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  • Suffering and Aeschylus

    Aeschylus’s Oresteia‚ Agamemnon‚ the statement is made by the chorus: "Zeus‚ who laid it down that man must in sorrow learn and through pain to wisdom find his way" (Agamemnon‚ 84-86). This statement is a central theme throughout the Agamemnon and Aeschylus seems to be implying that wisdom comes only through suffering. Suffering is possibly the most effective tool for attaining wisdom. It is‚ however‚ not the only modality through which wisdom can be attained and there are major discrepancies when

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  • Hubris as a Major Element in Aeschylus

    Hubris as a Major Element in Aeschylus’s Prometheus Bound Aristotle created the basis for many different subjects including drama‚ politics and philosophy. Today‚ many of his works are constantly studied and his modern ideas are still prevalent in society. In Poetics‚ Aristotle focuses on the best kinds of tragic plot (Aristotle 20). One of the most important aspects of a perfect tragedy is hamartia‚ sometimes misinterpreted as tragic flaw. The true definition of hamartia is a fatal error committed

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  • Aeschylus Vs Euripides Analysis

    advice to save it from what seems to be the inevitable end to the Peloponnesian war‚ one might consider either Euripides or Aeschylus. Both are excellent tragedians. Based on one’s political beliefs‚ one will probably easily choose one over the other because they stand on opposite sides of the political spectrum. Euripides is for a more socially progressive state‚ whereas Aeschylus is for a more conservative form. However‚ there is a third‚ and in fact better option. Aristophanes is a comic who prefers

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  • A Short Analysis of Aeschylus' Agamemnon

    Aeschylus- Agamemnon Characters- The Watchman Clytaemnestra The Herald Agamemnon Cassandra Aegisthus The Chorus 1). The Watchman: • The watchman sets the time and place for the play (Agamemnon’s palace in Argos‚ the house of Atreus); he describes the many miserable nights he has spent on the rooftop of the palace watching for the signal fires that will herald the

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  • The Many Faces of Electra: Aeschylus and Sophocles

    Spenser Pulleyking 1436071 University of Tulsa HON-1003-02 The Many Faces of Electra: Aeschylus and Sophocles 1385 Words Dr. Avi Mintz While Helen of Troy might have had a face that launched a thousand ships‚ Electra of Argos had a face that launched a thousand stories. Aeschylus‚ Sophocles‚ and Euripides‚ three famous ancient Greek playwrights from the 4th and 5th Century BCE‚ all produced their own versions of Electra’s story that survive to this day. While

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  • The importance of structure in "The Agamemnon" is a classic Greek tragedy written by Aeschylus.

    The Agamemnon is a classic Greek tragedy written by Aeschylus in which he entails the continuation of the curse on the house of Atreus in the time period following the end of the Trojan War and the return of King Agamemnon. This play tells of the murders of Cassandra and Agamemnon-by-Agamemnon’s wife Clytemestra. Throughout the play many aspects have a profound effect on the structure. Things such as the chorus‚ audience‚ the use of common literary devices such as "buts" and ellipses" as well as

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  • Which Is a Better Source of Reliable Information Concerning Salamis – Herodotus' Histories or Aeschylus' the Persians

    Firstly‚ it was written earlier than The Histories‚ by someone who had been in the battle itself. Therefore‚ most of the information would be accurate to Aeschylus. However‚ when in the heat of battle‚ no-one knows exactly what is happening in other area’s‚ only what is happening in front of them. As such‚ a lot of what is considered facts in Aeschylus is more likely to be hearsay and rumours‚ although it may also be accurate. Also‚ it was written before Herodotus‚ so it is likely to be more accurate

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  • The characters in Aeschylus' Agamemnon create only fear and no pity in each other and in the audience.' How far do you agree with this statement?

    The characters in Aeschylus’ Agamemnon create only fear and no pity in each other and in the audience.’ How far do you agree with this statement? I agree with this statement to a certain extent‚ however‚ I think it does not represent the whole of the Agamemnon. I think that what invokes pity‚ are events‚ rather than characters‚ that have preceded the play. There are mixes of passive and fearsome characters in the Agamemnon. Clytemnestra and Aegisthus are an example of fearsome characters‚ when

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  • The Oresteia: Message of Fate

    Kenneth Studebaker Mrs. Halpin Lit. 11/12 11-24-09 The Oresteia The Oresteia‚ written by playwright Aeschylus‚ is a trilogy about the fall of the House of Atreus. Throughout The Oresteia‚ Aeschylus shows that it is personal responsibility and rationality rather than Fate that determines a person’s experience. This is shown at many various times‚ like when the Furies decide to change from their role as Furies to the Eumenides‚ Orestes‚ also does not kill Clytaemnestra simply because he is predetermined

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  • Zeus' Actions in Prometheus Bound

    Zeus is the almighty. He is the "God of the sky‚" hurler of "thunder and lightning" for justice and morality in the universe. Aeschylus’ play‚ Prometheus Bound is a direct attack against Zeus’ actions‚ his tyranny‚ and his punishment for Prometheus‚ a fellow God. Aeschylus constructs this argument in his play through the use of secondary characters‚ their opinions‚ and their interactions with Prometheus as he is punished ultimately‚ for his great love of mankind. Love and hate‚ good and evil‚ justice

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