A Short Analysis of Aeschylus' Agamemnon

4558 WordsJun 11, 200519 Pages
Aeschylus- Agamemnon Characters- The Watchman Clytaemnestra The Herald Agamemnon Cassandra Aegisthus The Chorus 1). The Watchman: • The watchman sets the time and place for the play (Agamemnon's palace in Argos, the house of Atreus); he describes the many miserable nights he has spent on the rooftop of the palace watching for the signal fires that will herald the fall of Troy. • The watchman is one Aeschylus's small characters, but like the herald he serves an important role as he not only sets the scene but also perhaps portrays the mood of Argos awaiting their king and soldiers return. • "That woman…show more content…
• The leader initially reacts with disbelief and doubt of Clytaemnestra "a phantom spirit sends you into raptures" and "…giddy rumour you haven't indulged yourself-" to which Clytaemnestra is resentful and quick to defend herself "No one takes me in with visions – senseless dreams." immediately demonstrating a manlike pride (similar to Medea). She has ruled Argos for ten years now as is a strong woman and ruler. • She enters a long speech listing places which the Greeks would have known and boasts of her great achievement in constructing the chain of beacons that brought the news of the fall of Troy "and I ordained it all, torch to torch, running for their lives" She is portrayed as a strong willed and clever woman something which Greek society considered to be very dangerous and unnatural. • Clytaemnestra begins a description of the fall of Troy the Greeks and the Trojans are likened to oil and water (which do not mix when added to each other) and she speaks of her wish that the Greeks do not desecrate any temples, perhaps because of her wish that Agamemnon return home so she may have her revenge. The leader (unaware of this secret desire) complements her on her insightful and surprisingly humane speech and further establishes her male qualities

More about A Short Analysis of Aeschylus' Agamemnon

Open Document