Essay about The Greek Tragedy

1862 Words Nov 19th, 2015 8 Pages
Clytemnestra is an ancient Greek legend and the wife of Agamemnon, who is the King of Argos as well as the commander of the Greek forces in the Trojan War. Clytemnestra is a very important character in Aeschylus’ Agamemnon, a Greek tragedy, because her actions are the main focus on the play. One of the most important parts of the play is its ability to offer a socio-historical analysis of fifth century BCE Athens. It is vital that Clytemnestra and her crimes are considered from the point of view of the ancient Athenian society rather than from a modern perspective. The play shows the complex gender issues as well as the position of Athenian women during the fifth century. Tragedies are often considered not to be the best basis on which to make socio-historical assumptions, but they can be very useful especially when discussing circumstances and attitudes that are in most cases left obscure in the light of other evidence. Greek tragedies like Agamemnon, reveal, especially to modern audiences, certain factors that are associated with powerful women like Clytemnestra, who transgresses the ordinary norms of traditional female behavior by adopting male characteristic in her speech and actions. The justice that is carried out in Agamemnon and in The Libation Bearers, might be better termed as revenge because the people of Argos are very mad and hateful towards the things done by Clytemnestra. In The Libation Bearers, the chorus said, “… Justice screams / and demands her price. /…

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