Clytemnestra And Iphigenia In Aeschylus Agamemnon

analytical Essay
1302 words
1302 words

The main characters in Aeschylus’ Agamemnon formulate two different narratives about the death of their daughter, Iphigenia. As a result of their stories and coping mechanisms being different, the unity of their home is disrupted. Like most stories with multiple authors there are discrepancies, exaggerations, disregarded information, and changes in the way the story is told in order to support the narrators’ agenda. In Agamemnon, Aeschylus reveals through the transformed relationship between Clytemnestra and Agamemnon-as a result of the death of Iphigenia-that when marital partners have discrepancies in shared personal memories that their ideas of home and homecoming are also inconsistent. Clytemnestra as the mother of Iphigenia develops a story about her daughters’ demise; this story ultimately …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how the main characters in aeschylus' agamemnon form two different narratives about the death of their daughter, iphigenia.
  • Analyzes how clytemnestra's refined image of homecoming contrasts immensely with agamemnon’s supposition.
  • Analyzes how agamemnon and clytemnestra's retelling of iphigenia affect their view of home.
  • Analyzes how agamemnon develops a story about the sacrifice of his daughter and his view of home which is different from clytemnestra’s.
  • Analyzes how agamemnon's version of the story is different from clytemnestra’s because they share the same home but view it differently now.

Her version of the story reveals her agenda to redeem revenge in the form of justice for her daughter. Her narrative focuses on the turpitude of Agamemnon’s act and never accommodates the information the chorus communicates to her about how difficult it was for Agamemnon to make the decision; that when Artemis requested the sacrifice he felt like “[his] hands [were] stained” and that he had no other option (page 110, line 210). In Robert Fagles’ translation of Agamemnon, this does not get incorporated into her story because she was not present, when this occurred. Had she been present she might have been more empathetic to Agamemnon creating a more nuanced version of the story; not to say she would have spared his life, but had she still decided to execute him her reason might have been more geared towards justice than revenge. As a result of her absence during the murder, she now only perceives him with resentment, and this is the beginning of the discrepancies in their stories. A problem in the retelling of the story of Iphigenia that

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