Agamemnon

Agamemnon: Essay Q&A

1. Make the best case you can for Agamemnon as a man who does not deserve his fate. The first mention we hear of Agamemnon is from the Watchman, who speaks of longing to take his masters loved hand in his. The Chorus, even though they are ready to criticize the king when they feel …

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Agamemnon: Top Ten Quotes

Whoever Zeus may be, if this name is pleasing to him, by this name I address him. I can compare with him, measuring all things against him, none but Zeus, if from my mind the vain burden may be cast in sincerity. Not even he who in time past was great, bounding in boldness irresistible, …

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Agamemnon: Theme Analysis

Justice and Vengeance The main theme of the Agamemnon is rather a dilemma than any positive message. The short version is, Justice will be done, those who transgress will suffer, but woe be to those who carry out that justice by taking vengeance-they will, almost inevitably, transgress in their turn, and so they will have …

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Agamemnon: Metaphor Analysis

Imagery of Yokes and Nets The central theme of the Agamemnon finds vivid expression in the recurrent images, especially of yokes and nets that trap human beings like animals. As the Chorus sing, it is Agamemnon who first puts on himself “the yoke-strap of compulsion” (line 218), consenting to sacrifice his daughter so that the …

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