Eurydice Again Expresses Fear And Diffidence At Joining

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Eurydice again expresses fear and diffidence at joining her husband and has to be reminded by the stones that now she is a grown woman and must go with her husband. It is important to note that when she is afraid she immediately screams out for her father and not her husband. This, in turn, suggests her reluctance to leave her father’s side where she feels safe and secure. In fact, she only joins Orpheus through her father’s support and the stones’ persuasion. Therefore, in both scenes Eurydice wants to remain with her father and live in the past instead of focusing on her future as a wife to Orpheus. The play’s climactic point is immensely complicated by Eurydice’s discontent and her relationship with her father and should not be…show more content…
Ruhl claims that “she makes a decision [and] she increases her pace” which implies that Eurydice was aware of the possible repercussion and made an informed and deliberate choice. This in turn suggests that her mistake was not accidental, but she intentionally calls Orpheus’s name in order to return to her father and continue to cling to the past. Eurydice seems to be stuck with a choice between two different types of love- romantic and familial- and two different worlds, the realm of life and death. In the real world she experiences romantic love for Orpheus whereas familial love exists in the underworld with her father. Ruhl uses her untraditional and episodic structure and the abandonment of a clear climax to highlight this relationship. Whenever there is an important climactic scene in either world, Ruhl purposely downplays it using mundaneness and trivial arguments so that neither realm, at least prior to the climactic event, becomes too climactic or important to Eurydice. Thus, Ruhl’s structure serves to highlight Eurydice’s choice between the world of the living and romantic love versus the world of the dead and familial love. Yet, it is important to note that in the end Eurydice makes a choice to return to her father and abandons Orpheus by, perhaps deliberately, prompting him to turn around and terminate her chance of returning to the real world. This suggests that,

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