Analysis Of The Oresteia

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Mental health day is an annually celebrated holiday on October 10th in the United States, and in many other countries around the globe. Thousands of tweets and posts were posted in regard to it, arguing about the importance of working openly through emotions. Many messages were directed specifically at men, telling them it is okay to express said emotions, and to talk about them, as many are worried it will emasculate them. 50 years ago, the concept of open conversations about emotions for men would have been completely taboo. Times have changed from the 20th century to the 21st, and values have evolved allowing less strict social restrictions on males. This shift in values also applies to the Ancient times to the modern-era, where the…show more content…
Agamemnon needed to sacrifice his daughter for the gods, so the winds would turn favorably for them. Clytemnestra was devastated about the murder of her daughter and she was unable to decrease the anger to her husband after he killed her. This started her to build resentment towards her him. When she develops passionate love for another man, Aegisthus, she channels the emotions into Agamemnon’s murder. By the end of the series of plays, both Agamemnon’s and Clytemnestra’s excessive emotion lead to their deaths. In the play, Athena offers a contrast by listening to rational thought rather than feelings. Athena is tasked with determining if Orestes, who murdered Clytemnestra (his mother), should be declared guilty, or if his actions were acceptable given the circumstances. She develops a court system that are based on facts, instead of based on quick revenge. Athena was the goddess of wisdom, and she thought the best solution, or the one with most wisdom, would be determined by jury. The system she developed would separate the law from emotion. Evidence displayed and witnesses would lead people down the right path. Aristotle once said, “the law is reason free from passion,” and when emotions were taken out the equation, a favorable outcome occurred. The curse was broken, and humans no longer relied on the Gods because they could now make impartial decisions. In the New Testament, the same conclusion is drawn, but by using marriage as the main
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