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Unformatted text preview: In Agamemnon, in Lines 104-159, a statement of grief, trivialness and emotionless repeats itself three times in a short span of the entire play. “Sing sorrow, sorrow: but good win out in the end” ends three separate stanzas that describe the omen concerning Menelaus and Agamemnon and their plight against Troy. In the first of three stanzas, there are two Kings, Agamemnon and Menelaus, described as birds that “tore” a hare that was “bursting with the unborn”. The sorrow that is spoken of is this maliciousness and savage-like nature towards all the innocent people fighting for Troy but this “good win out in the end” for the Danaans that happens later completely overshadows the ruthlessness of the war against the people. As long as this Fury that drives the soldiers to fight accomplishes its goal in the end and appeases Zeus, the cruelty and destruction will have no place in the minds of the victors. The first time the statement is repeated, it follows a foresight that says the image of the two birds will “stalk the castle of...
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This note was uploaded on 05/31/2011 for the course CLAS 131 taught by Professor James during the Fall '07 term at UNC.
- Fall '07