chapter  8
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The 'Heracles'

The plot is more orthodox than that of the Hecuba, in that it is based on one story, not two, but (like the plots of the Troades and Suppliant Women) it is not a dramatic unity. Between the peril of Heracles' dependants, with which we start, and the madness that descends on Heracles, there is no connexion but juxtaposition, and the last scene, introduced by the opportune arrival of Theseus, has no strict causal connexion with the previous one.