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1983

Trinity University

Andromaque

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Andromaque. V,V: Disorder, Irony, And Progression, Nina Ekstein Jan 1983

Andromaque. V,V: Disorder, Irony, And Progression, Nina Ekstein

Modern Languages and Literatures Faculty Research

The denouement of Andromaque (V,v), as is the case in most tragedies, brings with it a return to order, but the impression of order lies off stage with Andromaque's ascension to the throne rather than on stage with Oreste and Pylade. On stage, disorder reigns, and this disorder is a result of several factors: the pressing necessity of a quick departure, Oreste's madness, and, significantly, the ironic instability of language in this scene. This instability takes the form of statements whose meaning later changes in the light of some subsequent action or information. Such shifts in meaning ...