Political Science 1001

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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.
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- 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.
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