Sardanapalus act v
- The break of day is glorious and makes the human activity hideous.
"The day at last has broken " reminds me of another's words but I cannot
The sun rise is even more impressive because it may be their last and
it even makes her see why they worship the sun.
A philosophical/ religious discussion on the nature of the sun. Is it a
god or the habitation of gods?
Salemenes is wounded . Myrrha says she can not extract the javelin
without the loss of his life. He does not spend time bemoaning his fate
but deals with appointing a successor to himself. Unfortunately the man
he would appoint is dead.
It is revealed that sardanapalus over ruled Salemeneses who wanted to
wait for re enforcement's. A rush to battle by Sardanapalus may have
worked the defeat he was trying to avoid. Salemenses draws out the
weapon and dies saying "I'd rather see you thus!"
Water has breached part of the defences and the king calls for the
barks after all are freed in the palace and told to escape to safety.
The king refuses to go.
A herald comes and tells him that those he had pardoned have usurped
The king is offered a golden cage if his three princes are given up as
Sardanapalus requests an hour in which to decide, is generous to the
herald, and says he will meet with Beleses in a year's time in Babylon.
It soon becomes clear that the meeting place will be in an after life.
It becomes apparent that Sardanapalus has requested a pyre built around
the throne. Myrrha says that she will light the fire.
Sardanapalus says: Adieu, Assyria! I loved thee well, my own, my
father's land, And better as my country than as my kingdom. I sated
thee with peace and joys; and this is my reward; and now I owe thee
nothing-- not even a grave."
She lights the pyre and the curtain falls.
- Does anyone know if Sardanapalus was done in Byron's day? At all? Recently?
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