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  • The Punishment Of Justice In Aeschylus The Oresteia

    In Aeschylus’ The Oresteia, a controversial issue has been whether it is right or wrong to enact revenge, or if justice should be sought after by the law. On the one hand, some argue that justice can only be procured by the law and fair judgement of a trial, because it eliminates passionate thought and bias. On the other hand, however, others argue that justice is brought to a person with an “eye for an eye” perspective, where people take it upon themselves to get what they want. In the words of one of this view’s main proponents, Electra states, “a judge you mean, or just avenger?”(74). According to this view, Electra proposes the question of the whole play, whether people fairly judge, or if they decide the punishment of a person by acting…

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  • Aeschylus: The First Legendary Ancient Greek Theatre

    The first European dramatist Aeschylus is one of three legendary ancient Greek writers, who specialize in Greek tragedy. Joining him are legend’s Sophocles and Euripides. These men framed what societies called theater into what is it today by reconstructing the ways Greeks viewed theater. Aeschylus essentially learned to express the meaning of his plays through experience and creativity. He was a man who’s main purpose was to produce the correlation of man and the many gods the Greek’s believed…

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  • Founding Vs. Constitution: Ancient Tragedy And The Origins Of Political Community

    while ancient civilizations often could not employ the language for constitutions, in the founding of Athens, The Oresteia, a play by Aeschylus, the people clearly state a foundation for this new city. The foundation they set, Saxonhouse asserts, is one where the familial ties must be suppressed in favor of working towards a better society for the citizens of Athens. This is clearly supported through the trial set forth by Athena, the speech given by Apollo during the trial, and the slow…

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  • Compare And Contrast Medea And Clytemnestra

    Medea and Clytemnestra are two iconic transgressive female characters in classic literature. In Euripides’ Medea, the female powerhouse Medea is presented as a ruthlessly strong female whose actions can make the audience squirm. In Aeschylus’ Agamemnon, Clytemnestra is painted as a bold female who seethes revenge and successfully gets it. Both women are undeniably strong, and given their situations, Clytemnestra is the more sympathetic character. As for the theme of feminism in the plays…

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  • Analysis Of On Misunderstanding The Oedipus Rex

    absence of control in neglecting to comply with its directives, also it is a fundamental basic rule that what is not said in the play does not exist. Dodds claimed that Oedipus Rex is not a detective story but dramatized folktale. In the last paragraph, Dodds dispels the critics misinterpretation of hamartia and developed a conclusion for those that claimed that Oedipus could have avoided his fate. Oedipus does what he can to evade his destiny: he resolves never to see his supposed parents…

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  • Oresteia The Agamemnon Analysis

    technique, Aeschylus fills his tragedy, Oresteia: The Agamemnon, with layers of multiplicity. Essentially, multiplicity in this tragedy entails using dialogues containing several meanings to convey truths about Greek society and to shed light on situations outside the current action. Aeschylus’ use of this dramatic tool contributes to the success of the novel and adds depth to the meaning of the characters’ conversations. Furthermore, it affords the audience an opportunity to personally…

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  • Religion In Aeschylus's Agamemnon

    Aeschylus exhibited an era of ancient Greece in his play, Agamemnon, through his language which displayed a society with a very influential religious discourse that lacked specific guidelines. He establishes the immense impact of religion through the main character, Agamemnon, when he sacrifices her daughter in the play; "And ill, to smite my child, my household’s love and pride! To stain with virgin blood a father’s hands, and slay My daughter, by the altar’s side!” (Aeschylus 251-253).…

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  • Greek Theater: The Ineffable Role Of Greek Theater

    comedy.(2) Comedies and theater wouldn’t be possible at all without the playwrights who wrote them. Tragedy Playwrights Only a small number of tragedies survived as full works from the Athenian festivals, but they include the plays of three major playwrights. One of the playwright was Aeschylus. Aeschylus was the first writer to add a second person in his plays. He first won the prize for tragedy in 484 B.C. He is known to have written about eighty plays, but only seven full works have made…

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  • Tragedy In Sophocles Oedipus The King

    Many best-selling books and Oscar winning movies are dramas. Sophocles, known as one of the greatest tragedians of all time, paved the way for all the future dramatic writers. Being as talented as he was, Sophocles had a very successful and prosperous career. He competed in the prestigious Dionysian Dramatic Festival 30 times, and died with 24 victorious first places under his belt. As a result of, growing up wealthy and being taught by the best professors in Athens, Sophocles’ prolific writings…

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  • Role Of Sacrifice In Antigone

    The Divine Sacrifice Although it is believed that ancient Greeks did not practice human sacrifice, the concept itself occupied a large space of Greek drama, which raises questions about its meaning(s), function(s), and how it has contributed to the human-deity relationship in Greek Drama. Human sacrifice, as a thematic frame, is common within the works of the three Greek tragedians, who employ it as a mean to create a dilemma in their plays, add a layer of meaningful depth to the human…

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