Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Literature and Mythology in Tennessee Williams's Suddenly Last Summer: Fighting against Venus and Oedipus

Pau Gilabert Barberà


The aim of this article is to analyze accurately the role played by two classical references, Venus and Oedipus, in Tennessee Williams’s Suddenly Last Summer, in accordance with the usual nature of studies on Classical Tradition—Greek and Roman—and focusing in this case on the relationship between literature and mythology. It is thanks to Venus and Oedipus that the playwright succeeds in showing the magnitude of men’s and women’s tragedy, which from his point of view is simply that they have failed to see either kindness in the face of God or to feel his loving and fatherly providence.

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