Analysis Of ' Agamemnon ' And ' The Libation Bearers ' Essay

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The world in which The Oresteia takes place is one where light and darkness are just two of many images used to enhance all viewpoints of the society that “Clytaemnestra” “Agamemnon” and “The Libation Bearers” occupy. The evolution is shown throughout the tragedy of The Oresteia, beginning in “Agamemnon”. The first play begins with the watchman noticing a signal fire upon a mountain, which lights up the night sky, therefore, alerting Argos that the Trojan War is finally over. Light and darkness oppose and support each other for the rest of The Oresteia, symbolizing the adjustments and struggles taking place during this time of change. Images of light and darkness are first shown when the watchman proclaims, “You dawn of darkness, you turn night to day- / I see the light at last. / They’ll be dancing in the streets of Argos” (A 25-27). This is an excellent example of a light image with two meanings. The signal fire can be viewed as a ‘false’ dawn; the Argives have been waiting for not only the end of the Trojan War, but for the end of the curse on the House of Atreus as well. This initiates an image that will occur during the whole of the play. Throughout The Oresteia, Aeschylus uses the image of light and darkness to illustrate the movement from a patriarchal rule commanded by retribution and individual revenge, to the era of democracy governed by law and trial.
The imagery of light and dark symbolized the progression from evil to good during the play of “Agamemnon”.…

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