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  • Suffering and Aeschylus - 421 Words
    In the first play of 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...
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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...
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  • Greek Drama: Aeschylus and Sophocles
    Ashley Girard Don Macon ENGL 2332 16 September 2012 Greek Drama: Aeschylus and Sophocles Famous playwrights Sophocles and Aeschylus have various similarities and differences in their writing styles. In The Oresteia: Agamemnon, Aeschylus focuses more on the seemingly cold blooded murder itself as opposed to the influence behind it. Although the reason for the killing of Agamemnon and Cassandra is stated, the author chooses to linger in the description of the act itself, making the murders...
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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...
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  • Aeschylus’ Beliefs of the Proper Relationship with the Gods
    Plenty of stories have been written of mortals that disrespect the Gods, accidentally or purposely, and incur their wrath. What is the proper relationship between Gods and humans? This is a question that goes back to the ancient Greek and Roman age, probably farther. An ancient playwright by the name of Aeschylus would argue the Gods are to be admired and their wisdom is to be heeded. Aeschylus was a religious man and his work speaks that in volumes. In a paper written by David Grene, 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...
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  • Aeschylus' Oresteia and Prometheus Bound: Hubris and the Chorus
    The dramatic presentations of ancient Greece developed out of religious rites performed to honor gods or to mark the coming of spring. Playwrights such as Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides composed plays to be performed and judged at competitions held during the yearly Dionysian festivals. Those plays were chosen by a selection board and evaluated by a panel of judges. To compete in the contest, Greek playwrights had to submit three tragedies, which could be either based on a common theme or...
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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
    Both "The Persians" and "The Histories" contain information regarding the battle of Salamis. "The Persians" is set in the period between the battle of Salamis and the deciding battle of Platea, and although a work of fiction, it has many valuable and useful bits of information. 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...
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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,...
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  • Theatre - 1169 Words
    THEATRE Theatre a collaborative form of fine art that uses live performers to present the experience of a real or imagined event before a live audience in a specific place. The performers may communicate this experience to the audience through combinations of gesture, speech, song, music or dance. Elements of design and stagecraft are used to enhance the physicality, presence and immediacy of the experience. The specific place of the performance is also named by the word "theatre" as derived...
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  • Downfall of a Leader - 567 Words
    The Foolishness of Achilles’ Anger What causes a great leader to fall? Why do people who have such large potential fail? Could it be pressure? Expectations? Circumstances? All these things may contribute but the final blows are made by a serious character flaw or a series of unwise choices. Two men help to illustrate this fact. First, Achilles, who was brought down by over-reacting and his own anger, faced failure as a leader. Second, Samson made foolish decisions and paid for them with his...
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  • Conflicts Ancient and Modern in the Human Stain
    In Philip Roth's The Human Stain, Roth utilizes multiple conflicts and allusions within the story to explore human nature and the reasons that people choose the paths to settle conflicts. In the opening and closing scenes, many conflicts are being discovered as well as resolved. The conflicts include white versus black, right versus wrong, ideology versus ambition, and loyalty versus betrayal. Roth uses the Berkshire community and the small Athena College in 1998 as a microcosm of the world in...
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  • The Role of the Greek Chorus in Agamemnom - Short Essay
    David Grice Theater History 1 9/13/2011 The role of the Greek Chorus in Agamemnom The role that the Greek chorus played throughout the development of acient Greek theater changed from show to show. Their purposes were to sway audience's emotions to feel the way the characters felt, to fill in the audience of what has happened in the past and give in sight of what will happen in the future, and to play the part of the "people" speaking as one being in society. In Agamemnon the Greek...
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  • Great Tragedians - 713 Words
    Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides Great Tragedians Humanities 250 May 30, 2012 The three great tragedy play writes Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides were ahead of their time. The ideals they portrayed in their plays are very relevant in this day and age. Love, loss, religion, politics suffering, being victims of fate; these are all things we hear about each time we turn on the news. The messages that were written into each play by each play write would be related to, understood and...
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  • Justice Runs Red: An Examination of Justice in the Oresteia
    Justice Runs Red: An examination of Justice in the Oresteia Have you ever just wanted to kill your mother? Ever wondered about how you would get away with it or if you would be justified? Well is this the greek tragedy for you! Aeschylus challenges the definition of moral justice and the “eye for an eye” philosophy in his work by giving every character subjective perspective of justification. This is a classic dramatic storytelling technique, by making every moral decision fall into a morally...
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  • Greek vs. Roman Theatre
    Historic playwrights such as Sophocles, Euripides, Aeschylus, and Seneca were described as prolific philosophers and geniuses of their times. These men actively participated in the politics surrounding them, and were respected and revered in their society. Each had their own individual style and portrayed their personalities through each of their noted works. Nevertheless, as with a majority of playwrights throughout history, most fodder for their plays have been adaptations of previous plays...
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  • Explain How Greek Ideas of Hubris Lead to the Destruction of Characters in Oedipus and Agamemnon and If Surrendering to Fate Would Have Altered the Outcome of the Plays.
    In ancient Greek time it was thought that the gods had decided everyones fate a path of how to live their lives and that they fitted everything together like a puzzle and that if someone defied the way of things were suppose to turn out it would disturbed the whole puzzle. So Greeks felt that someone who committed an act of hubris messed up the way everyone's life should go so these people in turn were exiled or cursed. In most Greek tragedies there is an act of hubris towards the gods, this...
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  • The Role of Chorus in Greek Drama
    The Chorus in Greek drama was a large group of performers (suggested between 12 and 30) of people who sang or chanted songs and poems, and danced during plays. They are homogenized and non-individualized group in Greek drama. Despite the large size, they represented a collective consciousness, or a single body, often wearing masks to render sense of unification and anonymity. In Sophocles’s Oedipus Rex, the chorus is composed of senators, while in Sophocles's Electra, the chorus is made up of...
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  • agamemnon - 1235 Words
    In the Agamemnon, Clytemnestra makes a formal speech to the chorus describing her love and concern for her husband. Describe the elements of deceit in the speech. In Aeschylus’s Greek myth Oresteia, Clytemnestra makes a speech shortly before her husband, Agamemnon, is murdered. The speech is spoken right upon the return of Agamemnon from the war of troy. The speech she gives is deceitful and foreshadows many events to come in the myth. The speech is also full of double entendres and...
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  • Exam Notes - 496 Words
    . In “The Frogs” Aristophanes criticizes the intellectuals of his own period—Discuss. Aristophanes’ “The Frog” is a comedy but it is not just confined to comic entertainments. It is more about society of the time. It can be turned as a social, political and literary satire. Infact, Aristophanes criticizes the intellectual of his own period in a comic manner in his comedy “The Frog”. The comedy is centered upon the intellectuals of the time. The plot of the play falls into two parts. The...
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  • The Chorus - 804 Words
    The Chorus plays a vital role in Greek literature, whether it by read or seen in a play. The Chorus is described as accompany of actors who commented (by speaking or singing in unison) on the action of the play. They tell of what we may not see or grasp thoroughly from the story. They come in many forms of attitudes foreshadowing of events and the dangers as in Aeschylus, Agamemnon, a persuasive character and teacher in Sophocles Oedipus the King and a friendly companion taking the side of the...
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  • Comparison of Medea and Clytemnestra, Euripides's Medea and Aeschylus's Agamemnon
    Tragic heroes from Greek tragedies almost always share similar characteristics. Medea from Euripides's play Medea and Clytemnestra from Aeschylus's play Agamemnon display and share tragic traits. They are both vengeful wives who share similarities in the cause of their vengeance but have some differences in their chosen means of revenge; as a result of successfully exacting their revenge both Clytemnestra and Medea cause their own downfall. Both Medea and Clytemnestra seek to hurt their...
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  • The Tragedy of Oedipus Simplified - 520 Words
    “There once lived a man named Oedipus Rex You may have heard about his odd complex. His name appears in Freud’s index ‘Cause he loved his mother.” To what extent do you think the tragedy of Oedipus Rex has been simplified over time? The way in which the tragedy of Oedipus Rex is interpreted has changed significantly since its first presentation to audiences in ancient Greece. The ways in which audiences over many years have interpreted it have changed because of changes to society in...
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  • Euripides in Ancient Greece - 1172 Words
    Ancient Greek times enveloped many revolutionary discoveries and creations, especially in the world of literature. Literature flourished in Greece with the help of poetry and drama. Three profound playwrights left a significant impact on Greek culture: Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. Out of the three most influential playwrights of ancient Greek times, Euripides turned out to be the most distinct. Euripides was born in 480 BCE on the island of Salamis. He lived during the time of the...
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  • Oedipus Webquest - 1429 Words
     OEDIPUS REX by Sophocles WebQuest INTRODUCTION You are patrons at the Festival for Dionysus and will be witnessing the first public performance of Oedipus Rex. Your task is to record your findings on the festival itself, the components of Greek theater, and how Oedipus Rex fit well into the classic definition of tragedy. TASK You will have three tasks to complete during this webquest: 1. The Festival of Dionysus ‐...
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  • catharisis in Oedipus the king and Medea
    Catharisis refers to a purgation or purification of the emotions of the audience by art. According to Aristotle, it is applied to a tragedy which can produce in the audience purgation of fear and pity and then gives a heightened understanding of the ways of gods and men. In both plays, Catharisis allows the dramatists to raise the prevailing themes as well as fully express their perceptions toward the society. In Euripides’ Medea, the woman with magic was taken back to a civilized society....
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  • Greek Theater - 1180 Words
    Ancient Greek Theater is the first historical record of "drama," which is the Greek term meaning "to do" or "to act." Beginning in the 5th century BC, Greek Theater developed into an art that is still used today. During the golden age of the Athenians plays were created, plays that are considered among the greatest works of world drama. Today there are thousands of well-known plays and films based on the re-make of ancient drama. Theater originated from the religious rites of ancient Greek...
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  • Greek Theather - 502 Words
    HUM 231: Human Civilization 10/24/2012 (Picture of the Ancient Greek Theater of Epidaurus) Ancient Greek Theater: A wonderful contribution to Civilization About twenty five hundred years ago and two thousand years before Shakespeare, Greek Theater was born. “Theatre” comes from the word “theatron” meaning "seeing place". The Ancient Greek theater goes back to the city-state of Athens where every year in March for an entire week, Athenians worshipped god Dionysus. Dionysus was considered...
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  • Trojan War and Orestes Mother
    Ahmed Ahmed 12/04/08 Prof. Staines Lit 230-02 Oresteia Paper People suffer for many different reasons, and they cope with the suffering the only way they know how. In addition, sometimes people seek their own justice for their suffering. There is always controversy about what is justified and what is not. In Oresteia, Aeschylus portrays suffering for many...
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  • Greek Theatre History - 411 Words
    Greek Theatre History Euripides was born outside of Athens, Greece and as some say, was destined from the beginning to be a misunderstood poet. He was a pacifist, free thinker and a humanitarian in an age when such things were overshadowed by intolerance and violence. He was an "out of the box" type thinker; he forced his characters to confront personal and social issues as opposed to the typical questions of state. Euripides was often the butt of many jokes, saying he was an easy target...
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  • The Role of Revenge - 963 Words
    Theron Thomas Dr. Barker World Literature The Role of Revenge In Aeschylus’s, Agamemnon I do believe the role of revenge is justified. Even with it being as sad as true, there is a special bond with mother and daughter that no one can ever break or come in between. In the play, if the chorus would’ve listen to Cassandra’s prophecy and took action from the jump, maybe this whole tragedy would be prevented. But since the words were spoken from the lips of a...
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  • An essay that includes alot of greek contributions to modern western civilization.
    Greek Contributions to Modern Western Civilization Ancient Greek culture has influenced modern western civilization from their discoveries and traditions during their Golden Age. Their philosophies, politics and values have helped shape our every day life. Some of the most prominently displayed leaders of all time lived in Greece during the time. Their math, art science politics, architecture, drama, medicine, philosophy and values have inspired today's everyday way of life. If it weren't for...
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  • Oedipus the king - 4864 Words
    Unraveling the Riddle of Oedipus Study Guide PITTSBURGH PUBLIC THEATER’S STUDY GUIDE Oedipus the King by Sophocles Translated by William Butler Yeats September 28 – October 29, 2006 TABLE OF CONTENTS SOPHOCLES Sophocles’ Life 3 Works by Sophocles 4 THOUGHTS FROM THE DIRECTOR 5 OEDIPUS THE KING Synopsis 6 Characters 7 Glossary 8 The Translator 9 Themes 10 The Riddle of the Sphinx 11 ANCIENT GREECE Daily Life 12 Why...
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  • Oresteia Live - 956 Words
    Oresteia Live It is said, “Aeschylus’ theatrical genius can be fully appreciated only through an awareness of the context in which these plays were performed” and the Royal National Theatre’s production of the Oresteia demonstrates this principle (Aeschylus xi). Elements such as the music, costumes, scenery, and actors in the live production highlights different relationships within the play, which allows for an audience to have a different interpretation of the plays than someone who might...
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  • The Threat of Divine Intervention as an Aid to the Greek Value System
    The Threat of Divine Intervention As An Aid to the Greek Value System In every society there are laws determined by the governing body that tell citizens what they can and cannot do, and that set punishments for those who choose not to abide by them. However, what many people do not realize is that in every society there also a set of laws that are not made by the government, but by society itself; these are the society’s values. People who belong to a society are expected to live within the...
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  • Oedipus - Free Will Vs Fate
    Oedipus as the Puppet and the Puppeteer The misfortunes that befall Oedipus the King in Sophocles' play show a fundamental relationship between the will of the gods and man's free will. The ancient Greeks believed that the gods ruled the universe and had an irrefutable role in the conditions of man's existence. Man was free to make his own choices but was ultimately held responsible for his actions. The concepts of free will and fate play an integral role in Oedipus' destruction. Although he was...
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  • Prometheus Bound - 574 Words
    Elizabeth Newcott CLT3370 Spring 2013 The Power of Tyranny vs. the Power of Friendship In the play Prometheus Bound, two gods collide in a battle between power and intelligence. Prometheus aids Zeus in the defeat of the Titans offering his friendship. He later stands in Zeus’s way of destroying humans by giving them the gift of blind hope and fire. Zeus punishes him causing many other gods to mourn for him. The role of the social concerns in the play proves the...
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  • Ancient Greek Theatre - 780 Words
    Ancient Greek Theatre The Greek theatre history begins with festivals which honor gods. An example of such a festival was ‘City Dionysia’ festival which honored god Dionysus. During this festival, which was taking place in Athens men perform songs to welcome god Dionysus. Plays were also presented. Athens was the main city where these festivals and theatrical traditions were presented. At ancient Greek Festivals, the actors, directors and dramatists were all the same person. Later only...
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  • Oedipus in Modern Times - 491 Words
    Oedipus in Modern Times The dramatic story of Oedipus is one that was acted for years before Sophocles even wrote The Tree Theban Plays, and play of fate and pride still endures today. Critics and historians attribute Oedipus the King's long life to its timeless examination of fatal human flaws as well as to its poignant portrayal of the human condition. Even though our society is drastically different from that of classical Greece, Oedipus's tale of woe is still taught and performed in modern...
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  • Agamemnon Essay 7 - 755 Words
    In Aeschylus' Agamemnon there are many different opinions about what kind of king and commander Agamemnon was. Some argued that he was good, while others dispute that his motives were wrong. Clytemnestra, Agamemnon's wife, gained a strong hatred for him, after he sacrificed his own daughter so he could go to war. Many believe that this was not necessary and could have been overcome. The chorus seems to agree with this to an extent, and feels that Agamemnon could have prayed and requested...
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  • Oedipus: The Tragic Hero
    URI 25 September 2013 Oedipus Tragic Hero Webster’s dictionary defines a hero as a person, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. Although this definition accurately describes Oedipus’ character, tragic hero is more of an apt description. A tragic hero is defined usually by the following: One, A man of noble stature. Two, A selfless man who is not afraid to come under scrutiny. Three, The hero honorably receives the punishment...
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  • Oedipus 4 - 914 Words
    “Tragic hero is the man who on the one hand is not pre-eminent in virtue and justice, and yet on the other hand does not fall into misfortune through vice or depravity, but falls because of some mistake; one among the number of the highly renowned and prosperous.” Aristotle Justice is presented in different forms by authors throughout history. The justice in the Ancient Greek writing is often swift and harsh, almost direct. The Bible stories, in contrast, are more of an indirect punishment...
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  • Greek History - 540 Words
    The Greeks' history began around 700 B.C. with festivals honoring their many gods. One god, Dionysus, was honored with an unusual festival called the City Dionysia. The revelry-filled festival was led by drunken men dressed up in rough goat skins (because goats were thought sexually potent) who would sing and play in choruses to welcome Dionysus. Tribes competed against one another in performances, and the best show would have the honor of winning the contest. Of the four festivals in Athens...
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  • Greek Tragedy - 1222 Words
    Describe the evolution of Greek tragedy from its origins in ritual and religious singing. Make reference to AT LEAST one scene from the Oresteia trilogy in which the religious beliefs of the Ancient Greeks are crucial to the drama Tragedy within Greek drama was a complex reflection of life within their society and both portrayed and enforced the intricate religious and mythological roots which played an important part in the daily lives of every Greek. Greek drama began as religious...
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  • Oedipus: a Tragic Hero
    Oedipus: A Tragic Hero Aristotle’s tragic hero is one of the most recognizable types of heroes among literature. A tragic hero combines five major points all of which have to do with the hero’s stature in society, his faults, how these faults effect him, the punishment his faults gets him, and how he reacts to this punishment. Aristotle explained that the story of Oedipus the King, written by Sophocles, is a perfect example of a tragic hero. In the play, Oedipus is given a prophecy in which...
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  • Greek Theatre essay - 1099 Words
    Greek theatre essay – Hugo Fuller "The chorus was a crucial part of Greek theatre and was used to narrate the story, give their opinion of the plot, and keep a rhythm for the play. The chorus did this in various ways, such as through costumes, stage presence, music and singing. What did the chorus bring to Greek theatre and how was it shaped because of it?" The chorus played an important role in Greek theatre. Sometimes the chorus would help the audience to follow the story - it had an...
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  • Agamemnon-s Characterer - 476 Words
    Lesson 1 ­ Personal Response The play Agamemnon by Aeschylus is a play written 2500 years ago in Greece, known for being one of the most tragic Greek plays of its time. It bases its background on Greek mythology with their gods. The play itself is named after one of the main characters, Agamemnon, king of Argos. There are two other main characters, Clytemnestra, queen of Argos and Cassandra, priestess of Troy and Agamemnon’s mistress. ...
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  • Cultural Analysis Paper - 1108 Words
    tuBrittaney Barfield English 105WS 1pm 10/23/2011 Ancient Greek Theatre In this essay I’m going to be writing about Ancient Greek Theatre the origins of it and how effects the modern world Theatre. The question I’m going to answer in this essay is how did Greek Theatre represent Greek culture? I’m going to use a variety of sources in this essay to provide historic information about Ancient Greek Theatre. I’m also going to look into the culture’s practices of citizenship,...
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  • Character Analysis of Clytaemnestra - 597 Words
    Character Analysis of Clytaemnestra In Agamemnon, the first of three plays from the Oresteia trilogy by Aeschylus, Agamemnon's wife, Clytaemnestra, is portrayed as a strong willed woman. Her strength is evident in various occasions in the play. This characteristic was not typical for women of the time period. This strong women walked the fine line between the roles of a women and man, a lover and fighter, and a subject and ruler. It is apparent that Clytaemnestra has both feminine, and...
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  • Unaccepted Realities - 819 Words
    Unaccepted Realities Sophocles’ “Oedipus the King” and Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” are dramas demonstrating how life can produce tragedy when a person fails to accept reality. The unwillingness of both Oedipus and Willy to accept reality, along with their pride, leads to selfish and disastrous actions, in spite of their contrasting social statuses and values. Their determination and motivation to rise above their struggles and maintain a positive outcome in their lives...
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  • Outline the Main Physical Elements of Greek Theatre
    Ancient Greek theaters were very large, open-air structures that took advantage of sloping hillsides for their terraced seating. Because of drama's close connection with religion, theaters were often located in or near sanctuaries. Similarly, the Theater of Dionysus in Athens was situated in the sacred precinct of Dionysus at the foot of the Acropolis. There were four main physical elements that shaped up 5th century of Greek Theatre and they consisted of the orchestra,the theatron, the skene...
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  • Cassandra - 1504 Words
    The Oresteia by Aeschylus: The Role of Cassandra From the perspective of Clytaemnestra, Cassandra, the daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba of Troy, is "the darling of all the golden girls who spread the gates of Troy" (Aeschylus 163) and "the sway of the gods who lived to sing her latest, dying song" (163). It is not difficult to see that this is a one-sided view of Cassandra, since it is made by a woman who ends her life. Exploring deeper in Agamemnon, however, Cassandra's role in The...
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  • Greek Chorus in History - 2120 Words
    THE GREEK CHORUS' SMALL PLACE IN HISTORY The history of the Greek Chorus can be traced back to a relatively small time period; from the original Dithyrambs, to Thespis' small, but revolutionizing changes to the system, to Aeschylus' triple entente of tragedies The Oresteia, which included the infamous Agamemnon. To truly understand the Greek Chorus, and what role it was meant to play when it was created and thereafter altered, one has to go back to the beginning of time…which in this case...
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  • Justice and Vengeance in The Oresteia - 890 Words
    Justice and Vengeance in The Oresteia A. Thesis Statement In this paper, I suggest that the themes of justice and vengeance are reflected in a progressive movement throughout the trilogy. The never-ending cycle of revenge and vengeance was between not only mortals like Clytaemnestra and Orestes but also between gods for example Apollo and the Furies. The theme of justice and vengeance are important because the play reflects a movement from a time of savagery and revenge and a movement towards...
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  • Free Will and Yet, Still Tragic
    Free Will and Yet, Still Tragic Antigone, Oedipus and Achilles, while heroes in literature are a bunch of whiny “kids” that belong in 21st century high school. While literature considers them to be tragic heroes, they are tragic of their “sound” minds and their own free will. Oedipus, Antigone and Achilles are tragic heroes, however, contrary to popular belief; Fate does not play a role. Many people consider Antigone, Oedipus and Achilles tragic heroes controlled by Fate. “Even kings can...
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  • The Ancient Greek Time Period
    Theaters, actors, and plays were all started in the ancient Greek time period. Ancient Greek theater began between 550 and 220 BC. The plays or productions focused on the Greek God Dionysus. Dionysus was the God of wine, agriculture, and sexuality. Thespis was a person who told stories through songs to Dionysus. Thespis did two major things that transformed Greek theater, make actors instead of just storytellers and translated the hymns into Dionysus to story telling songs which people acted...
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  • Is What Happens to Oedipus Fair? Are We Supposed to Respect Him? Would
    Sophocles uses a mixture of both visual and emotional imagery to create the morally questioning, Greek tragedy ‘Oedipus Tyrannos'. He presents the audience with an intense drama, which addresses the reality and importance of the gods that the Greeks fervently believed in. The play also forces the audience to ask themselves if there is such a concept as fate. From the very beginning of Oedipus, it is made clear "that his destiny be one of fate and worse". The irony is that Oedipus...
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  • Mourning Becomes Electra - 15254 Words
    From Aeschylus’ Oresteia to Eugene O’Neill’s Mourning Becomes Electra: Text, Adaptation and Performance[1] ©Alison Burke, The Open University, UK Introduction The Royal National Theatre’s production of Eugene O’Neill’s Mourning Becomes Electra at the Royal National Theatre (London 2003–4) downplayed the relationship between O’Neill’s trilogy and Aeschylus’ Oresteia. Rather than following the stage directions of O’Neill, which are evocative of classical staging conventions, the RNT...
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  • Implications of Gender Roles in Oresteia
    During Greek Rule hundreds of years ago women were put to a standard and expected to maintain it through everything that they do. When any woman did anything out of the norm then they were most likely ridiculed for what they had done. In his play, Oresteia, Aeschylus highlights the implications of gender roles in Greek society with the foiling of Clytemnestra by Electra to illustrate the Greek ideals and views of woman in contrast to their men, the juxtaposition of Orestes and Clytemnestra as...
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