‘Athenian men’s relations with their wives were dominated by fear’ (30 marks) Women would’ve caused many fears for men as they played a major role in the upkeep of the oikos and furthering the family line. On top of worrying about betrayal or falsified sons, men would have to stay wary and alert in case any passing bachelors decided to seduce their wife. However many of the sources are court cases and the sheer purpose of them is to expose domestic problems, this means we need to be careful when generalising to Athenian men. They are all also written by males which may mean the sources could just be overly paranoid and lack credibility. And as always with ancient texts you need to take into account what time may have done to it.
They began bickering until they finally asked Zeus to settle the matter. Zeus, not wanting to get involved, sent the goddesses and their problem to a prince named Paris, the son of King Priam of Troy. Some say he chose Paris because he was the most honest person on earth, but others say it was because he was not smart enough to know not get involved with fighting between goddesses. Each goddess tried to bribe Paris in her own way. Athena, goddess of wisdom, war, the arts, industry, justice and skill, promised to help him lead Troy to victory against the Greeks.
Briefly outline and justify your casting decisions for Creon and Antigone and then explain how you would direct the interaction between these two characters in their first scene of confrontation, in order to achieve your preferred effects for an audience. Sophocles’ play ‘Antigone’ is a traditional Greek tragedy set after a civil war. The major themes in the play are the problem of choosing between obeying divine law or the law of the state, which is the cause of the conflict between Antigone and her uncle, King Creon; and the position of women in society in relation to men. Sophocles’ aim, like any tragic play write, is to evoke a cathartic response in audience at the end of the play and pathos for our tragic hero, Creon. For the casting of Creon, I would ideally choose a strongly built, relatively tall man with a powerful and commanding voice in order to convey that he is an authoritative and important man who should be respected and obeyed, thus making Antigone’s disobedience even more shocking.
This lack of self-centeredness is observed through the actions of Hector throughout the entire epic and his compassion for others is prominent in his notion of Greek justice. When Hector firsts steps into the plot of the Iliad, we witness his passion to fight and protect his city. In fact, Hector calls out his brother for not fighting. If Paris had not taken Helen as his prize, then this war may have never occurred. In book three, after Paris’ responds to Hector’s criticisms, Paris offers to prove himself in a fight with Menelaus in order to settle the war.
In this scene in particularly Achilles is enraged at the fact that Agamemnon wants to take his prize, when he satisfactorily worked to this reward. This also relates to human ideas in terms of what is expected as correct behavior. In this specific scene Agamemnon (even if the King) decides to act rashly and incorrectly against one of the highest ranking official in the Greek army. Agamemnon attempts to take what is rightfully Achilles and this is looked down upon by the entire Greeks. So, there is in fact an expectative when it comes to conduct even for the King.
Judgmental Judgmental means tending to judge people too quickly and critically: of, relating to, or involving judgment. We can all judgmental. I certainly am, many times. I think its human nature .I it is in our nature to be judgmental, I don’t think it’s always useful to us. We tend to look down on others, as if we are so much better.
However when passion gets in-between justice to voice of reason is muted. To begin, sympathy is given to Medea when first introduced that her husband, who she has sacrificed literally everything for, has left her for another woman. Medea changed herself to fit the standards for a Greek wife that society had molded, but had no success. She could not understand why he would do this adulterous crime that breaks the logical code of general conduct in ancient Greece. This conflict raises the value of passion over justice because Medea takes whatever steps necessary to achieve what she believes is equal
If approached youd remember that you saw the person, but only answer there question and move on. Now when the frontal lobe is hurt you tend to have more mood swings, and change in behavior. So the right side would be more personal towards there feelings than a left brain person. Left brain person would want to analyse there feelings, than to share them, or think through like the right side. The right side would be intuned with there feelings more than the left.
We see the lovers Lysander, Hermia, and Demetrius, who have a love triangle problem such that the two males are in love with the same woman. The problem is further complicated by the fact that Hermia’s father wants her to marry Demetrius, or to be put to death. Although the problem seems a bit excessive with the father wanting his daughter’s death, it is still plausible. Shakespeare also notes that Demetrius was once in love with Helena creating more tension to the love triangle. This entire problem is brought in daylight before the duke, Theseus.
His anger stems from his contempt and jealousy against Agamemnon, a commander in the Achaean army, after he claims his prize in war, a woman named Chryseis. Although he has already claimed another woman as his own, Briseis, Achilles refuses to step down until he can obtain both women and restore his honor. Agamemnon's actions insult Achilles, and Chryseis is returned safely to her father only once he gives up Briseis. Achilles prays to his mother Thetis in hopes that she would convince Zeus to punish the Achean army. This is one of many examples of how Achilles, an honorable and feared man, indulges in selfish behaviors because of the power he holds above others and his fear of losing the glory he feels only he deserves.