The Role of Revenge
The Role of Revenge In Aeschylus, Agamemnon I do believe the role of revenge is justified. Even with it being as sad as true, there is a special bond with mother and daughter that no one can ever break or come in between. In the play, if the chorus would’ve listen to Cassandra prophecy and took action from the Jump, maybe this whole tragedy would be prevented. But since the words were spoken from the lips of a woman, they seem to have loss it’s meaning entirely and took for an awkward Joke of some kind that no one would think to be true.
Ironically, In life and In this story, the people who possess vital knowledge about survival are the mall ones we seem to shrug off. Taking heed to our own knowledge and understanding can sometime lead to bad wife. Clytemnestra has thought up a plan to uncover the outcome of the Trojan War as quickly as possible; however, when she tries to share the news, the Chorus castoffs her declaration. This constant battle between the Chorus and Clytemnestra annoys her because of their defiant disbelief, “And you have proof? That, or a phantom spirit sends you into raptures” (pegs. 2-274). The Chorus, that was made of mainly of men cannot and will not accept the fact a woman can have any sort of knowledge before they do. Her proclamation fell upon deaf ears Just because of the fact of her gender which makes Clytemnestra Irate and saddened all at once : “l cried out long ago! ‘ You made me seem deranged” (pegs. 580-586). Even when Clytemnestra explains her findings, the pride-stricken men determine her information was that of nonsense and that it was all gossip. “Just like a woman/to fill with thanks before the truth is clear … So gullible.
Their stories -spread like wildfire, ‘they fly fast and die faster; ‘rumors voiced by women come to nothing. “(pegs. 580-586). In those days, for a woman to come up with a plan as clever as Clytemnestra was not only unthinkable, but also undeniable. Even with the facts coming out slowly, the cleverness and abilities of Clytemnestra and of women period are still undermined throughout the rest of the play. After the killing of their king, all the Chorus can do Is talk about what a great loss they suffer. They accuse Clytemnestra for being a backstabber, and demands that she must be punished Immediately.
When Clytemnestra defends her actions by pointing out the fact that Agamemnon killed her daughter, they ignore her and keep and Cassandra, they still shrug her off. In disbelief that a woman has committed the murder of the king, the great Agamemnon. They start to think of her as a curse, not someone who has Justification to why she murdered her husband. Clytemnestra explanation fall of deaf ears when they threaten to exile her: “And now you sentence me?.. But he-/name one charge you brought against him then/ . He sacrificed his own child, our daughter,/the agony I labored into love .. ” (pegs. 438-1443). Even with a solid defense at hand, the men of Chorus insists that she is power hungry and deranged: “Mad with ambition/shrilling pride” (pegs. 1452-1453). No matter what explanation she offered, the Chorus refuse to accept it; that is, until Augustus steps out to admit he is part of the crime. Now with a man to blame for the murder of the King, the men of the chorus seemed soothed at their new understanding when in fact Augustus was to scary to have part with the murder at all. Agamemnon death could have been easily been avoided if they only listened to Cassandra, Agamemnon Trojan concubine.
Cassandra prophecy foretold the kings death in the murderous house, along with seeing past murders. One would think that because she could see past crimes, the Chorus would take her word more seriously, but the Chorus treated her as they did with Clytemnestra when she first came out with the news from Troy. Cassandra explains her curse of how she has prophecies, but nobody will believe her, although the Chorus does seem to have sympathy: “We believe you. Your visions seem so true” (peg. 1219). However, when she reveals the ruder of Agamemnon, the Chorus look upon her as a fool loosing her mind totally.
As if to insult her knowledge, they ask her what man could do such a horrible crime, and Cassandra gives a frustrated response: “Man? Non are lost, to every word Vive said” (pegs. 1264-1265). Seeing her attempts of searching for help are futile, Cassandra walks into the house, fully knowing what is to come of her. Moments pass until dying screams are heard, and the Chorus seems stunned, when Cassandra told them her prophecy a short time ago. All in all, the Chorus seems to ignore what the women in the story have to say, imply because they are women, unfortunately, they do suffer the outcome in the end.
Throughout Agamemnon, there are attempts made by the women to be heard, and each time, they get rejected. Based upon the time period, it was normal for the woman to be obedient and silent, ignorant to the world outside the household. So, when a powerful aggressive woman like Clytemnestra tries to gain their attention, the men assume that it is not important. After all, what could a woman possibly know about war, Justice. And revenge? Therefore making the killing of the King bitter sweet justice in the eyes off MO