinks Gatorade in corner rink*]

1 comment:

  1. *sigh*
    Promise me that you'll do these with me - in rep - someday... in 60 seconds or less.



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