Clytemnestra Reaction Paper

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In ancient Greece the most beautiful woman Helen, wife of Menelaus, the king of the Grecian state of Sparta has run away with Paris, the prince of Troy. The escape of Helen and Paris is an insult to all the Greeks. Infuriated, King Menelaus and his brother, Agamemnon, king of the state of Mycenae, assemble mighty armies of Greeks who include the finest warriors in the land. The soldiers gather at the port of Aulis to go ashore for Troy in a gigantic fleet of ships. While at Aulis, Agamemnon goes hunting and kills the favorite deer of Artemis, goddess of the hunt. In retaliation against Agamemnon, Artemis causes the winds to cool down, making it impossible for the Greeks to launch their sailing boats. A seer named Calchas tells Agamemnon…show more content…
Both of them are shocked, Iphigenia runs away and Clytemnestra is trying to convince Agamemnon to change his mind. After reading Clytemnestra’s dialogue with Agamemnon the reader knows that the right thing to do is to let Iphigenia live, but watching that specific scene from the film it is even better, the acting is very good and the audience feels sympathetic about Iphigenia. Clytemnestra makes an amazing speech about what is the right thing to do and that Helen is the one who caused all this so she is the one who was to pay not her young daughter who is still innocent. In Greece until now family is very important to the people; loyalty to the family is one of the most important roles in Greek society. In the play of Iphigenia in Aulis Euripides gives a fine example of how close a Greek family is. Clytemnestra begs for Iphigenia’s life and it is noticeable that Agamemnon doesn’t want to kill his daughter either but he thinks of his army as well. Watching the film this scene is very tense and emotional both Iphigenia and Clytemnestra implore for Iphigenia’s life. All the soldiers are watching shocked but everyone knows that the sacrifice is inevitable because the goddess asked for
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