Achiles Anoptheis Achilles Revisited Essay Research Paper — страница 4

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have just presented to me involving your friend, Mr. Atreides, is just such behaviour.” explained the doctor. “You mean to say that I am merely acting under a compulsion when I refuse to aid Alexander?” asked Oswald dubiously. The doctor nodded. “But wouldn’t you do the same thing if a friend of yours stabbed you in the back like he has done to me? and stolen my dream?” asked Oswald. “I anticipated this objection.” said the doctor complacently. “That is why I have a third reason. Ask yourself, if you were in his position would you have acted similarly?” “Well . . . ” hesitated Oswald. “You see that such behaviour is common in the business world, and you would probably have done the same had the roles been reversed.” said the doctor triumphantly.

“What you must realize is that all these years of competition have made you unable to accept defeat. The only way you can accept losing to Mr. Atreides without causing yourself considerable mental anguish, is by being a factor in his destruction, taking your revenge.” “I still don’t know,” said Oswald doubtfully, “I can’t-” The sound of a telephone ringing broke into the conversation. A look of anger passed across the doctor’s face as he stood up to answer it. “I apologize Mr. Reussi,” he said. “I thought I told my receptionist to hold all my calls.” “No need to apologize,” said Oswald, pulling a handsized, rectangular object from his pocket. “I believe it’s my phone.” He unfolded the phone and extended a concealed antenna. “Yes?” he said

tersely, and listened for a few seconds, his face growing taut. “Are you sure?” he asked. After listening for a few more seconds, he folded the phone back up and folded the antenna. “That was a friend of mine,” he explained, “Robert Patrolo, telling me that his company was just taken over by Trojan. Hector’s first move upon gaining control was to have him removed from the chairmanship. Hector knew that would get me.” He remained seated for a few seconds and then stood up, pulling on his jacket. “I believe you are right doctor.” he said. “I am going to help Mr. Atreides; and when we succeed I’m going to throw Hector out like a dog.” and so saying, he left the room. The doctor sat down again. He wondered over the man’s motives, and came to the conclusion

that he had not accomplished very much. All Reussi was doing was transferring his wrath from Mr. Atreides to Hector. “Ah well,” he thought, “I shall have to try a different approach next week.” He pressed the stop button on his tape recorder. The Director returned to the stage and signaled for the tape to be stopped. “I believe, gentlemen, that you are all aware of the profane theories of Sigmund Freud?” he glance around the auditorium observing their nods. “Well, for the first time, we are able to see those fanciful theories in actual application, rather than in text. The members of the Censor Society have graciously permitted us to listen to this recording in order to allow us to see the depths to which rationality can plunge. We must remember, as we attempt to

rebuild our society, that the only way is God’s way, as specifically set out in our sacred Books. I hope that you have gleaned the dire lesson that this recording has to offer. We must, at all costs, avoid the unplumbable depths of depravity to which the Nuclear Age descended, and construct our Society in accordance with the decrees of God. Praise God!” The audience rose and emphatically returned his farewell, well aware that they were being closely observed, and that any failure could result in the severest consequences. Epilogue The first order of business seems to be to acknowledge my debt, both in order to avoid accusations of plagiarism and subsequent litigation. The difficulty is that my debt extends to every book I have read since the age of five. I can, however,

endeavor to mention the more obvious ones. The main story is an attempt (an enormously presumptuous one at that) to compress and and modernize Homer’s Iliad. I also owe a great deal to Sigmund Freud’s writings, although I am certain that he would not admit to being the source of this perversion of his theories, were he alive to object. All that now remains is to offer a brief explanation of the story itself. The story is basically a modernization of the themes of the Iliad. In order to retain the father-son theme, I used an unresolved Oedipus complex. Achilles’ wrath is again shifted from Agamemmnon to Hector, although, as they say, the names have been changed to protect the innocent. I was at a loss to include an invocation to the Muse, but I eventually came up with the