The play opens with a watchman standing on the roof of the palace of Agamemnon at Argos

The play opens with a watchman standing on the roof of the palace of Agamemnon at Argos

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The play opens with a watchman standing on the roof of the palace of Agamemnon at Argos. He  explains that Clytaemestra has ordered him to keep a lookout each night for the light from a series of  beacon fires that will signal the long-awaited fall of Troy. He has carried out this duty faithfully for  several years already and is getting demoralized. Suddenly he observes a beacon burning in the  distance and realizes that the war is over. The watchman is excited for a moment by the happy  thought that his long vigil is ended and that his king will finally return home, but then a feeling of  gloom comes over him. He refuses to state aloud the cause of his foreboding but remarks that the  walls of the palace could tell the story if they were able to speak. The watchman determines to  remain silent. He will be satisfied to welcome his beloved king home again. He goes out to tell the 
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