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A mother slits her baby girl's throat because she has this deranged notion that she is saving her daughter from a fate worse than death. Sounds like one of those crazy mothers who ends up on the day news, right? Close. It's actually a real story: back in 1856, a runaway slave named Margaret Garner murdered one of her kids--a two-year-old girl--with a butcher knife, to be able to keep her away from slave catchers. She'd have murdered her other children and himself, too, but she was captured......Read More
Euripides (480-406 B.C.) was a misunderstood genius. He is reported to be the author of around 92 plays, but he only won the massive theatrical competition in the festival Dionysus five times. His final win was for his quintessential classic, The Bacchae. Unfortunately, Euripides didn't get to appreciate this final triumph. Being dead kind of got in the way. His son ended up directing the play for his deceased father. To add insult to injury, Euripides died by being ripped apart by a pack of......Read More
The very first words of the play are spoken with the Watchman sitting on the roof of the palace of Agamemnon at Argos, Greece. The matter is, Agamemnon is not there. (For more information on the Trojan War, check out this site, or read all about it at our "Thorough Overview.") Then, just as the Watchman is telling us just how far his entire life stinks, he sees that a sign fire burning in the space; this usually means that Troy has been seized. The Watchman goes off to alarm Clytemnestra,......Read More
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