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    The Orestes Plays are a trilogy of Greek tragedies written in 458 BCE by Aeschylus. The plays have remained relevant because they are one of the only complete Greek tragedies remaining and it is very easy to relate to the characters as we share the same neurological structures that Aeschylus targeted for the audience it was originally performed for. The second of the Orestes Plays of Aeschylus titled, The Libation Bearers, features the protagonist Orestes, who is persuaded by Apollo to seek revenge

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    Ancient Greek Theater

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    the seats arranged in tiers with a panoramic view of the natural landscape. The Greeks witnessed the first plays of Thespis, Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Epidaurus as well as later playwrights. Theater has evolved generation to generation but This essay will analyze early greek and roman theatre, more in depth look on the creation of theaters, well look at a play by Aeschylus, as well as The City Dionysia where dramatic festival were first held. In Athens Greece tradgeties were always performed in

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    Greek Drama Tragedy

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    Aeschylus was the first well-known, successful tragedian in Greece. He also won his first competition at Great Dionysia in 484 B.C.E. Aeschylus is also well-known because of what he had incorporated into the growth of Greek Tragedy. He would often have a theme for the plays that he wrote and he would also include sequels

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    every individual. The truth is the driving force for numerous actions because of its distortion of human emotions and perception. First, truth is used as a justification because of the bias one feels about the matter based on their emotions. Both Aeschylus and Sophocles’ characters feel blinding emotions such as anger, betrayal, and despair. After Clytaemnestra’s murder of Agamemnon, the Chorus “cast [her] off to exile, broken with [their] hate” (Agamemnon, 1435-1436). They

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    Justice In The Oresteia

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    ustice, fairness, and decency, abstract concepts that are innate in society and human nature. However, despite their near universal status in humanities mid, they often have different meanings for individuals. Aeschylus uses The Oresteia in order to explore these issues as characters in the play try to determine what it means to be just, what ought a just actor do, and what is the best model for achieving justice. The characters discuss ideas such as vengeance, reciprocity, balance, moderation, and

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    As individuals, we see ourselves as making our own decisions and leading our own lives. In the moment, we feel ourselves individually being pulled towards to destiny, but its not only our choices, but everyone elses that form our world. Montaigne says “we are all patchwork, and so shapeless and diverse in composition that each bit, each moment, plays its own game. And there is as much difference between us and ourselves as between us and others.” Ultimately, we are all alike in that our desire propels

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    In the trilogy The Oresteia, Aeschylus shows the never ending cycle of violence within the house of Atreus. The cycle acts as a “net” entrapping Agamemnon, Clytemnestra, Orestes, and many other characters. This net has not only encapsulated characters but it also produces actions throughout the play provoking the audience to think of several different conflicted loyalties. Specifically, the rendezvous between Clytemnestra and the chorus highlights right versus wrong, self-help justice (in the form

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    Tyrannus), Antigone, and Oedipus at Colonus. The three plays, while commonly considered a trilogy, are in fact three separate plays, written at almost twenty to thirty year intervals, which concern themselves with the same theme and lineage. With Aeschylus and Euripides, his older and younger contemporaries, Sophocles formed a triad of the greatest dramatists of ancient Greece. The western civilisation has often been described as “the heir of the Greeks and the Romans.” The works of Sophocles have

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    Oedipus the King, by Sophocles, is renowned as one of the most edifying tragedies of its era and its influence on both theatre and society is still evident today. Through the development of one of the most profound characters in literature, the play offers an insight on themes such as fate, free will, recognition, relationships, religion, and duty. The play was first performed in about 429 B.C in the City Dionysia, where it secured second place, and it continues to be performed today through different

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    Beowulf is an epic poem which sings of the heroic conquests of one legendary hero. It calls its hearers to the heroic life, but holds out no false hopes for a “happily ever after,” an ending exemplified in the Odyssey, another epic poem. In opposition to it, Beowulf shows that wyrd will have its way and all must die when it is time. However although no man can defeat fate and escape death itself, personified in three monstrous enemies, Beowulf faces the physical, moral, and metaphysical evils. After

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    Physical Emotional Conflict Ralph Defining Word: Hardworking Defining Word: Leader Defining Word: Irritated Page#: 50, 80, Quote: "All day I've been working with Simon." "Wait a minute! I mean, who built all three? We all built the first one, four of us built the second one, and me 'n Simon built the last one over there." Page#: 22, 108, 23 Quote: "Let's have a vote", "vote for chief" "I'm chief. We've got to make certain. Can't you see the mountain? There's no signal showing. There may

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    Misogyny The portrayal of women changes each year as female rights continues to expand and develop until one day females across the world can achieve the same rights as males. In the tragic play, King Lear written by William Shakespeare, Shakespeare challenges the long established portrayal of women by giving them the power of authority, despite later reverting back to the traditional gender roles by suggesting that the females in this play who are given the power of authority are bound to fail.

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    Power Of Water Analysis

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    The Power of Water The power of water is undeniable; it’s a symbol that has represented many things throughout all walks of life and literature. In some instances, you could say it is the most powerful force among the elements. It is truly, and unequivocally unpredictable; and yet, not at all. Regarding the stories of Riders to the Sea by J. M. Synge and The Enchanted Waters by Liam O’Flaherty, the allegorical meaning behind bodies of water stands strong as the driving theme. The immense

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    It is very common for myths to have a character who is either blind, mad, or acts impulsively. From some of the most ancient works such as The Epic of Gilgamesh, through Shakespeare, and even the most common fairy tales, these common character types appear. In works such as The Oresteia, “Oedipus the King”, and the Grimm Brother's telling of “Rapunzel”, there is at least one character whose blindness, whether metaphorical or physical leads to the downfall of either themselves, or others. In The

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    Have you ever watched a movie or a tv show, or even read a book, in which any character has two different sides? It was probably..., the good one and the evil one? And those sides are always opposites… Right? If this plot is not a strange thing to you, have you ever thought why is this idea/theme so present in many ways inside the pop culture? In 1886 the book "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", written by Robert Louis Stevenson, was released and became one of the most popular Stevenson's

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    Oedipus is one of the first Western tragedies written by Sophocles who is known for his plays. This play based around Greek Mythology became popular in the Greek world and motivated other scholars in the 20th century, (Encyclopedia Britannica 1). E.R. Dodds was one of those motivated 20th century scholars who wrote On Misunderstanding the Oedipus Rex that proclaims his subjective point of view. Dodds expresses that in Oedipus, Oedipus the King should not be held accountable for killing his father

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    Comparing Aeschylus and Aristotle Rhetoric The readings of Aeschylus and Aristotle are called “The Eumenides” and “Rhetoric” respectively. “The Eumenides” is about Athena trying to save Athens from the Furies using rhetoric. While “Rhetoric” is about how rhetoric is useful, dialectic, which is trying to find the truth is very important too. These readings talk how rhetoric is critical for persuasion and “The Eumenides” shows persuasion in an example while “Rhetoric” just talks about persuasion. Both

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    Greek theatre was formed back in 500 BC by the Greek civilisation that used performing, miming and dancing as ways and means to tell stories, imitate others and for their rituals. They were two forms of plays that were showcased in the City of Dionysia; tragedy and satyr. The City of Dionysia was the festival celebrating the God Dionysus. Throughout this essay I will be describing the characteristics of Greek tragedy while using Sophocles’ ‘Oedipus the King’ as a reference. Before Oedipus was the

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    Carl Jung, a Swiss psychiatrists, was interested in which symbols and common myths were able to seep into our thinking on both conscious and subconscious level. Initially working with an Austrian psychoanalyst, Sigmund Freud, in the late 1800s both agreed with the significance of recurring themes in people’s dreams. However, Jung and Freud took different paths with the disagreement of sexuality driving other’s personalities. He wrote The Personal and Collective Unconscious to demonstrates his views

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    Power In Ancient Greece

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    The past is certainly a teacher for the future. It builds the footsteps for the world as we know it today. Power in the past great civilizations has set up a powerful backdrop for the development of the modern werstern world. Power is a crucial development over time that influences and defines our current civilizations. Ancient Greece had one of the most influential forms of power, philosophy, and knowledge in history. The ancient Greeks gave way to civilization in the western world as we know

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