The story of agamemnon in aeschyluss agamemnon

Yea, let him come, and coming may he find A wife no other than he left her, true And faithful as a watch-dog to his home, His foemen's foe, in all her duties leal, Trusty to keep for ten long years unmarred The store whereon he set his master-seal. Irony gone and deceptions aside, she rejoices in earnest at her murder of Agamemnon, stabbing him a "third blow, in thanks and reverence to Zeus" and pointing to his blood on her clothes—no doubt, the actor's costume was splattered with red paint—which made her glad, "as gardens stand among the showers of God in glory at the birthtime of the buds.

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Aegisthus successfully murdered Atreus and restored his father to the throne. In front of the palace there are statues of the gods, and altars prepared for sacrifice. Finally, the Greek text, as it exists today, has been damaged in the process of transmission i. The play ends with the Chorus wishing for Agamemnon's son, Orestes, to come back from exile and avenge Agamemnon. After Clytemnestra and Agamemnon leave the stage, the chorus sings a song and still Cassandra is silent. Beaming with joy, Clytemnestra ends the scene with a prayer to Zeus the Fulfiller to fulfill her prayers, and then follows her hapless husband inside for the slaughter. Of course, she could be standing at the back of the stage so he doesn't see her, but why would she hide from a Herald? The last conversation they had was, no doubt, a terrible fight about Iphigenia's sacrifice ten years ago. Second, Aeschylus' masterful interweaving of images, symbols and verbal cues makes for some elegant but dense poetry which at times makes hard reading. Cassandra, who has prophetic powers, reveals the past and the future. She has been nursing a grudge for many years since Agamemnon had sacrificed their daughter, Iphigenia , at the start of the Trojan War in order to to appease the offended god Artemis. Oh, let there be no fresh wrong done! In no time all of Argos is buzzing with activity, with many sacrifices being offered to the gods. Woe for the home, the home! In fact, she's the only one besides Clytemnestra who's aware of what's about to happen inside the palace.

Second Stasimon The chorus The chorus takes Helen to task. When Agamemnon initially hesitates to step on the tapestries, Clytemnestra asks him, "If Priam had won as you have, what would he have done?

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The chorus' feeble response to this crisis is natural, coming as it does from old, ineffectual men. One said of old, The gods list not to hold A reckoning with him whose feet oppress The grace of holiness- An impious word!

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Too much glory brings an inevitable fall. All hail! And after they reconciled, even Achilles admits in Book 23 that Agamemnon is "the best in strength and in throwing the spear. First, the words of this song now stand alone without the music which the playwright composed to accompany them, so it's hard to grasp fully the beauty of these lyrics all on their own. To stain with virgin blood a father's hands, and slay My daughter, by the altar's side! When Agamemnon begins to announce his plans to convene a council of the people and learn what's happened in his city during his long absence —which is important information because Clytemnestra now knows he's not heard about her affair with Aegisthus and thus probably doesn't suspect her desire to kill him—she must interrupt, because she can't let that meeting happen. Throughout this scene, her words drip with anger and sarcasm. To thee at last, beneath the tenth year's sun, My feet return; the bark of my emprise, Tho' one by one hope's anchors broke away, Held by the last, and now rides safely here. They take over the government, and the Chorus declares that Clytemnestra's son Orestes will return from exile to avenge his father. Appropriately for this humorous passage, Aeschylus makes reference to a myth associated more often with comedy than tragedy. The Queen appears, and the Chorus asks her why she has ordered sacrifices of thanksgiving. Our chief is gone, the hero of the spear, And hath not left his peer! Clytemnestra enters. It includes a series of moving and vivid images. The chorus says it has been anxious for the return.

Ah woe and well-a-day! It's indeed quite like Homer to construct a simile which is apt but at the same time ironically eccentric.

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