He reveals that his dear friend Admits Is going to die. Apollo is so fond of Admits that he convinces the fatal goddesses to let someone else die in place of him. Apollo states that Admits had asked many loved ones to die for him, Including his parents, but his wife was the only person to sacrifice themselves (9-17). Therefore this tragedy tells of the death of Localities and the happenings after her death. During the death of Localities, she asks that Admits promise to never marry again and to never let another woman into his bed (280- 325).
Grateful to his brave wife, Admits agrees to her last dying request. While the household is preparing to bury Localities, Heraclites arrives looking for his old friend Admits. Heraclites Is unaware of what has happened to his wife and when he and Admits talk, Admits refuses to tell of his wife death and insists that Heraclites stay and be a guest in his home. When the townspeople (the chorus) question Admits’ actions he explains that to be inhospitable would have brought more pain and disdain upon him (553- 560).
Therefore, the heroic Heraclites stays and eats and drinks within the home of his onerous friend Admits, while the rest of the household mourns the death of their lady. This brings us to the point where Admits and his father Peeress meet. Peeress comes to his son’s house bearing gifts to pay his last respects to Localities. He speaks first with kind words, telling Admits that he comes to “bear your sorrows with you, son (614). ” He is grateful and respectful of Localities for dying for his son and not letting him be “a childless old man (621). Admits immediately responds with a long speech full of hatred blaming his father and mother for the death of his wife. The chorus of citizens of Prepare responds after Admits’ speech by asking him to stop speaking so hatefully, that there Is already enough sorrow and trouble. Peeress responds to his son with an equally lengthy speech defending himself and his wife and calling Admits a coward for letting his wife die for him. Again, the chorus responds by asking Peeress to cease the argument. However Admits asks that the argument continue and it does with a series of one-lined rebuttals between Admits and Peeress.
Admits eventually asks his father to leave and his father finishes his last words. Admits finishes the argument by cursing his parents and Peeress leaves. Therefore, the argument takes place In the company of the townspeople, who obviously disapprove of the words that had been spoken. It is hard to say which side won in this debate. Peeress and Admits do not meet again for the rest of the tragedy. We must infer from the succeeding events which man was in the right in his argument. The play continues after the debate with Heraclites becoming aware of Localities’ death while she was being burled.
He is Immediately angry Walt mess T Tanat en mace enamels comfortable In Mates’ none ND vows to bring Localities back (841). His respect for Admits also increases because he showed true hospitality by not burdening a traveling friend with his troubles but rather taking him in as a guest (856-860). Thus, Heraclites goes off to the grave of Localities to battle with the gods of the underworld and bring her back to his honorable companion. Meanwhile, Admits returns from the funeral grieving and moaning about the loss of his wife. It is here that the line that determines who “won” the debate between Peeress and Admits is revealed.
While Admits cries for his fife he also worries about what the townspeople will say. As we have learned, the classical civilization of the ancient Greece is one of a shame culture, meaning that one’s actions are determined by what others will think of them. Admits’ mistake was that he did not think about what others would think until it was too late. Not only does he address the issue that he let his wife die for him but he also mentions that he disowned his own parents. He now fears that his people will disrespect him for both acts and call him a coward (955-961).
To admit that the citizens of Prepare sportive of his behavior to his father is like Admits himself admitting that he was wrong. Therefore it is reasonable to say that Admits lost in his argument with his father because he later was able to see that he had been wrong. The conclusion of Localities soon follows, after Heraclites returns from a battle with the gods of the underworld. He brings with him Localities back from the dead, whom he rejoins with his close friend, Admits. Although this play ends on a happy note, we are left to wonder what will happen with Admits and Peeress.
After the words that have been poke, damage has been done that will likely haunt Admits for the rest of his life. Apteral, he himself admitted that in the eyes of the people, he was wrong in cursing his own parents. Despite the fact that Admits has “won” the battle of losing his wife, he has lost the respect of his people and of his father. To better support the idea that Admits lost the dispute between he and his father we must explore the lines where they pose their arguments. As mentioned before Peeress comes to his son’s home to offer gifts for Localities’ burial. He speaks with kind words both of Localities and his son, Admits.
Peeress indicates that it would be unbearable to live without his son (621-622) and offers support to Admits in his time of trouble (616-617). Thus, it is safe to say that Peeress came to the house with good intentions. The argument does not start until Admits opens his mouth. His first words are, “l never invited you to come and see her buried, nor do I count your company as that of a friend (629-630). ” It is obvious from this line that before any words are spoken, he has already disowned his father. It would be possible that Admits was so angry about the death of his wife that he turned around and simply kook it out on his father.
However, there are two pieces of evidence which support that this is unlikely. First of all, there was no rage within Admits during the moment Just before the arrival of Peeress. He was speaking rationally with the chorus about why he invited Heraclites to stay in his home. He was not raging and cursing the gods for taking his wife. If this had been the case, we might be misled to think that this rage carried over to his father. Secondly, while Localities lies on her (or rather his) deathbed he makes a speech where he vows to never take another wife.
He also curses his own parents in the speech, stating that he shall ” … Hate the woman who gave Delta to me always, detest my Tanner (BIB ” He reels Tanat teeny are not Nils family because they did not care enough to die for their son. This is evidence that Admits had already formed his thoughts of his parents long before Peeress showed up at his house. The lengthy speech of Admits explains all the hatred he holds for his parents. He states that his parents should not be mourning now but should have been mourning when he was about to die. Instead they stepped aside