What Is A Eulogy? Ethos, Pathos, and Logos In Pericles’s Funeral Oration Speech

Thucydides offers one-hundred and forty-one speeches in his monumental history of the Peloponnesian War, yet the early eulogy offered by Pericles (in Book II) is surely the most famous. The word "eulogy" comes down to us from the Greek word eulogia meaning to offer praise, or even high praise. Pericles delivers his famous eulogy, the … Continue reading What Is A Eulogy? Ethos, Pathos, and Logos In Pericles’s Funeral Oration Speech

Disingenuous Authorial Intent in The Pardoner’s Tale

The Host interjects and laments the death of Virginia from the previous tale, the "Physician's Tale" -the Host agrees that Virginia's death was a grotesque tragedy, not unlike the classical story of Iphigenia, but her death is not a heroic martyrdom. He makes mention of a recurring theme throughout the tale: "that yiftes [gifts] of … Continue reading Disingenuous Authorial Intent in The Pardoner’s Tale

History Contra Poetics in The Physician’s Tale

There is no introduction to "The Physician's Tale." We begin en media res. The tale cites as its source Titius Livius ("Livy") the great Roman historian, though Chaucer likely borrowed sections from The Romance of the Rose which he also partially translated. Unlike other tales, "The Physician's Tale" is not about unrequited love or the … Continue reading History Contra Poetics in The Physician’s Tale

The Magnificent Seven

The Magnificent Seven (1960) Director: John Sturges “The Old Man was right. Only the farmers won. We lost. We’ll always lose.” ★★★★★ The Magnificent Seven is Hollywood's amazing re-imagining of Akira Kurosawa's brilliant Seven Samurai (which was, itself, inspired by classic John Ford Westerns). John Sturges offers a star-studded and grippingly simple tale about seven … Continue reading The Magnificent Seven