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  • Clytemnestra and Aphrodite

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    Clytemnestra is one of Greek literature’s most famous villains while Aphrodite is seen as one of the most desirable women in literature. Greek Goddesses are celebrated for their manlike traits where as human females are thought to be undesirable for them. This relationship further proves that gods and goddesses are superior not only in power but also in social status. By comparing Aechylus’ Agamemnon with The Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite we can see how in ancient Greece, literature taught women to be

  • Character Analysis Of Clytemnestra

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    The character Clytemnestra develops dramatically over the course of the play. When Ag first arrives back home she presents herself as very sweet and innocent; “And he will find a home a wife as faithful as he left.” (662) She furthermore tries to convince him of how much she suffered without him there. Her goal by covering up her true feelings is to gain his trust. Clytemnestra makes the remark,“At a cruel message noosed my throat in a hung cord” in reference to when she was fearful of bad news from

  • Agamemnon And Clytemnestra Analysis

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    Josh Dao Mr. Kubus English IV – 01 April 22, 2014 “Agamemnon” or Clytemnestra in Aeschylus’ Agamemnon The role of women in ancient Greece when put side by side with the role of men is relatively insignificant, yet in Greek tragedies such as Agamemnon, Oedipus the King and Orestes, the women are often given the title of “main character,” thus revealing the ideal standards of how women are treated and thought of in society at the time. Many, if not most of the popular Greek tragedies have several

  • Tragic Heroines: Medea and Clytemnestra

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    heroes (heroines) were Medea and Clytemnestra. They share characteristics Aristotle deemed essential for the heroic character in a tragedy. They are both of high rank. Medea is a princess and a sorceress, and Clytemnestra was the de facto ruler of Argos in Agamemnon’s absence. Their tales initially evoked sympathy, but hamartia and hubris were instrumental in each woman's downfall. Both suffer significant peripety as victims of their overly passionate natures. Clytemnestra is obsessed by the desire for

  • Clytemnestra: Not Another Homeric Savage

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    Oresteia, the chorus of Argive elders expresses keen outrage at the killing of Agamemnon, which suggests that they equate savagery with the madness they see in Clytemnestra: “just as your mind is maddened by the bloody deed, the blood-fleck in your eyes is clear to see” (1426-1427). In many places throughout the play, however, Clytemnestra proves that she does not fit the description of savage that is defined in Homer’s literature, for example and instead gives evidence that she is a very complex

  • Clytemnestra And Iphigenia In Aeschylus Agamemnon

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    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

  • The Role Of Feminism In Medea And Clytemnestra

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    persona. Medea and Agamemnon portray strong, but rash women, who do not settle for injustices related to them. The epistemology of Euripides and Aeschylus works can be further understood when a feminist standpoint is considered. The women, Medea and Clytemnestra, show the importance of not treating a female as less, although, most women today do not kill those who are unjust, they do strike back against the wrongful act. At the start of Medea, a play by Euripides, Medea is a mess. Her husband, the no

  • Gender Roles In Medea And Clytemnestra

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    norms of that time-period. On particular, Medea in Euripides and Clytemestra in Agamemnon both challenge the patriarchy society that exists by confronting authority, displaying power, and confronting male authority. To being with, both Medea and Clytemnestra are extremely confrontational. They do not back down from males who have higher authority than

  • The Powerful Clytemnestra in Aeschylus' Oresteia

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    The Powerful Clytemnestra in Aeschylus' Oresteia What Price Glory? was the title of a Maxwell Anderson play about World War I. Although the Oresteia deals with the period following a much different war, the same question can be asked of it. In the trilogy Aeschylus presents the reader with a stunning example of ancient Greek society, in which warrior ideals were firmly held, and glory in battle was considered the supreme good. The question of moral justification in the trilogy brings in many

  • Deceitful Clytemnestra of Euripides' Electra

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    Deceitful Clytemnestra of Euripides' Electra Agamemnon returns from Troy, a victorious general, bringing home spoils, riches and fame. He is murdered on the same day as he returns. Clytemnestra, his adulterous wife, has laid in wait for her husband's homecoming and kills him whilst he is being bathed after his long journey. During the Agamemnon, large proportions of the Queen's words are justifications for her action, which is very much concerned with the sacrifice of Iphigenia to the gods,