Modern students experience considerable stress during their school years; there is a strong focus on positive presentation and personality, as well as achieving good grades and encouraging athleticism. These demands are made without considering each student's individuality and strengths. This school-centered drama discusses the central theme outlined above and depicts the lives and relationships of six high school students, each of whom has different dreams and goals which they struggle to achieve, despite trials and tribulations.
Runtime: 60 minutes
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The Secret History is the first novel by Donna Tartt, published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1992. A 75,000 print order was made for the first edition (as opposed to the usual 10,000 order for a debut novel), and the book became a bestseller. Set in New England, The Secret History tells the story of a closely knit group of six classics students at a small, elite Vermont college, Hampden College, similar in many respects to Bennington College (in Bennington, Vermont) where Tartt was a student from 1982 to 1986. The story is an inverted detective story, not a whodunit but a whydunit. One of the six students is the story's narrator, Richard Papen, who reflects, years later, on the situation that led to a murder within the group, the murder being confessed at the outset of the novel but the events otherwise revealed sequentially. In the prologue before the first chapter, we are told of the murder of student Edmund “Bunny” Corcoran, although few details are given initially. In the first chapter we are introduced to Richard Papen of California. The novel explores the circumstances and lasting effects of Bunny's death on the academically and socially isolated group of Classics students of which he was a part.
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According to Michiko Kakutani, some aspects of the novel are reflective of Nietzsche's model of Dionysian and Apollonian expression in The Birth of Tragedy. Kakutani, speaking in the New York Times, states “In The Secret History, Ms. Tartt manages to make... melodramatic and bizarre events (involving Dionysian rites and intimations of satanic power) seem entirely plausible.” Because the author introduces the murder and those responsible at the outset, critic A.O. Scott labeled it “a murder mystery in reverse.” In 2013, John Mullan wrote an essay for The Guardian titled “Ten Reasons Why We Love Donna Tartt's The Secret History”, which includes “It starts with a murder,” “It is in love with Ancient Greece,” “It is full of quotations,” and “It is obsessed with beauty.”
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