Journal 19

Journal 19 - I found after reading “The Eumenides” a...

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Unformatted text preview: I found, after reading “The Eumenides”, a strong relation between them and animals in the wild. With this, I would like to examine how their beast-like nature within the play parallels the Greek knowledge and views of animals in everyday life. One of the first lines of narration given, between lines 142 and 143, says that the Eumenides “begin to howl” which occurs when Clytaemestra wakes them up and tells them that they need to complete their task of killing Orestes. Just this first instance of the beastliness of the Furies sets the characterization for them for the rest of the play. As the audience watches this, they can recount how animals in the wild, such as wolves, howl when they are trying to communicate with each other and trying to accomplish a task at hand, creating an eerie feeling in the surrounding area. In line 252, “The welcome smell of human blood …” encouraged the Furies to continue with their task. I find this line extremely vital to the beastliness of the Furies and it is most important in my discussion...
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