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By Margaret Atwood

A powerfully and brilliantly crafted novel, physically damage is the tale of Rennie Wilford, a tender journalist whose lifestyles has all started to shatter round the edges. Rennie flies to the Caribbean to recover, and at the tiny island of St. Antoine she is faced by way of an international the place her principles for survival now not observe. through turns comedian, satiric, relentless, and terrifying, Margaret Atwood's physically damage is eventually an exploration of the lust for strength, either sexual and political, and the necessity for compassion that is going past what we regularly suggest by way of love.

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34), the banks of N essus' river are "full of roses," rhodoeis. Sophocles' "deep-flowing" is perhaps an intentional criticism of the choral poet's gentler conception of the setting. 32 The center of the play is occupied by three long, narrative speeches: Deianeira's presentation of her plight to the chorus, followed by her description of Nessus' attempted rape (531-554 and 555-581); her dismay at the disintegration of the tuft of wool and recognition of what she has done (672-722); and Hyllus' account of Heracles' agonies at Cenaeum (749-806).

Drama and Perspective in Ajax Although Ajax's claim to heroic nobility in the play is finally vindicated (cf. 1415 and 423-424), he does not have the "noble death" prized by the epic warrior. 13 The physical ugliness of his bloody corpse is not only a visual representation of Ajax's problematic relation to the heroic code; it is also a representation of the gap between the tragic spectacle and the radiant epic visualization of the noble warrior. The epic warrior is "a marvel to behold," thauma idesthai.

But it also harks back to the elemental violence of the Centaur, destructive blood and fire, the Hydra, dark- Heroic Values in the Trachinian Women 33 ness. \Vhen Deianeira exposes to the sun the wool with which she anoints the robe, the "seething" of the "clotted foam" (702) recalls the Centaur and his "clotted blood" (572) in the scene by the Euenus. The "seething" suggests the inward, emotional turbulence of passion, but it also expresses the unruly energies of the primitive world to which the Centaur belongs.

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