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Agamemnon

Agamemnon

by Aeschylus

Agamemnon Themes

Little Words, Big Ideas

Justice and Judgment

From just reading Agamemnon on its own, you might not immediately think that "Justice and Judgment" is its most important theme. Like, sure, it would be in your Top 10, but it probably wouldn't be...

Fate and Free Will

Is it fair to punish someone for something they didn't choose? Consider the case of Agamemnon. One of the reasons Clytemnestra murders him (an act she considers the implementation of justice) is be...

Revenge

The theme of "Revenge" is also closely connected with the theme of "Justice and Judgment." Agamemnon, if you remember, is only the first part of a three-part series of tragedies entitled the Oreste...

Wisdom and Knowledge

The theme of "Wisdom and Knowledge" in Agamemnon mainly centers around the Chorus's claim that Zeus makes mortals "Suffer and learn" (177). This phrase could be interpreted to mean "learning happen...

Family

Even if it isn't the most important theme in Agamemnon, "Family" is definitely up there because it provides the context for everything else. Let's not forget that everything in Agamemnon goes back...

Politics

Aeschylus wrote his Agamemnon to be performed in Athens, a democratic city-state. But the society portrayed in his play is not democratic – instead, it hearkens back to an earlier time, in wh...

Fear

As you may have noticed, elsewhere in this guide, we refer to Agamemnon as the world's first horror movie. So it wouldn't make very much sense if "Fear" wasn't one of its major themes, would it? Fe...

Lies and Deceit

There are some obvious connections between the theme of "Lies and Deceit" and that of "Wisdom and Knowledge." The connection between these two themes becomes clear when the Chorus tells the Herald...

Gender

In a patriarchal society like that of ancient Greece, it would be pretty hard to have a play with a fearsome female villain like Clytemnestra and not have the issue of gender play a prominent role....

Memory and The Past

From the very beginning of Agamemnon, it's clear that the people of Argos are living in the past. If you were a Watchman who had to spend every night of your life for ten years sitting on a roof in...

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