Comparative Lit

Comparative Lit - This was a short essay that I wrote in my...

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This was a short essay that I wrote in my Comparative Literature course last semester on Aeschylus' Oresteia: Agamemnon. Clytemnestra Why should the title be called Agamemnon , when his wife is clearly the focal point who unravels the plot of the play? In the first part of the trilogy, The Oresteia , it is apparent to the readers that Clytemnestra is the protagonist of the play. Virtually every scene is embedded around her. Therefore, we are able assess her unique nature through her eyes numerous times throughout the play. Her ruthless determination, her sense of irony and sarcasm, her shamelessness, and her burning desire for vengeance all contribute to our understanding of her character. After the assassination of Agamemnon, the Chorus mourn him while Clytemnestra is practically boasting about her accomplishment. "Neither, I think, was this man's death shameful. . . . . . [f]or did not he accomplish guileful destruction in the house?" (lines 1521-1524) In this instant, Clytemnestra's reasoning is sinister yet straightforward and compelling. Her logic indicates two things: Agamemnon's death is justified due to a similar malicious act he has committed and simply the fact that she feels no guilt. Note here that although she insinuates that she feels no sense of remorse, "but I shall feel no shame to say the opposite" (line 1373), we are inclined to feel the opposite. The fact that
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This note was uploaded on 03/29/2012 for the course CPLT 201 taught by Professor Arielross during the Fall '11 term at Emory.

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