Iphigenia in Aulis | Study Guide

Euripides

Download a PDF to print or study offline.

Study Guide
Cite This Study Guide

How to Cite This Study Guide

quotation mark graphic
MLA

Bibliography

Course Hero. "Iphigenia in Aulis Study Guide." Course Hero. 20 Dec. 2019. Web. 22 Jan. 2022. <https://www.coursehero.com/lit/Iphigenia-in-Aulis/>.

In text

(Course Hero)

APA

Bibliography

Course Hero. (2019, December 20). Iphigenia in Aulis Study Guide. In Course Hero. Retrieved January 22, 2022, from https://www.coursehero.com/lit/Iphigenia-in-Aulis/

In text

(Course Hero, 2019)

Chicago

Bibliography

Course Hero. "Iphigenia in Aulis Study Guide." December 20, 2019. Accessed January 22, 2022. https://www.coursehero.com/lit/Iphigenia-in-Aulis/.

Footnote

Course Hero, "Iphigenia in Aulis Study Guide," December 20, 2019, accessed January 22, 2022, https://www.coursehero.com/lit/Iphigenia-in-Aulis/.

Iphigenia in Aulis | Symbols

Share
Share

The dominant symbols in Iphigenia at Aulis are taken from the natural world, which is appropriate because in Greek mythology the goddess Artemis is closely associated with nature. In the play Artemis controls the wind, demands Iphigenia be sacrificed—thereby removing her from the light—and accepts the deer as a suitable sacrifice.

Wind

The changeable whim of the gods is a frequent topic in Euripides's plays. In Iphigenia at Aulis the whim of the gods—or fickle fate—is represented by the wind. As the play begins, the wind is, as Agamemnon tells his attendant, "hushed" and silent. As a result the fleet cannot sail. Calchas has told Agamemnon it is Artemis who has chosen to still the wind. Only if she receives a sacrifice will she release the wind the Greek army needs to sail to Troy.

Light

In Iphigenia at Aulis characters often refer to "the light" when speaking of life, which it symbolizes. In Episode 1, for example, Menelaus says to Agamemnon, "It is not just ... that thy children should die, while mine still see the light of day." In Episode 4 Iphigenia frequently refers to "the light." When begging her father not to go through with her sacrifice, she tells him "sweet is to look upon the light" and contrasts it with the afterlife "below," which was thought to be subterranean and therefore dark. She echoes Menelaus's words when she cries to Clytemnestra, "No more for me the light of day! No more the beams of yonder sun!" When she has changed her mind and resolved to die, she mentions the symbol again: "Better a single man should see the light than ten thousand women."

The Deer

The deer that, according to the messenger, appeared in Iphigenia's place at her sacrifice represents mercy. Clytemnestra doubts the messenger's story and therefore doubts whether her daughter received mercy. Certainly, Iphigenia did not receive mercy from her father or from the Greek army, both of whom insisted on her death. If the messenger's account is true, only Artemis has shown mercy.

Documents for Symbols

View all

Questions for Symbols

View all
The tragedy is that you have to twist the knife in your own gray matter to make this defense work. You'll have to shut down, have to reject intellectual stimuli or diffuse them with sarcasm, have to c
Question 1 The reason many students fail exams is because they do not study. incomplete comparison lack of parallelism faulty predication dangling modifier 1 points Question 2 Scuba diving is where yo
Upload Assignment: Writing Assignment #3 – 2016FA/ENG-... Public Service Announcement: create a :30 PSA for an organization or event from the list below. You need to mention the aspect of the organiza
Under what doctrine or principle could you resell your new CD or DVD, but not if you first copied it to your laptop?
Cite This Study Guide

information icon Have study documents to share about Iphigenia in Aulis? Upload them to earn free Course Hero access!