Canonical “Back-Talk”: Supporting Characters as Social Critics
This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the devoted resistance of some supporting characters in canonical stories in Jewish texts and Greek tragedy. It argues that the use of the interpretive lens of devoted resistance allows the critical relational voice of supporting characters to be detected in central canonical stories and characters of Jewish tradition. It highlights the recurring motif of supporting characters critiquing culture heroes and even stripping them of their authority, their status, and their names. This chapter concludes that devoted resistance complicates the legacies of all the canonical supporting characters examined in this study and holds the potential to complicate others.
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