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Clytemnestra playing her role 601 13 but that i may

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Unformatted text preview: eleager, Thyestes, Telephus, and as many others as have suffered or perpetrated terrible things…’ Household: Seeng of Greek Tragedy •  Oikos is basic unit of the polis •  InterconnecNon of Polis/Household: man’s public idenNty (partly) depended on status of his household •  Women have privileged place in male household •  DisrupNve women in tragedy reflect male anxieNes – great potenNal for damage - - Female vulnerability to intense passions (eros, intense jealousy, anger, divine- madness) •  Problems caused by absence of kurios (male guardian) è༎ Female asserNon and tragic outcomes III. Clytemnestra Playing her ‘role’ (601- 13) ‘…but that I may make best haste to receive my husband on his return – for what day’s light dawns sweeter for a woman than this, when a god has brought her man safe home from a campaign and she unbars the door?...take this message to my husband! May he come home as soon as possible, the city’s darling and may he find his wife faithful in his house, just as he len her, the watchdog of his palace, loyal to him and enemy to his ill- wishers, one alike...
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