Oresteia Essays

  • Justice In The Oresteia

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    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 finally the end result of the implied debate leads to a jury system. In this paper I will go over two of the several different interpretations of justice used in the Oresteia and compare and contrast

  • Creation Myth In Oresteia

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    family, death, gender, and justice. Plato’s The Republic also has themes like justice, morality, education, and wisdom. These two texts have helped define people and how they will act towards one another in their community. Gender is a big theme in Oresteia. Aeschylus has shown that his view of society is having men in charge. When the play was first written in 458 B.C. it was a time where the male was shown as the superior role over females. Even though they are portrayed as the better gender in this

  • Conflicting Loyalties In The Oresteia

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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

  • Justice In The Oresteia Essay

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    When observing the series of events that transpire throughout the course of The Oresteia, the three plays, we do see something of a fixation on revenge, taking vengeance for being wronged in many different scenarios, many of them resulting in deaths. In many of these situations, vengeance serves as their form of justice, though whether they are one and the same is the question. The expression goes that "An eye for an eye makes the world go blind" but another saying says that "Justice is blind"

  • Comparing Shakespeare's Hamlet And Orestes And Hamlet: Vengeance

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    will conclude whose vengeance was more acceptable. Excerpts from Earl Showerman, a Shakespearean expert and excerpts from Aeschylus The Oresteia and Shakespeare's Hamlet will support who was more justified in avenging their father. Going over the characters stories is important in deciding on whose vengeance is more justified. First events in The Oresteia, in Agamemnon, Orestes father, Agamemnon was killed by his wife Clytemnestra and her new lover Aegisthus. The reason Agamemnon sacrificed

  • Oresteia In The Oresteia

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    The Oresteia is a trilogy of Greek tragedies written by ancient Greek playwright and tragedian Aeschylus. Consisting of Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, and The Eumenides, The Oresteia follows the story of the curse on the House of Atreus. It is considered Aeschylus’s finest work and is the only existing example of an ancient Greek theatre trilogy in western literature. This essay will discuss the portrayal, significance and development of the oikos in The Libation Bearers by Aeschylus through the

  • Women In Taming Of The Shrew

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    Katherine and Bianca are opposites at the beginning of Taming of the Shrew. Petruchio and Katherine are very similar. Lucentio is overcome by love and is willing to debase his station in order to achieve it, like many other women and men in Shakespeare's plays. Despite the confining gender expectations and roles of his time, Shakespeare was aware and interested in what people of different genders could have in common. Shakespeare uses the differences and similarities in personality traits throughout

  • Manipulation In Oresteia

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    Manipulation: the skillful handling, controlling or using of something or someone. Throughout John Lewin's adaptation of Aeschylus' three-part Oresteia, the characters utilize the art of manipulation in order to achieve their own ends. This form of persuasion is first seen in the words of Queen Clytemnestra in her initial aim to take revenge upon the murderer of her child; then to condemn the son that slew her. Mortals are not alone in these acts of manipulation. Both the ancient and young deities

  • Oresteia In Agamemnon

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    inevitably clever and talented; however, Aeschylus’ heroes often lived tight and hard lives. Many people loved and respected these heroes even more than gods; it is because they were closer to people and lived their lives. This paper discusses the trilogy Oresteia and, mainly, the tragedy Agamemnon. The essay argues that there is unquestionable

  • The Theme Of Revenge: Themes Of Vengeance In Beowulf

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    Andrea Aranda Tom Whittington December 8th, 2014 English 11th "C" Beowulf Vengeance Essay It is often believed amongst the people in this world that justice is revenge. Whether it's justified or just looked for, the need for justice in the lives of people will always be boldly present until something is done about it. The poem "Beowulf" harbors amongst many other themes the theme of revenge, being considered the overwhelming motivation for some particular characters to do what they do. It in

  • Epic Poetry In Homer's The Iliad

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    Epic poetry is basically a long narrative poem, that is based on stories that are larger than life. For instance it is about the grandeur of warriors, bravery of heroes, various Gods, kings and their kingdoms. In style and theme, it is majestic. It basically incorporates mythicism, religious affairs, legend, folktales, historical events that are of national significance. It sometimes involves events that are of universal significance aswell. National significance basically is taken in a sence that

  • Archetypes In The Odyssey

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    An archetype is an image, a descriptive detail, a plot pattern, or a type of character that occurs multiple times in myth, literature, religion, or folk lore. Archetypes often provoke emotion in the reader as they awaken an image, calling illogical responses into play. Many novels, legends, and myth are made up of archetypes which causes similarities in the plots of many novels. For example, the Helper God, the golden place, seasons and metamorphosis are archetypes that make up modern literature

  • Creon In Oedipus The King

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    1. Oedipus Rex was tragedy play written in 430 B.C.E. by Sophocles then translated by F. Storr. Oedipus the King takes place in Thebes and the Oedipus at the Colonus happens nears Athens. The environment for these characters is in the Heroic Age. This time period the Greek gods have left plant Earth and relocated to Mount Olympus. Now the world is left with heroes like Oedipus. Life for a lot of people was starting to look bleak as the pelage was upon them. Daily life for the people of Thebes were

  • Jonah And Intertextual Dialogue Analysis

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    HOSEA The prophet Hosea lived in the kingdom of northern Israel in the eighth century B.C., a time of great political change and struggle. The Hebrew monarchy felt the need to make political alliances with pagan kings to keep Israel on friendly terms with other nations. Individual Hebrews often married or in business deals with pagans, were attracted to the sexual rites in the pagan fertility temple. Of particular danger to the Hebrew faith were the cults of the storm god Baal, the Lord of the Winds

  • Examples Of Courtly Love In The Knight's Tale

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    Lauren Arant Mr. McInnis English IV 19 February 2018 The Medieval View of Courtly Love in “The Knight’s Tale” Courtly love can mean different things for different poets, genres, and periods. During The Medieval Times in western Europe, poets wrote in the courts of nobility and developed a new approach to love. In the Medieval Times, the new approach to love was called Courtly Love. The medieval view of Courtly Love is evident in “The Knight’s Tale” by chivalry, the rules of Courtly Love, and the

  • Symbolism In Oedipus The King

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    Within the Greek myths and mythos the gods and goddesses, although human, are all powerful and all knowing. Disobeying or angering these mighty beings always leads to a negative outcome. From Athena turning Arachne into a spider for boosting about being better. To Leto sending Apollo and Artemis to kill Niobe’s 12 children for boosting about bearing more children then her. Not even Oedipus in Sophocles’s Oedipus Rex is spared from the gods’ wrath. There are many symbols that reveal how a possible

  • The Orestes Play 'Aeschylus The Libation Bearers'

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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

  • The Odyssey Essay: The Role Of Women In Homer's Odyssey

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    In spite of the fact that Homer’s Odyssey is an epic story of a man’s gallant journey, women play a huge part throughout. Their unique yet controversial personalities, intentions, and relationships are vital to the development of this epic and adventurous journey of Odysseus. The poem by Homer was written at a time when women had an inferior position in society, yet that didn’t stop them from being any less influential. All of the women throughout the Odyssey possess different qualities, but all

  • Gender Roles In The Bacchae

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    In Euripides’s The Bacchae and in William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, I found the gender roles in these particular plays to be very interesting because this was my first exposure to cross-dressing in works of literature. In The Bacchae, women play a huge role because women are often portrayed as feminine and inferior in many past works, however, in The Bacchae, the women of Thebes decide to rebel against the men and join the Greek God of grape harvesting, wine, fertility, and partying, in the woods

  • Collective Unconsciousness In Antigone

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    The ancient play, Antigone, connects to Carl Jung’s interpretations of myths as a reflection of the collective unconsciousness and archetypes by using the underlying theme of fearing the gods and the actions of the characters. According to the textbook, Classical Mythology, archetypes are ingrained behaviors that characters will present during the novel, play, or movie, and the characters in Antigone are a clear example of animus and shadow (Morford 9). It also defines a collective unconsciousness