The three contesets in the Knights

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  • The Contests in Knights
    • Agon ONE
      • Absurd accusations against one another are made.
      • threats towards one another
        • Phap: " I'll stretch your hide, I'll give you no relief"
          • S.S. " I'll make your skin a wallet for a thief"
        • S.S. " I'll make your skin a wallet for a thief"
      • Pylos
        • "look what happened when he pretended to be a tough man and went and reaped someone else's harvest"
        • "I'm not afraid of you not while the Council chamber stands and the people sits assembly [aside] with open mouths and empty brain boxes"
      • ludicrous competition
        • "a first rate liar too!" to which Paph responds "that's stepping on my territory!"
        • "I'm a real thief are you? "
        • Story of the politician seeing SS and telling him he'll be "the peoples watchdog one day"
      • SS unfairly beats Phaph (literally) with the help of Demosthenes.
      • leads on to the next contest in which P tries to win over the ekklesia
      • P proves he has a hold over the council, admits to bribing, lying and steeling.
    • Contest TWO
      • reported by the SS
      • the two try to win over the Boule.
      • When SS gets there it seems the Pahap has them "listening intently" and "being taken in by his lies and trickery"
      • a lot of references to the volume of P's voice. seems those who shout the loudest do best
      • Mock religion, prays to the gods of "wool pulling" and then "bows low in the acceptance of the omen" which was the "fart" of a man in the Boule
      • absurd situation.
        • "the council were all on their feet shouting sardines sardines!"
        • "for an obol's worth of coriander I've got the whole council in my back pocket
        • S.S clearly wins. the Paph is thrown out of the assembly
          • Contest TWO
            • reported by the SS
            • the two try to win over the Boule.
            • When SS gets there it seems the Pahap has them "listening intently" and "being taken in by his lies and trickery"
            • a lot of references to the volume of P's voice. seems those who shout the loudest do best
            • Mock religion, prays to the gods of "wool pulling" and then "bows low in the acceptance of the omen" which was the "fart" of a man in the Boule
            • absurd situation.
              • "the council were all on their feet shouting sardines sardines!"
              • "for an obol's worth of coriander I've got the whole council in my back pocket
              • S.S clearly wins. the Paph is thrown out of the assembly
              • references to peace "wot, Peace, nah thank you"
        • references to peace "wot, Peace, nah thank you"
      • The Ekklesia, THREE
        • Gifts to the people
          • Cushion for battle scars
          • shoes and a sleeved tunic
            • Cushion for battle scars
          • Leather jacket
          • used tissue
            • Leather jacket
          • TP takes his ring from the Paph
          • Table (S.S.) and chair (P)
        • "at home the old man's perfectly intelligent, put him on that hill and he gawpes as if he's trying to catch a fig"
        • Visual/ verbal humour
          • "knocking violently on the door" to get the people to come out
          • "thepeoplekins! daddy!" (SS)
        • absurdity as the two try to prove love
          • "because the people I love you I truly do" P's explanation for being beaten up
          • "I'm also your lover" SS
        • the use of Omens
          • P claims the people is destined to rule the world
          • SS claims that the people shall wear a golden crown, a purple robe and ride a golden chariot
          • Visual humour in the carrying of the oracles and the clash when trying to get to theirs first
          • P claims that he must be protected by the people
          • uses the oracles to try and save himself after the people declares P his steward
          • P claims that he is the lion in the oracle and as such thepeople must protect him
            • the People say he is like Leon, anther way of referring to Antileon a tyrant of Athens
        • Context
          • The people asks SS if he is a descendant from Harmdius the Liberator"
            • a loved Athenian who assassinated the brother of Hippias losing his own life in the process
            • earlier the SS accuses P of being the grandson of "king Happyarse"
              • A dictator
                • equivalent to accusing someone of being an descendant of Hitler
                • Antileon
              • equivalent to accusing someone of being an descendant of Hitler
          • earlier the SS accuses P of being the grandson of "king Happyarse"
            • A dictator
              • Antileon
        • "how long have you been carrying on your fiddles without my knowing it?" marks a change in the peoples perspective
        • Absurd accusations
          • SS accuses P of having "a whole army of tanners" waiting for him to take over
          • "he deliberately tried to suffocate you" leather jacket
          • "he wanted you to buy lots of it [...] the start farting when you were in the jury and kill each other with the fumes"
        • hampers
          • §P à Cake made of Barley; SS à Bread soaked in soup §P à Slice of fish; SS à meat boiled with soup with a special cut of tripe §P à gravy boat; SS à ribs of beef §P à slice of cake; SS à whole cake §Jugged hare – SS steals it
        • the ending
          • mock tragedy P has anagnoriasis
            • "oh woe is me, I'm finished"
          • ends up flogging his guts out

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