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The Tragedies Of Agamemnon Essay

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Agamemnon is a Greek play that has a wonderful balance of drama and action. Despite all of the thrilling and impressive dialect, the story remains a tragedy. It has several deaths mentioned and recalled, as well as thick plots being plotted, and a gripping storyline. All of these things are tragedies because of the human emotion behind them. It is what makes this story interesting.
One of the tragedies in this play is that Agamemnon kills his own daughter. When the gods demanded her life in exchange for the wind to sail to Troy to war, Agamemnon kills his own daughter as a sacrifice. Although it does not take place in the story of Agamemnon, (it takes place in the Iliad, another Greek tragedy) this is referenced throughout the story of Agamemnon. “Yes, he had the heart to sacrifice his daughter, to bless the war that avenged a woman’s loss, a bridal rite that sped the men-of-war.” (Lines 223-226)
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She tells all in a vivid and theatrical speech to the leader of the chorus “No…the house that hates god, an echoing whom of guilt, kinsmen torturing kinsmen, severed heads, slaughterhouse of heroes, soil streaming blood__” (Lines 1088-1091) She enters the house of Agamemnon with delay and fear and no one think anything of it.
Another tragedy that might be overlooked is Clytaemnestra’s grief over her daughter’s death. She, as a woman, is not just allowed to leave her husband in these times. Therefore she has to remain married to the murder of her daughter. She denotes her plans to kill Agamemnon as well as her despair over her child’s death, “And so our child is gone, not standing by our side, the bond of our deepest pledges, mine and yours, by all rights our child should be here.” This quote shows that she has suffered a loss that she feels is not justifiable by any means.
The most obvious tragedy of the story is the death of Agamemnon. The vengeance that drives Clytaemnestra, whether it is justified or not, is seen at the end of the story when the chorus walks in to see him dead and hanging out of a cauldron and Clytaemnestra makes a speech of passion about her crime, “So he goes down, and the life is bursting out him—great sprays of blood, and the murderous shower wounds me, dyes me black and I, I revel like the Earth when the spring rains come down, the blessed gifts of God…” (Lines 1410_1414) The bloody scene is causes a handful of arguments between the chorus and Clytaemnestra paired with her lover, Aegisthus. The story ends on this bitter and chaotic note.
In conclusion there are many tragedies that are apparent throughout the play of Agamemnon. They are interesting and in some cases relatable, and the story wouldn’t be the same without them. Tragedies is something that people relate to and understand. They are the meat of the story that stirs up emotion and interest in the reader. This play is over 2,000 years old and still manages to be relevant. Tragedies tie together different generations of people through stories and strife.

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