Fate in Agamemnon
Agamemnon is the first part of the trilogy known as the Oresteia. Agamemnon is a story where the main character sacrifices his own daughter to a God, Artemis to win a battle and then his wife revenge him for the sacrifice. The concept of fate plays an important role in the tilogy Agamemnon which led to the tragic endings of the play. According to the meaning of fate it means the development of events outside a person’s control, regarded as predetermined by a super natural power. Fate is what send Agamemnon to the war with Menelaus to fight against Paris, fate is what predetermined Agamemnon to sacrifice his own blood for the sake of his ship and companions and fate is what determined Cassandra his wife to plot to kill him and to revenge him for her daughter.
The first point is that fate determined Agamemnon journey to the war against Paris for ten years. “It goes at it goes now. The end will be destiny .You cannot burn flesh or pour unguents, not innocent cool tears, that will soften the god’s stiff anger”( Line 67-70).This quote was told by Chorus when the god Zeus send Agamemnon and Menelaus against Alexander for stealing Helen from her husband. Alexander and Helen flew away to troy therefore Agamemnon went to troy to fight with them for ten years. This is all predetermined by fate. When the Chorus said “it goes as it goes the end will be destiny”(Line 67-68) that means that things will come to pass in the way they are fated, no tears or burning of sacrifice will change the fate. No one can change the fate from occurring which predetermined the war against Troy. “With time, this foray shall stalk the castle of Priam. Before then, under the walls, fate shall spoil the rich hands of the people” (Line 126-130).This quote clearly shows that fate is something predetermined by a super natural power. Fate can even spoil the rich hands of the people and nothing can be done to stop fate to occur. When it says that fate can even spoil the rish people’s hands it is clear that fate is equal to both rich and poor people. Fate happens to everybody and nothing will stop it.Therefore this quote explains that fate is predetermined by God and Agamemnon’s war against Troy was also predetermined by fate.