Thursday, January 04, 2007
So You Wanna Be a Hero?
Bernard M.W. Knox, The Heroic Temper: Studies in Sophoclean Tragedy
, chap. 2:
Immovable once his decision is taken, deaf to appeals and persuasion, to reproof and threat, unterrified by physical violence, even by the ultimate violence of death itself, more stubborn as his isolation increases until he has no one to speak to but the unfeeling landscape, bitter at the disrespect and mockery the world levels at what it regards as failure, the hero prays for revenge and curses his enemies as he welcomes the death that is the predictable end of his intransigence.