Great Moral Dilemmas in Literature, Past and Present

Great Moral Dilemmas in Literature, Past and Present

Great Moral Dilemmas in Literature, Past and Present

Great Moral Dilemmas in Literature, Past and Present

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CONTENTS

I. IN MODERN LITERATURE

1. The Tergiversation of Herman Wouk (The Caine Mutiny) Robert Bierstedt 1

2. Efficient Power and Inefficient Virtue (Bernard Shaw: Major Barbara) Charles Frankel 15

3. Art at War with the Good (Thomas Mann: Death in Venice) George N. Shuster 25

4. The Morality of Inertia (Edith Wharton: Ethan Frome) Lionel Trilling 37

5. When Should We Not Tell the Truth? (Henrik Ibsen: The Wild Duck) John E. Smith 47

6. The Line of Caponsacchi (Robert Browning: The Ring and the Book) Edward Davison 61

7. The Ceremony of Innocence (Herman Melville: Billy Budd) William York Tindall 73

II. IN EARLIER LITERATURE

8. Can One Sell One's Soul? (The Faust Legend) Henry Hatfield 83

9. The Dilemma of Hamlet (William Shakespeare: Hamlet) Edgar Johnson 99

10. The Choice of Socrates (Plato: Crito) Richard McKeon 113

11. Happiness as the Goal (Euripides: The Bacchae) Whitney J. Oates 135

12. The Choice of Antigone (Sophocles: Antigone) John F. C. Richards 145

13. The Conflict of Tradition and Experience (The Book of Job) Robert Gordis 155

Contributors to "Great Moral Dilemmas: In Literature, Past and Present" 179

Index 181

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