Plot[ edit ] Cassandra's narrative begins by describing her youth, when she was Priam's favorite daughter and loved to sit with him as he discussed politics and matters of state. Her relationship with Hecuba, however, was never as intimate, since Hecuba recognized Cassandra's independence. At times their interactions are tense or even cold, notably when Hecuba does not sympathize with Cassandra's fear of the god Apollo's gift of prophecy or her reluctance to accept his love. When she ultimately refuses him, he curses her so that no one will believe what she prophesies.
She knows that Clytemnestra is now killing Agamemnon in the palace. She says as much to the Greek elders who cluster around the chariot, but they, like her own people, do not believe or cannot understand her dire prophecies. She casts aside, as a bitter mockery, the insignia of her rank as a seeress and a priestess of Apollo.
What time she has left she spends recalling her past, from the time she enjoyed the status of favorite daughter to Priam, her beloved father and King of Troy, until the time when Priam imprisoned her in the dungeon. She was punished because she would not cooperate in a plan to use her sister, Polyxena, as erotic bait to trap Achilles in the temple of Apollo.
Achilles had demanded Polyxena as the price of giving back the body of Hector. According to the plan, while Achilles was making love to Polyxena, Paris would wound him in his vulnerable heel.
To Cassandra, her refusal was a protest against a long process by which women had been deprived of all autonomy in this irrational war. This supposedly gallant contest over a woman was a lie from the very beginning. There was no Helen in Troy; the king of Egypt had taken her from Paris The entire section is words.
Get Free Access to this Cassandra Study Guide Start your hour free trial to unlock this resource and thousands more.The four introductory lectures were published separately in Germany under the title Conditions of a Narrative: Cassandra; The Frankfurt Lectures on Poetics (Voraussetzungen einer Erzählung: Kassandra).
This volume presents the novel first, followed by its companion lectures, which illuminate its background and implications/5(19). Kassandra, consisting of a novel and four essays, was due to appear simultaneously in East and West ardatayazilim.comr, the East German authorities feared that Wolf’s fictitious city Troy bore too many traces of the contemporary GDR and tried to have a number of .
Cassandra (German: Kassandra) is a novel by the East German author Christa ardatayazilim.com has since been translated into a number of languages.
Swiss composer Michael Jarrell has adapted the novel for speaker and instrumental ensemble, and his piece has been performed frequently.
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From The Community. Amazon Try Prime All. Go This is an astounding novel. Told from Cassandra's point of view, as she awaits her end at Mycenae, the recount of the war at Troy from. Get this from a library!
Cassandra: a novel and four essays. [Christa Wolf; Jan van Heurck] -- Novel retells the story of the fall of Troy from Cassandra's point of view. The four accompanying pieces describe the novel's genesis. Cassandra: a novel and four essays Item Preview remove-circle Share or Embed This Item.
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