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The Tragedies of Sophocles$
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James Morwood

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781904675716

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781904675716.001.0001

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Women of Trachis

Women of Trachis

The heart of darkness

(p.27) Chapter 3 Women of Trachis
The Tragedies of Sophocles

James Morwood

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores the emphasis of femininity as shown by Sophocles in his tragedy the Women of Trachis. This tragedy shows that Deianeira has expressed a powerful feminine characterization, reflecting Greek women's prospects of getting married and also getting anxious over the safety of the husband and children. The tragedy also shows the feminine sensitivity and empathy, through Deianeira's concern over her husband's, Heracles, captives. The Greek tragedy also illustrates the feminine insecurity over beauty, by showing Deianeira's anxiety over the beauty of Iole, who was taken by Heracles as his lover.

Keywords:   femininity, Deianeira, Women of Trachis, Heracles, Iole, Sophocles, Greek tragedy, Greek women

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