LitHum_Notes_October_8th - the"proud lion"...

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Tisis - retributive justice Whose actions are justified? - Orestes' avenging his father's murder - Clytaemnestra's seeking revenge for the murder of her daughter, Iphigeneia - Moral ambiguity present throughout: Whom do we sympathize with as readers/audience members? - Or, what are Aeschylus' intentions in this regard; what aspects of the playwright's portrayal of these characters make us feel a certain way? Tisis in Agamemnon vs. that in The Libation Bearers - Perhaps Orestes' encounter with the furies is necessary since there is no surviving mortal to provide retribution for his bloody actions. - Clytaemnestra declares it is pointless to resist her fated death. - The plot unfolds as a chain of destined events - acts of revenge - initially sparked by the violation of Xenia by Paris and Helen. What do these plays do with the role of women? - Agamemnon and Clytaemnestra criticize each other for unfaithfulness, yet they are both guilty of "adultery." - Aeschylus utilizes a lion metaphor to describe the trio: Agamemnon,
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Unformatted text preview: the "proud lion," Clytaemnestra, the "woman-lioness," Aegisthus, the "strengthless lion."- Ageisthus possesses feminine characteristics, in a sense fulfilling the subordinate "Queenly" role to Clytaemnestra,- Can the entire course of tragic events all be attributed to Helen? (The chorus seems to think so.) And, if so, is her "lion" image consistent with those of the more direct killers, Agamemnon, Clytaemnestra, Aegisthus. ..- Is she "less of a lion" for not committing direct murder?- Clytaemnestra in effect describes the ideal woman, waiting loyally at home for her husband who, under the supervision of the immortals, arrives home in glory and military success.- As Clytaemnestra welcomes her husband into his house, her words directly foreshadow the vengeful acts to come. "Where Justice leads him in, a crimson path. .."- Electra has a passive role in the killing, "holding her tongue" while Orestes physically wields his sword....
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