What Sophoclean tragedy tells us

David R. Slavitt:

What Sophoclean tragedy tells us, among other things, is that there are severe limitations to our lives and that it can be our very aspirations to transcend them and behave well that often bring about our downfall. What we think we know can prove to be wrong and dangerous, and if we remember this, we may retain our humility and our caution in a complicated and often hostile world.

– “Sophocles, jargonized” (The New Criterion)

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