Agamemnon Sympathy

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In his play Agamemnon, Aeschylus initially invites the audience to sympathize with both Clytemnestra and Cassandra. While the sympathy towards Cassandra remains throughout the play, Clytemnestra's does not. Contradictorily, the audience is not invited to be sympathetic towards Agamemnon in the beginning, but this changes over the course of the play.
At first, Aeschylus invites the audience to sympathize with Clytemnestra, but this changes as the play progresses. In the beginning of Agamemnon, Clytemnestra emphasizes the fact that there had been a multitude of rumors about the death of Agamemnon while he was at war. An audience typically feels sympathy towards anyone who has a spouse out at war, and even more so when that person finds out their
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Cassandra can see her own future but no one believes her. She sees her impending death but can not do anything to change it. Also, she can not tell anyone else of the events because they will not believe her. The audience finds themselves imagining what he would do if they were Cassandra. Often, just putting yourself in someone else's perspective forces you to somehow sympathize with him or her. As she realizes that she is going to the House of Atreus, and yells words like “manslaughter,” “butchery,” and “blood” (Page 42, Lines 1090- 1093). These words have appalling connotations and the fact that these are the words that she is using to describe her very near future creates sympathy towards Cassandra. She then sees her own death and is completely helpless. This creates sympathy because generally if a person sees their own death, especially being murdered, he or she would likely want to try to change what is going to happen, but Cassandra cannot and the audience knows this and sympathizes with her. She has to continue as seconds towards her death creep closer. Cassandra is helpless and the viewers She is first taken as slave and then has to face death. The continuous sympathetic invitation that Aeschylus creates contradicts the other two characters. This is to highlight the curse of the House of Atreus not only affects the people directly involved but also the lives of the innocent. The curse begins when Agamemnon kills Iphigenia which creates a cycle of murders that were justified by using examples of other murders. This highlights the karmic drama of killing and the cycle that murder creates; which leads to the idea of justice and how the situation needs to be
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