Of the Greek tragedians, Seneca’s works seem most close to Euripides, in tone, plot, form, structure, and theme. But they are just as dissimilar in these myriad ways. Write an essay in which you compare and contrast Seneca’s Hercules Furens with Euripides’ Hippolytus, as a mini-study of the ways Greek and Roman tragedies are related but are also distinctly their own. Consider the ways both playwrights ponder solutions to larger questions about the human experience, how they both develop their characters, make use of the chorus, structure their plots, and deploy rich imagery.
Requirements: 1000–1250 words
The materials you need to have in mind are only Seneca’s Hercules Furens and Euripides’ Hippolytus. Please use Quotations from the texts to support the paper
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This paper will need to be evidential. Your evidence will consist of references to specific scenes or incidents in the text, as well as generous quotation from the text to substantiate your points.
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In conclusion, Seneca’s Hercules Furens (Roman Tragedy) is similar to Hippolytos (Greek Tragedy) in some dimensions but dissimilar in others. According to Seneca and Euripides, people who experience psychological turmoil are stigmatized and are greatly vulnerable. They are easily manipulated to do as commanded without a strong will for rejection. However, in Hercules, madness is linked to pride and arrogance to be a demigod. Hercules is not a real play, and most parts involve narrations. Chorus is also used in both, but in Hippolytos, the device is used in recitations and singing. Seneca’s play is also not perfectly similar to the Greek Tragedy in the plot. In a typical Greek tragedy, the plot involves events turning from good and bad to worse. For Hercules, the play’s events involve a transition from bad to worse and then better.