While Clytemnestra’s crime would be violent and shocking to the Argive men and to the Greek audience, her motivations for murdering her husband are not completely incomprehensible and are not without some roots in justice. After stabbing the king, Clytemnestra draws the chorus’ attention back to the other murder witnessed earlier in the play: the...
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...omer’s idea of savages taken from The Odyssey include people such as the Laestragonians who devour men routinely, without conscious thought for morality or consequence and men like the suitors who have committed crimes against xenia. Up until the sacrifice of Iphigeneia where she reaches her breaking point, Clytemnestra has not outrageously offended the gods, ruthlessly harassed members of other households, or acted thoughtlessly in any way, and even after this pivotal event, she carries out her plans with an impressive amount of mental assiduity. Throughout the Agamemnon, the chorus is unfair and imprecise when they accuse her of madness and savagery; she is not insane or barbaric but instead quite logical and mindful. These are qualities that at the very least deserve respect from an audience that can resist the biased judgements from the chorus of Argive elders.
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