By Peter Murphy
1964 brings clean demanding situations to Ben Schroeder, now a member of chambers headed through Bernard Wesley quality control. A relationship couple were attacked at the banks of the River Ouse close to Ely. the inside track of thrashing, rape and homicide quickly turn into January's sensational headlines. Schroeder is named to help the defence yet lead quality controls, Martin Hardcastle, has a name that is going ahead of him. because the strain mounts, speak of alcoholism fills the court docket with Hardcastle's repeated absences and probably reckless activities risking the help of his workforce. And whilst a surprise choice is made, it truly is left to Ben and his colleague, Jess, to accommodate the implications. With the case drawing mass media awareness and public opinion turning opposed to capital punishment, Schroeder needs to once more face the unfairness, scandal and corruption of the brutal court truth and its verdict at the destiny of a man's lifestyles.
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The Homeric Hymn to Pythian Apollo illustrates how female sexuality forms another ambiguous mediation between culture and nature. 25 This Hymn operates within a scheme of contrasts wherein the birth of Athena, by male parthenogenesis from the head of Zeus, stands at the opposite extreme from the birth of Typhos, a dangerous monster created by female parthenogenesis from Hera, aided by Earth and a female serpent or drakaina. In the Greeks' malaise with the fully sexual female, total subjection to her reproductive sexuality is terrifying.
Lycaon, after tempting the gods with a banquet of human page_39 Page 40 flesh, not only himself undergoes metamorphosis into a wolf, but jeopardizes the continued existence of the human race, as his act motivates Jupiter to destroy humanity. In both myths the perverted hierarchical order, god/man/beast, is homologous with ambrosia/cooked food or sacrifice/rawness or cannibalism in the dietary code and Olympus/earth/Hades in the spatial code. Sacrifice sanctifies this order in an enacted ritual.
One should note that rawness here characterizes the violation of fundamental sanctions of civilized society: the defilement of holy places and the shedding of kindred blood. Similarly, the Athenian decision to destroy the whole city of the Mytileneans, innocent and guilty together, seemed raw and ominously big (omon* kai mega, Th. 4). Raw, like savage, does not become merely a metaphor for cruelty; it retains its associations with the beast world and with the norms of civilization that keep it at bay.
A Matter for the Jury by Peter Murphy