By Marie Cabaud Meaney
Marie Cabaud Meaney seems to be at Simone Weil's Christological interpretations of the Sophoclean Antigone and Electra, the Iliad and Aeschylus' Prometheus certain. except her article at the Iliad, Weil's interpretations usually are not well known, most likely simply because they're fragmentary and boldly twist the classics, occasionally even contradicting their literal that means. Meaney argues that Weil had an apologetic objective in brain: to the non secular ills of ideology and fanaticism in global warfare II she desired to provide a non secular resolution, particularly the re-Christianization of Europe to which she (though now not baptized herself) wanted to give a contribution not directly. To the highbrow agnostics of her day she meant to teach via her interpretations that the texts they adored a lot may possibly simply be totally understood in mild of Christ; to the Catholics she sought to bare that Catholicism was once even more common than typically believed, due to the fact Greek tradition already embodied the Christian spirit - probably to a better quantity than the Catholic Church ever had. regardless of or even due to this apologetic slant, Weil's readings discover new layers of those prevalent texts: Antigone is a Christological determine, battling Creon's ideology of the country through a folly of affection that leads her to a fondness during which she studies an abandonment just like that of Christ at the pass. The Iliad depicts a global as but unredeemed, yet which strains objectively the reign of strength to which either oppressors and oppressed are topic. Prometheus sure turns into the car of her theodicy, within which she indicates that discomfort basically is smart in gentle of the go. however the top of the religious lifestyles is defined in Electra which, she believes, displays a paranormal event - anything Weil herself had skilled without warning while "Christ himself got here down and took her" in November 1938. so as to do justice to Weil's readings, Meaney not just lines her apologetic intentions and explains the style during which she recasts prevalent Christian thoughts (thereby permitting them to come alive - whatever each solid apologist could be capable of do), but additionally situates them between average methods utilized by classicists at the present time, thereby exhibiting that her interpretations actually give a contribution anything new.