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Samson Agonistes

Samson Agonistes

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John Milton

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Character Role Analysis

Samson and Harapha

There's only one other really big, really strong guy in Samson: the giant Harapha. While united by their reputation for great strength, the two strong men are opposite in all kinds of other ways: prisoner and free, Hebrew and Philistine. In fact, Harapha practically scripts himself as Samson's foil by announcing his intention to come and visit Samson as just an opportunity to check out another famously strapping guy. But how exactly their own attitudes toward their strength differ... well, we think that's meant to be a little less clear.


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