Cassandra By: Christa Wolf
Apollo & Cassandra
The author, Christa Wolf, born March 18, 1929, in Landsberg an der Warthe, Germany (now known as Gorzów Wielkopolski, Poland), was a screenwriter, essayist, and novelist. She, despite being raised by pro-nazi parents, wrote with a pure and honest heart determined to uncover the truth no matter the circumstances . After her long and successful career of writing and inspiring, she passed away of leukemia at the age of 82 in Berlin on December 1, 2011.
Cassandra is a modern retelling of the Trojan war and the events that took place during that time told from Cassandra’s point of view. The daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba, Cassandra is a prophet cursed by Apollo to know the outcome of “doomsday” and to never be listened to .
One, among many, important quotes from the novel Cassandra is one from the narrator herself reading, “We did not see ourselves as an example. We were grateful that we were the ones granted the highest privilege there is: to slip a narrow strip of future into the grim present, which occupies all of time”. This quote illuminates the reader as to how Cassandra feels about her social status. She feels like the people of lower classes are more fortunate with their freedoms than she is with her riches. This is a look into her character and the things that she values.