Robert J. Milch's Agamemnon, The Choephori, The Eumenides (Cliffs Notes) PDF

By Robert J. Milch

ISBN-10: 0822001284

ISBN-13: 9780822001287

Probably the most winning playwrights of old Greece, Aeschylus wrote approximately ninety performs, yet this present day basically 7 live on. Credited with introducing a moment actor onstage, his performs retell the battles, victories, and social ramifications of existence within the golden days of Athens. those performs are 2,500 years outdated and nonetheless played, for they converse on to the human psyche.

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Justice will now be secured by an impartial and rational human court. The new justice will be tempered by mercy and understanding, as in the trial of Orestes. The sacred institutions of Athens are glorified as the pattern of earthly justice and happiness. "Holy persuasion," reason, is the civilizing instrument of the new order. The closing pageant binds together all elements of the new harmony--primitive and modern, divine and human--and the brilliant pageant, an imitation of Athens' most holy festival, symbolizes the fulfillment of man's long and painful groping toward a satisfactory organization of society.

Orestes says that he willingly admits the murder but does not himself know whether he did right or wrong. Apollo asserts that all the oracles he has ever spoken, whether pertaining to man, woman, or city, have been in accordance with the will of Zeus. The oracle by which he commanded Orestes to murder his mother was no exception and embodied the express wishes of Zeus. And, he warns the jurors, the will of Zeus has more force than the oaths they have taken to judge according to their own understanding of the case.

The chorus demand that Apollo acknowledge his own guilt in this crime, for it was he who ordered Orestes to commit matricide. Apollo defends himself by saying he ordered Orestes to avenge the murder of Agamemnon. In response, the Furies accuse Apollo of having given sanctuary to Orestes despite his bloodguilt, and of having abused them, the divinely ordained avengers of Clytaemestra, in the pursuit of their duty. Apollo points out that the Furies made no effort to punish Clytaemestra for killing Agamemnon.

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