Bessus


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Bessus

braggart soldier in the Miles Gloriosus tradition. [Br. Lit.: Walsh Modern, 55]
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Bessus is pragmatic: "But came not I up when the day was gone and redeemed all?
But the authors invite us to give Mardonius that credibility here; Bessus is such an identifiable type, the miles gloriosus, that we are encouraged not only to share Mardonius's certainty about him, but to approach subsequent characters with a similar means of typological evaluation, and a similar certainty as to their type.
For just as Mardonius correctly reads Bessus as a generic type, so he reads Arbaces, but this time incorrectly.
Since Arbaces is magnificent and ludicrous, an evaluation that demands exclusivity must read one of these two qualities as false, artificial, or erroneous, whether that evaluation is Mardonius's or Thomas Rymer's: "And far from decorum is it, that we find the King drolling and quibling with Bessus and his Buffoons, and worse, that they should presume to break their jests upon him.
His embrace of his tragic identity is the fulfillment of the choice offered him by his two counselors in this matter: Mardonius and Bessus, who, one after another, offer a reading of the situation.
But Fletcher is careful not to offer a comic reading of the situation as a preferable one, as the subsequent scene with Bessus reveals.
The hyperbole of this response is reflective of the degree to which Arbaces has already begun, under Mardonius's influence, to read his situation as irretrievably tragic, and his sense of Bessus as one who would "corrupt" and "infect" him is entirely reasonable under this assumption.
In the play, Mardonius stands in a critical relationship to both the absolutist King Arbaces of the upper plot and the cowardly, pandering Bessus of the lower.
10), with or without the prior agreement of Bessus, the satrap of Bactria, who had hoped to trade Darius, but found that Alexander was not minded to trade or take prisoners.