Blood and the 'Eumenides' Analytical Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

Blood and the 'Eumenides'
This paper discusses blood imagery and sacrifice in Aeschylus' 'Eumenides'.
# 118206 | 816 words | 2 sources | APA | 2009 | US

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In this article, the writer discusses that the imagery of blood within Aeschylus' Eumenides performs many functions. The writer notes that the most obvious connects this play with the preceding two stories of the Oresteia series. The writer also points out that there is a great deal of blood in all three pieces, both the blood that is spilt in the ground by the many murders, and also the blood of relationship. In addition, the writer discusses that blood is central to the theme of the play, both real and metaphorical blood, and also the blood of sacrifice, which turns the cycle of blood and murder into a cycle of fertility and rebirth/recreation for all involved. The writer concludes that retribution as justice period ceases, and the fates design a new destiny for the furies, making them into benefactors, rather than vengeful accursed.

From the Paper:

"Agamemnon returns from the wars with not only the blood of other men on his hands, but also that of his daughter, blood of his blood. It is perhaps not a coincidence that his blood is also shed. In the Eumenides, this blood-of-blood imagery is altered by two details; firstly, the blood seeking Furies, who feed on blood, but are also born of blood (They were created from blood which fell from Chronos when he was castrated); and secondly, the blood sacrifice which purifies Orestes, and allows him to return to civilization. On one side of the bloody theme is the blood of sacrifice and purification; on the other the bloodshed of vengeance and retribution, and in the centre of these two poles is the man with blood-of-his-blood on his hands."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Johnson, Ian. (2003) Aeschylus: The Eumenides (The Kindly Ones Malaspina University College, Nanaimo, BC.
  • Saranow, Jenny (1998) Blood Imagery in the Oresteia

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