Here Agamemnon had betrayed Clytaemnestra and their daughters trust, and for that she sought revenge. Medea's husband, Jason, had dishonored her with his unfaithfulness. Medea sought to kill everything that was important in Jason's life in order to seek justice. Clytaemnestra and Medea are similar but yet different in the ways that they define justice, setup up their victims, carry out the just sentence and in the end justify their actions. Clytaemnestra feels the only justice for the death of her daughter, Iphigeneia, is the death of Agamemnon.
Medea emotions were contradicting because Jason caused the “deepest wound.” The only way to hurt Jason like he hurt her was to kill the royal family and to kill their sons. This revenge was bitter tasting. It was bitter because her kids suffered at the hands of someone who was to care and love them. Imagined how much pain and heartache a mother had to suffer to kill her own born. She killed her sons for two reasons: one, she knew the only way to ensure that Jason’s legacy never continues is if she did the impeccable and for two so people will not wish death upon her sons.
Also, he lets his pride get in the way which triggers the suicide of Haimon and his wife, Eurydice. By the end of the tragedy, Creon is forced to live through the painful death of his family, thus being the tragic character because he suffered the most. Creon is the tragic character of Antigone because his pride blocks the path of him being wise. He sentences his niece, Antigone, to death because she has buried her brother, Polynices, whom Creon considers a traitor. This leads to an argument to his son, Haimon, who is also Antigone’s fiancé.
It would prove that he was of weak character, especially since a girl went against him. Creon said, “This girl was an old hand at insolence when she overrode the edicts we made public. But once she’d done it- the insolence, twice over- to glory in it, laughing, mocking us to... ... middle of paper ... ...’s blood, feed their lust, their fury?- Feed their fury!- Law is law!- Let all go well.”(307) Clytemnestra killed her husband upon his return from the battle of Troy. She was so heartbroken that he had killed her daughter. The tragedy in this story is almost the same as that of Antigone.
Antigone's fate was to die trying to honor her dead brother and be loyal her family. In the first paragraph of the play it reads, "My darling sister Ismene, we have had a fine inheritance from Oedipus. God has gone through the whole range of sufferings and piled them all on us, -grief upon grief, humiliation upon humiliation". This tells just how bad fate had treated the family of Oedipus. Creon's fate though was to lose all of his family and live the rest of his life knowing it was his entire fault.
Then, it follows as such that Medea could be seen as a heartless and illogical women, willing even to sacrifice her children for her husband’s misery. Her actions inspire fear from the male audience, reaffirming the idea that independent women were dangerous. However, due to this reason, it becomes infinitely more difficult to decipher Euripides’ true intentions. Thus, Euripides is often characterized as a misogynist, though “ many of his portraits of girls and women show them in a wholly admirable light” (Flaceliere 217). Medea is a loving mother and wife, who had sacrificed nearly everything for her husband.
The play is built around the conflict between King Creon and Antigone, who breaks the law by burying her brother Polynices. King Creon considers Polynices a traitor, and decides to kill Antigone as a punishment. Eventually he realizes that he made a mistake, but by then it’s already too late to avoid the disaster leading to three tragic deaths. Not only Antigone but also her sister Ismene, and her fiancé’s mother Eurydice are certainly women with strong opinions and they are not afraid to show them. The striking contrast between women’s role in Ancient Greece and the way they are portrayed in Antigone, made me think; what was the real reason behind men’s need to try to control women.
After Antigone is banished to death in the cavern, the chorus details the downfall of the mythical figure Lycurgus: “And there his rage his terrible flowering rage burst – sobbing, dying away… at last that madman came to know his god – the power he mocked, the power he taunted in all his frenzy trying to stamp out the women strong with the god…” (108). This passage essentially serves to foreshadow Creon’s demise. It can be seen from this passage that there are parallels between Creon’s, Antigone’s, and Lycurgus’ downfall. In this particular moment in the story, Creon “mocks” and “taunts” the power of the gods by “stamping out” Antigone. Antigone can be considered a “woman strong with the [gods]” because of her decision to uphold divine law over state law.
Upon learning that she had sent her daughter to her death due to the deceit of her husband, Clytemnestra was grieved and enraged beyond measure and gave her heart over to the avengement of her daughter. The very strong reaction Clytemnest... ... middle of paper ... ...er psychological reasons for the murder are the point and not her emotional state. Considering this, both Agamemnon and Electra reach similar conclusions concerning Clytemnestra's situation. She has ample grounds for hating her husband but no-one holds her justified in killing him in either play, "your words are just; yet in your 'justice' there remains something repellent." Electra disposes of her mother's defence in detail and leaves the audience feeling that Clytemnestra's murder of her husband really was not warranted.
Clytaemnestra is one who upheld the laws of the Furies. Agamemnon's murder of Iphegenia at Aulis was pure outrage. "Yes he had the heart to sacrifice his daughter , to bless the war…" (Agamemnon lines 222-223) Agamemnon killed his own blood relation in order to sail for Troy. This too, is a terrible crime, seemingly of the same weight as Orestes' act. Clytaemnestra believed she was justified in avenging her daughter, because her husband violated a sacred tenant of the old gods.