Gender Roles In Aeschylus's Oresteia

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One understated connection in many parts of Aeschylus’s "Oresteia" is the role and treatment of characters based on gender. Obviously, gender roles were much different in ancient times, but I find it very interesting of how it compares to modern times. In modern times, women play a very limited role in most stories, movies, and even society, which is proven by statistics. It is interesting to read about the role of women in the books of myth because not only is it similar to modern times, but also differs very greatly.
For example, Athena, one of the main characters in Aeschylus’s “The Eumenides,” was born from the head of her father Zeus. Women obviously give birth to children, but this led me to believe that since Athena was born from
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Agamemnon is pretty much obliged to do what is best for his people and hometown. In order to do so he sacrifices his daughter, a female. Agamemnon, even pressured, sacrificed his daughter to set out for war instead of protecting the ones that he loves, which also destroyed his relationship with Clytemnestra. “For many men value appearances more than reality—thus they violate what’s right. Everyone’s prepared to sigh over some suffering man, though no sorrow really eats their hearts, or they can pretend to join another person’s happiness forcing their faces into smiling masks. But a good man discerns true character— he’s not fooled by eyes feigning loyalty, favoring him with watered-down respect” (Agamemnon). I am thinking his thought process was sacrifice one to save many. Still, Clytemnestra seeking revenge for her daughter shows how strong she is to even try to cross the boundaries of society and wish for her daughter to rest in …show more content…
Throughout the story of Agamemnon, the characters often stereotype women, but we are not really sure if Aeschylus agrees with this. For example, the Chorus often mentions that women are incoherent and don’t really pay attention. The Chorus says this to criticize Clytemnestra, but is she actually not paying attention to what she is doing? Clytemnestra’s plan for revenge definitely required careful preparation and planning. Some of the words that come out of the characters about women are completely wrong, although there is a stereotype that they said is

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