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    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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    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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    From cave drawings to ritualistic dances, people have been looking for ways to entertain, explain the inexplicable, and relay histories. If the Guinness Book of World Records had a spot for “Oldest Report of Theatre” the Egyptians would win. There are hieroglyphic writings describing performances on the Nile river where, according to the book, ‘Minute History of the Drama’, the acting was so realistic that “actors” died in the scenes depicting battles. However, the title for 'Oldest Written…

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    Aeschylus Oresteia

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    Constructing deep themes through the unionization several highly polar concepts, Aeschylus portrays the mythical border between piety and anthropocentrism while elucidating the dim line between blood and water. Most religious or spiritual people share a universal belief in a relationship - or a covenant - between humanity and the divine, yet they struggle to understand the barrier between the two. Structural analysis of Aeschylus’ Oresteia Trilogy illuminates the distinctions between humans and…

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    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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    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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    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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    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 Playwrights

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    He was born in Eleusis, a town north-west of Athens. When he was young he worked at a vineyard, until, according to some, the Greek god Dionysus appeared to him in a dream, saying that he should start writing tragedies. As soon he woke up he started writing his first tragedy, and his first performance was at 499BC when he was only 26 years of age. The Persian war played a big part in Aeschylus’ life. He and his friend Cynegeirus fought to defend Athens, though Cynegeirus died trying to prevent a…

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    The Persians Play

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    The play that I selected was The Persians by Aeschylus translated by George Theodoridis copyright in 2009 with the rights reserved by Bacchicstage. The characters in this play include Xeres, who was the King of Persia at the time and is presented in the play as a dejected king who was responsible for the downfall of Persia because of his young rash decisions to go to war with the Greeks. When described by the ghost of his father, Darius, he is presented as a young king who would do anything to…

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