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h100 response 4 - Michael Joyce History 100 2/28/08 The...

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Michael Joyce History 100 2/28/08 The Oresteia In Aeschylus’ The Oresteia, the main character Clytemnestra is much different than most women in Homer’s epic poem The Iliad. In The Oresteia , Clytemnestra is portrayed as a merciless and manipulative woman working to murder her husband Agamemnon. Clytemnestra plays an important role in the Greek’s interpretation of the changing role of women in society from a woman being a sex object or a war prize in The Iliad, to being of some importance. Her masculine qualities of wanting revenge against Agamemnon are something new to Athenian society. When comparing Clytemnestra to Cassandra in the first part of Aeschylus’ trilogy, Agamemnon, the two seem very alike. They are both women that seem to be brave and violent, but at the same time they are women that are very intelligent. Clytemnestra plots a murder of Agamemnon which is something that no woman should ever do, and Cassandra is able to see into the future and acknowledge Agamemnon’s
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