Study Guide

Agamemnon, Clytemnestra, and Iphigenia Revenge

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When Clytemnestra stabs Agamemnon to death for sacrificing Iphigenia she wreaks a pretty awful revenge. What makes the myth interesting (to us anyway) is that to her, it isn't really revenge at all. To the queen, she's only giving her husband what he rightly deserves. She feels like she has every right to make Agamemnon pay for what he did. We love this myth because it really makes us think about the line between revenge and justice.

Questions About Revenge

  1. Do you think Clytemnestra is getting revenge or justice? Explain your answer?
  2. What is the difference between revenge and justice?
  3. Are any of the other characters in the story out for revenge?
  4. What is another way Clytemnestra might've made Agamemnon pay?
  5. If Agamemnon could come back from the dead, what do you think he would say to Clytemnestra?

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