'Agamemnon' and the Gods Analytical Essay by Nicky

This play discusses the power of the gods as demonstrated in the play 'Agamemnon' by Aeschylus.
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In this article, the writer discusses that one of the predominant themes in the play 'Agamemnon' is that of obeying the will of the gods. The writer notes that the gods are fickle and often hypocritical, but they also have the power to exact revenge upon humans that break their laws. With the character of Zeus, one sees how this revenge becomes an integral aspect of the play. The writer discusses that the gods are an essential aspect of the play because it is shown that, in the end, their hands govern all actions and all outcomes. Man may have free will but that generally turns out to be to his detriment as 'Agamemnon' demonstrates. The writer concludes that 'Agamemnon' demonstrates how the will of the gods is unavoidable even in the face of victory.

From the Paper:

"Perhaps the most powerful example of this kind of suffering occurs with Agamemnon. While he is the king and does defeat Troy, his success is overshadowed by the sins of his father and his own sins. Agamemnon is doomed for a life of pain and suffering even before he is born. The retribution of the gods is linked to the house of Atreus before Agamemnon's birth and because sin must be atoned, Agamemnon inherits this. This is not to say that he committed his own sins along the way. He commits horrific sins and they only compound his curse. He must not only live with his father's guilt, he creates his own with the sacrifice of Iphigenia. He is also responsible for the destruction of some of Troy's most revered places. Agamemnon stands no chance due to his inherited sin and his willful sin. Of them, arrogance is one that incites the gods more than any other. When he walks upon the red tapestries, claiming that he is ..."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Aeschylus. Agamemnon. The Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces. New York: W. W. Norton and Company. 1985.

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