Essays Tagged: "Aeschylus"

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 Akhaia ...

(6 pages) 194 1 3.3 Nov/1996

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 fro ... sted with this latest gruesome act of murder. Because darkness results from the death of Agamemnon, Aeschylus clearly illustrates that this murder was nothing but pure evil. As long as this type of ev ... commits the murder: his fear of the wrath of Apollo, who has ordered him to commit the deadly act. Aeschylus provides Orestes with a justification for his action in the form of the oracle from Apollo ...

(6 pages) 86 0 4.0 Feb/1997

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

Death by Aeschylus Reasons Why Teachers Should not Force Students to Study Agamemnon

d teach Agamemnon. Agamemnon is a laborious play written by the caustic character commonly known as Aeschylus. There are reasons for the abhorrence. It is boorish, it does not fit Aristotle?s definiti ... cious events appear catastrophic, worthy of the god?s wrath pulling from the cosmic level. However, Aeschylus failed to integrate them properly and the ultimate outcome is a sleepy reader.Not only doe ...

(4 pages) 65 0 3.2 Dec/2002

Subjects: Art Essays > Drama

Agamemnon: Power and Vengeance An analysis of Zeus's role in cycle of violence and revenge in Aeschylus's Agamemnon

Agamemnon: Power and VengeanceIn the world of Aeschylus, the lives of mortals are rocked by the emotions of a volatile and vengeful god. This huma ... man-like god Zeus is equipped with the power to wreak havoc on the lives of his mortal subjects. In Aeschylus' tragedy, Agamemnon, Zeus blesses and and encourages a vengeful ten year war waged by the ... e and desire for vengeance by validating this pride as equal to the primal pain of the eagles. When Aeschylus writes that the Atreide was driven against Alexander for one woman's promiscuous sake," th ...

(4 pages) 97 1 3.4 Dec/2002

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

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 perio ... ndable, a message that is meant for them and not the upper class that would not be provided without Aeschylus use of the chorus. That use makes the structure more broad, showing different viewpoints, ... n ideas. The chorus makes structure of The Agamemnon flow much more fluidly, and provides a way for Aeschylus to draw out the play and make the reader wait and wonder what will happen, both of which a ...

(6 pages) 69 0 4.4 Mar/2003

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

Comparison of Medea and Clytemnestra, Euripides's Medea and Aeschylus's Agamemnon

lmost 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 s ... evenge by her son, and the cycle will continue.Many similarities exist between Euripides' story and Aeschylus'. Both Clytemnestra and Medea are strong, passionate women who commit a horrendous crime. ...

(5 pages) 111 0 4.2 Mar/2004

Subjects: Humanities Essays

Discuss the portrayal of women in The Agamemnon

t in a different way. The Chorus call her 'much enduring' and say her 'heart is brave' showing that Aeschylus does not believe that only men can be strong and brave, but women can as well.Women are al ... ' seems to fit the portrayal of women as treacherous perfectly.It seems likely that in writing this Aeschylus is warning men to be careful of their wives, as they are not to be trusted. Even Cassandra ...

(5 pages) 78 0 4.5 May/2004

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

To what extent can the Aeneid be viewed as a tragedy? Answer with reference to the: Destruction of Troy and its people; suffering of Aeneas; suffering and death of Dido?

aracter, and fear that such events could also happen to them, as is the case of Sophocle's Oedipus, Aeschylus' Niobe, and all great Greek tragedy. The Aeneid however, while it begins with elements of ...

(2 pages) 33 0 0.0 Jun/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature

Effect of power upon relationships, "Macbeth," "Prometheus Bound," and "Ubu Roi"

first component of this equation is of course the bond that will ultimately be broken. In a work by Aeschylus, entitled Prometheus Bound, this bond is shattered prior to the commencement of the play. ...

(7 pages) 27 0 0.0 Dec/2004

Subjects: Art Essays > Drama

Account for the different interpretations and perspectives of the Battle of Salamis as described by Herodotus, Aeschylus and Plutarch

Herodotus, Aeschylus and Plutarch are all directed by the views of the society of their time. While the three c ... ould tell a story, which makes his histories not entirely accurate.While Herodotus was a historian, Aeschylus was both a playwright and a soldier in the Battle of Marathon, and at least a witness in t ... a soldier in the Battle of Marathon, and at least a witness in the Battle of Salamis (Biography of Aeschylus, Information on the Classical Authors Source booklet), making his experiences a primary ac ...

(5 pages) 31 0 5.0 Aug/2005

Subjects: History Term Papers > European History

Play Analysis - The Bacchae

as awarded to him after his death. Euripides was the last of the 'three great tragedists'; Himself, Aeschylus, and Sophocles. Both Aeschylus and Sophocles had more than double the amount of awards Eur ... spoke like a mortal. One believes this was new to the first Greek audience, as in previous plays by Aeschylus and Sophocles, the male gods were enormous, booming and masculine. What is more interestin ...

(7 pages) 15 0 5.0 Mar/2007

Subjects: Art Essays > Drama

Clytaemnestra's Power In Agamemnon

Agamemnon In "Agamemnon" by Aeschylus, Clytaemnestra is the character with the majority of the power because of her ability to m ... that compliments the knowledge that it is her evil scheming that leads to the murder of Agamemnon. Aeschylus sets up a very self-driven woman who prospers on her position of power. In "Agamemnon" ... her husband in revenge for her daughter's sacrifice. Law bound her to avenge her daughter's death. Aeschylus created a character that became overwhelmed with hatred for another. After this initial vi ...

(6 pages) 17 0 0.0 Apr/2001

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Power As A Theme In Aeschylus' Orestia

achieve this power. 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 powe ... stia, Aeschylus explored the theme of power and the emotions behind the desire to control. Although Aeschylus lived during 458 B.C., and the play is set in the recesses of ancient Greek mythology, it' ...

(2 pages) 10 0 0.0 Apr/2001

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Tragedy And Aristotle

rew out of the worship of the god Dionysus. The most famous classic play-writes from this time were Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. Aristotle, a philosopher from the 4th century BC, wrote prescri ...

(8 pages) 24 0 0.0 Apr/2001

Subjects: Literature Research Papers


sexual desire for her. She promised she would do his favor, but "kept not faith with Loxias" (Aeschylus 40). He punishes her by letting her keep the gift, but could not make anyone believe her. ... to the chorus. She cries to the god, Apollo. "Ah!"¦O God!"¦Apollo, O Apollo!" (Aeschylus 37). The chorus does not understand why she cries to that god, and so they saw her as a lu ...

(4 pages) 6 0 0.0 Oct/2001

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

Lord Of The Flies

Aeschylus once said, "Man must suffer to be wise." In other words, "People must experience har ...

(1 pages) 388 0 3.0 Oct/2001

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Points Of View

Points of View Aeschylus faces off with Euripides in a dramatic contest and is declared the victor. The decision is ... dramatic contest and is declared the victor. The decision is one of cosmetics more than substance. Aeschylus wrote plays that appealed to the people of Athens. The Oresteia is a story with strong cha ... oured more by the Athenian people because of some key factors. One of these is character portrayal. Aeschylus made his heroes strong minded and full of resolve, whereas Euripides tended to show his ch ...

(5 pages) 624 0 0.0 Sep/2001

Subjects: Literature Research Papers


"Cassandra" The character of Cassandra in Aeschylus is one of innocence, hardship, and victimization. Forced to the brink of madness by her vi ... herself through visions of a curse upon Agamemnon's household, Cassandra is a powerful character in Aeschylus's Agamemnon. After the total destruction of Troy, Cassandra was taken captive back to Gree ... to anticipate through her gift of prophecy her own victimization and death in Agamemnon's house. In Aeschylus' Agamemnon, Cassandra was driven mad by her visions, yet she still proclaimed the truth in ...

(4 pages) 1920 0 3.0 Mar/2002

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

The oresteia

ch sacrifice of innocent blood angrily, for their wrath is great-it is right. May all be well yet" (Aeschylus, 212-216).Agamemnon is clearly letting his passion for honor on the battlefield prevail ov ... s made and the slaughter ensues: "Every correction is a blood-bath which calls for new correction" (Aeschylus, 14). Agamemnon should have taken into consideration the curse on the House of Atreus. Wit ...

(4 pages) 13 0 0.0 Feb/2008

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


acting career. During his first competition, Sophocles had the honor of competing against the great Aeschylus himself and defeated him taking first place. There would be many more plays to follow this ... wright to add a third actor to his plot. In doing this, he annulled the trilogic form. For example, Aeschylus used three tragedies to explain a single story. Sophocles preferred to make each tragedy a ...

(3 pages) 9 0 3.0 Feb/2008

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