Gender Equality In Aeschylus's Agamemnon

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Aeschylus’s Agamemnon is a very powerful piece of literature. It has several commanding themes, such as Justice and Judgment, Fate and Free Will, and several ties to gender equality. Gender equality is repeated brought into our eyes through the use of the character Clytemnestra. At many points in Agamemnon, we hear characters utter stereotyped and irrational views on women. The women in this story are known to be cheaters, murderers, and liars. We first learn about Clytemnestra when the Watchman speaks of her in the opening scene. He doesn’t seem too fond of her and as the play progresses we quickly learn why. The women in the play seem to be helpless and at the whim of the man however clearly Clytemnestra has proven women to be equal to men.
“(Chorus): "[Menelaus and Agamemnon 's] loud and ringing cry was of war, from anger, like vultures which in extreme anguish for their young wheel and spiral high above their nests […].
On high, someone – either Apollo or Pan or Zeus – hears the birds ' wailed lament, the sharp cry of these settlers in
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Clytemnestra is a liar and a two timing cheater so are her words true of just a ruse for the audience. Women from this play are misunderstood and are no different than the men. The men are able to break whatever moral laws they prefer and if a women is to do the same she is shunned from society. Clytemnestra committed adultery for the reason of being alone for over a decade and in return Agamemnon was committing the same acts with Cassandra. The death of her daughter caused a fire to light inside Clytemnestra and she killed her husband for his actions. The women in the play are misunderstood and behave the same as any man would. They can be more emotional and irrational than the men, however it is no excuse for their actions. No one man or woman can be judged based of their actions, one must consider all perspective to truly understand

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