Essays Tagged: "Oresteia"

Justice in the Orestia. A look at the contrasting views of justice in Greece, and the transition to a deliberative for of justice.

Aeschylus is primarily concerned with the nature of justice. In the trilogy The Oresteia, the Akhaians evolve from an older, more primitive autocratic form of justice, to a new con ...

(6 pages) 194 1 3.3 Nov/1996

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Classical Studies

Greek Literature

emain. Many of his dramas were arranged as trilogies, groups of three plays on a single theme. The 'Oresteia' (story of Orestes) consisting of 'Agamemnon', 'Choephoroi' (Libation-bearers), and 'Eumeni ...

(17 pages) 569 2 4.3 Mar/1997

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Classical Studies

Progression of Light in Aeschylus' Oresteia

Aeschylus' use of darkness and light as a consistent image in the Oresteia depicts a progression from evil to goodness, disorder to order. In the Oresteia, there exis ... hey have been refused their ancient right to avenge murders between members of the same family. The Oresteia presents two parallel conflicts, both of which must be resolved if harmony is ever to be de ... ype of evil continues to be practiced in the house of Atreus, darkness will continue to emerge. The Oresteia has not yet seen the light.The beginning of the progression from darkness to light can init ...

(6 pages) 86 0 4.0 Feb/1997

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Classical Studies > Greek Language & Literature

Themes of Deception and Justice in "The Orestia" and "Leda and The Swan"

There are several themes in common that are developed in The Oresteia and Leda and the Swan. I have chosen to focus on deception and justice. Deception and justi ... ply that he should surrender his very life to her.Justice is seen in both Leda and the Swan and The Oresteia. In the Oresteia justice is associated with free will, character and the divine fate. Clyte ... vilization. The appealing fact about "Leda and the Swan" is that justice is served, more or lessThe Oresteia presents a logical progression of justice. The first play, Agamemnon is a play saturated wi ...

(6 pages) 113 0 3.0 Oct/2002

Subjects: Literature Research Papers


emain. Many of his dramas were arranged as trilogies, groups of three plays on a single theme. The 'Oresteia' (story of Orestes) consisting of 'Agamemnon', 'Choephoroi' (Libation-bearers), and 'Eumeni ...

(17 pages) 391 4 3.7 Dec/2002

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Classical Studies

An Examination of Clytaemnestra as a Tragic Victim of the Oresteia.

Clytaemnestra, although villified in the Oresteia, was in fact a moral extractor of vendetta justice who fell victim to the patriarchal Athen ... there has been an offense requiring justice, and what consititutes fair and equitable justice. The Oresteia offers two different types of justice, vendetta, as well as trial justice; however, at the ... ther indict or acquit Clytaemnestra, thus making her victim or villain. Ironically, the dialogue in Oresteia provides the tool which will vindicate Clytaemnestra's act of retaliation.Through Clytaemes ...

(9 pages) 59 0 4.0 Mar/2004

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Classical Studies > Mythology

Mourning Becomes Electra - Eugene O'Neill

Although O'Neill derived Mourning Becomes Electra from the Oresteia, the myth that actually structures the play's action is overwhelmingly that of Oedipus.The ...

(2 pages) 39 0 4.5 Nov/2004

Subjects: Art Essays > Drama

Orestes in Modern Drama: "Mourning Becomes Electra"

n cultural, psychological, political and aesthetic preoccupations. The adaptation of Aeschylus' the Oresteia into an American version, "Mourning Becomes Electra" is O'Neill's attempt to construct the ... regarded as the founder of Western drama. Aeschylus' most cited work today is considered to be the Oresteian Trilogy which is based on Greek mythology. The plays (the Agamemnon, the Choephori and the ...

(9 pages) 44 0 5.0 Jan/2006

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

Power As A Theme In Aeschylus' Orestia

er. Hence, "the desire for power is the catalyst for tragedy." This was the case in Aeschylus's The Oresteia.In the first two plays of The Orestia, Aeschylus explored the theme of power and the emotio ...

(2 pages) 10 0 0.0 Apr/2001

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Points Of View

of cosmetics more than substance. Aeschylus wrote plays that appealed to the people of Athens. The Oresteia is a story with strong characters faced with difficult decisions in which justice prevails. ... plays dealing with the same story helps us to see the differences in their opinions and styles.The Oresteia probably was favoured more by the Athenian people because of some key factors. One of these ...

(5 pages) 595 0 0.0 Sep/2001

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

The oresteia

The Oresteia contains a string of bloody acts, all resulting from one conflicted decision. Because of th ...

(4 pages) 13 0 0.0 Feb/2008

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Classical Studies > Greek Language & Literature


s as Prometheus Bound and The Seven Against Thebes. Agamemnon is the first of a trilogy, called the Oresteia, which continues with The Libation-Bearers and concludes with The Eumenides. The trilogy--t ...

(7 pages) 24 0 3.0 Feb/2008

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Classical Studies > Greek Language & Literature

Justice in Herodotus and Aesch

l take. Divine justice plays a large role in both of the works that these characters are from - the Oresteia of Aeschylus and The Histories of Herodotus. However, the two works differ on what exactly ... Contrasting with Herodotus's views on divine justice are those views expressed by Aeschylus in The Oresteia. The justice presented by Aeschylus is not the justice of Solon, where God strikes down the ...

(5 pages) 11 0 0.0 Feb/2008

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Classical Studies > Greek Language & Literature

Justice in the Oresteia

to ask the gods. Personal and global justice play a large role in the storyline of Aeschylus’ Oresteia. Throughout Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, and the Eumenides, several characters act base ... r of Agamemnon only set herself up for death, through the justice of another.The second play in the Oresteia, The Libation Bearers, tells the story of justice turning against Clytemnestra. Orestes, Ag ...

(2 pages) 16 0 3.0 Dec/2008

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Classical Studies > Greek Language & Literature

Aristotelian Tragedy: Clytemnestra’s Tragic Role in The Oresteia

Aristotelian Tragedy:Clytemnestra's Tragic Role in The OresteiaIn Poetics, Aristotle describes a tragic hero as one of noble birth and as more admirable th ... in awareness, some gain in self-knowledge, or some discovery on the part of the tragic hero. In The Oresteia, Clytemnestra comes to the ultimate realization: Orestes is the snake from her dream. Early ... tion as Aristotle describes in Poetics, but is a quality neither Agamemnon nor Orestes share in The Oresteia. Agamemnon dies without a realization of his wrongdoings, without a change in character or ...

(6 pages) 4 0 0.0 Oct/2013

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy