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Agamemnon Study Guide Discussion Questions 1. What is the history of the House of Atreus? How much of the violence in the plays of The Oresteia originates in violations of hospitality? 2. What is the watchman waiting for at the beginning of the play? What does he tell us about Clytaemnestra in his speech? 3. Note that the play begins with a small flare of light in a vast darkness. How is this imagery symbolic? 4. What does the Chorus contribute to this play? Who is in the Chorus? Why is this significant? 5. Explain the simile of the eagles “plunging their claws in a hare” in the opening strophe (l.112 ff). Who are the eagles and what is the hare? Remember that at this point in the play the simile is a recollection of a prophecy. 6. Why does Artemis loathe the eagles’ feast? Why is she bent on vengeance? 7. Zeus, the Helmsman, “lays it down as law that we must suffer, suffer into truth” (ll.178-179). Does suffering always result in truth in this play? Why is suffering necessary for the revelation of the truth? See also lines 250-
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