Why do you think Euripides elects to end the play from Theoclymenos’ perspective
CLAS 4020 The Classical Tradition in Contemporary Fiction and Film
Reading Worksheet 6 – Euripides Helen 1166-end; Hutcheon ch. 2 (start)
How might Helen’s visual transformation (1187 ff.), in the context of both the Chorus’ last song and the
escape plot, affect the audience?
How do you ‘read’ Helen’s quick change toward Theoclymenos and his compliance (1230 ff.)?
What do you think is the significance of the Chorus’ song about Demeter and Persephone (1302 ff., w/
notes p. 215), in context?
Why do you think Euripides elects to end the play from Theoclymenos’ perspective? Is the ending happy?
Consider the quotation of Zadie Smith (Hutcheon pp. 36-7): why do you think audiences are less tolerant
of ambiguity (or lack of motivation) than readers? Might this explain the Dioscouroi’s role in the Helen?
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