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Identify the various literary, theatrical, and philosophical influences that Walker...

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pashti | Student, Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted June 12, 2013 at 12:10 AM via web

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Identify the various literary, theatrical, and philosophical influences that Walker integrates into the play Zastrozzi: The Master of Discipline, by George F. Walker.

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Kay Morse | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted June 12, 2013 at 10:50 PM (Answer #1)

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The dominant literary influence is the novel of the same title by Percy Bysshe Shelley. In both, Zastrozzi avenges his mother's death. One theatrical influence is the use of archetypes in drama. There is the quintessential virgin, Julia; the great martial arts master, Zastrozzi; the religious figure, Victor; and the artiste and criminal, Verezzi. Zastrozzi stalks Verezzi with great mastery of discipline, while Victor defends Verezzi; Julia complicates situations while Matilda continues as the "most accomplished seductress in Europe."

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