The Oresteia by Aeschylus Essay

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THE ORESTEIA by Aeschylus Nancy Patel Oresteia was Aeschylus one of the best work till date. This play has many interesting twists to it, brining out complexity in Greek plays and also showcasing facets of their identity. Oresteia is about cruses descended on the ruling family of Mycenae over generations after generations from the god Zeus. Pelos and Hippodamia have two sons, Atreus and Thyestes. Pelos’s sons fought because they both wished to rule to the city of Mycenae. Only one who could get the Golden Fleece (soft fabric) from the ram would be selected to rule the city. Atreus wins the challenge and is handed over the Golden Fleece from the goddess Artemis. But, the Golden Fleece was secretly given to Thyestes by Atreus’s wife who is Thyestes’s lover. Later Arteus kills his wife Aerope and fights with this brother and wins the city. But, he was still not very pleased with the victory. Therefore, he decided to invite his brother for a dinner. And Atreus serves him with his own’s sons flesh. Thyestes spots his son’s ring in the food and leaves the city cursing Atreus for his sins. When Thyestes leaves the city he commits a sin of sleeping with his own daughter. He and his daughter have a son named Aegisthus. And Atreus and Aerope have two sons, Menelaus and Agamemnon. The sons of Atreus marry the daughters of Zeus and Tantalus, Helen and Clytemnestra. Menelaus marries Helen and Agamemnon marries Clytemnestra. Agamemnon and Clytemnestra give birth to three children, Iphgenia Electra and Orestes. During that period of time Paris, the Trojan prince abducts Helen because he was astonished with her beauty. This action of Paris creates rivalry between the two cities and the Trojan War strikes in. Atreus’s sons have vowed that they will bring Helen back home and in order to win the war, Agamemnon sacrifices his own daughter to gods. Oresteia depicts number of sins
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