Political Science 1001

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Unformatted text preview: Political Science 1001 1 st play of Oresteia- 10 year old war is over, we have heard C talk about suffering and heard from herald of the sufferings of those conquered.- Taken up with the return of Agamemnon himself.- Greeted ambivalently by his citizens; chorus tells him they weren’t please with his decision to retrieve Helen with the sacrifice of me of Argos.- On the other hand, they are happy to have him home and pledge their loyalty to him.- With ancient Greeks, the idea of legitimacy is extremely important so the only right leader is Agamemnon or his son, no matter what he has done.- His return symbolizes the return of right leadership.- C flatters Agamemnon, professing her lover for him, profession her delight in his return and only briefly telling him of her own pathos.- It is significant what she lists and leaves out; tells him she has had to sit alone by…- Citizens no longer speak with one voice—they are unable to comprehend their fate.- C speaks in the midst of this anarchy of opinion; after she has killed Agamemnon, reveals to us her true state of mind.- Once she speaks, the chorus finds their voice again and they chastise her for her bitterness and murder of the king.- She has now created tyranny—illegitimate rule.- Chorus says she and all else will now go homeless; she responds to the chorus revealing the bitterness she has felt, the bitterness she expressed in killing Agamemnon and she presents a case (1414-1420)- The elders are not persuaded by her case; C has been blinded by sorrow and pride.- Chorus cannot figure out how this will be resolved; who shall now be king?- They place the matter in the hands of the gods, but it is clear to all that they hope for some redemption and that something(one) will be Orestes.- Aegisthus comes to the stage now (one surviving child of the blood feast of children). He now feels he has been vindicated. He wants credit and wanted to be a ruler with C.- The chorus cannot abide Aegisthus; get into a quarrel which intensifies.- Promises to teach the chorus good manners by deprivation and imprisonment, the tools of tyranny.- Chorus keeps insulting him. They cry for the return of Orestes....
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course POLI 1001 taught by Professor Eubanks during the Spring '05 term at LSU.

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