History Theatre / Agamemnon

15th Jan '17 11:32:15 AM WaterBlap
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* RoyallyScrewedUp: The Atreides were the poster guys of this trope in UsefulNotes/ClassicalMythology. All the madness started with Tantalus [[OffingTheOffspring serving his own son]] [[IAteWhat to the gods]] to prove they're not omniscient, continued with the feud between brothers [[CainAndAbel Atreus and Thyestes]], and know the feud continues with their respective sons Agamemnon and Aegisthus.

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* RoyallyScrewedUp: The Atreides were the poster guys of this trope in UsefulNotes/ClassicalMythology.Myth/ClassicalMythology. All the madness started with Tantalus [[OffingTheOffspring serving his own son]] [[IAteWhat to the gods]] to prove they're not omniscient, continued with the feud between brothers [[CainAndAbel Atreus and Thyestes]], and know the feud continues with their respective sons Agamemnon and Aegisthus.
18th Oct '16 9:54:08 AM Katsuhagi
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* AssholeVictim: Agamemnon.



* JerkassVictim: Agamemnon.
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* JerkassVictim: Agamemnon.
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KeepTheHomeFiresBurning: The play as a whole shows how this can go wrong, since after being left at home Clytemnestra was left to wallow in her hatred of her husband and had time to plot his murder and take his cousin as her lover.


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* OffingTheOffspring: Agamemnon's sacrifice of his daughter Iphigenia before he left for Troy is part of the reason Clytemnestra plots his murder, especially since he tricked Clytemnestra into sending their daughter to him under the pretext of marrying her to Achilles and only revealed his true intentions once it was too late.
18th Oct '16 9:47:20 AM Katsuhagi
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Agamemnon himself is the King of Argos, who is returning home from the UsefulNotes/TheTrojanWar after enslaving Cassandra, the daughter of the Trojan king, Priam. Cassandra is forced into being his [[{{UnusualEuphemism}} concubine.]] Much to the distress of his wife, Clytemnestra when he finally returns home. Clytemnestra welcomes him back as if nothing bothers her, but is unable to keep the bitterness out of her tone when she speaks of how long he had been gone. Stringing out [[{{False Reassurance}} extravagant tales of how much she missed him]], in an attempt to make him feel uneasy and guilt stricken. She then orders maids to retrieve a purple cloth from his chariot, and spread it on the palace floor beneath his feet. But Agamemnon refuses to step on it.

When Clytemnestra speaks to him later she tries to convince him to walk on the purple carpet, comparing it to the sea. However, to her the carpet is [[{{RuleofSymbolism}} symbolic]]. The 'Sea' she speaks of is the family feud, and the 'purple dye' is blood shed for revenge.[[labelnote:*]]literally—the Greeks would use the blood of crushed snails to create purple dye; thus, Agamemnon would lead himself to his own death by walking on a path of blood! Clever girl.[[/labelnote]] She continues to speak in [[{{Foreshadowing}} thinly veiled metaphors]] of his impending fate, however Agamemnon [[{{GenreBlind}} never catches on.]] He finally re-enters the palace after much berating from Clytemnestra, when he is out of sight she then utters a terrifying cry of triumph that her plan is coming together. She quickly gives a prayer to Zeus so that her vendetta goes off without a hitch, and she follows him.She had been planning her husbands murder in the ten year long absence he was fighting in the war. During which she was having an affair with his cousin Aegisthus, who believes himself to be the rightful ruler. Clytemnestra is also vengeful against her husband for sacrificing their daughter Iphigenia.

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Agamemnon himself is the King of Argos, who is returning home from the UsefulNotes/TheTrojanWar after enslaving Cassandra, the daughter of the Trojan king, Priam. Cassandra is forced into being his [[{{UnusualEuphemism}} concubine.]] concubine]]. Much to the distress of his wife, Clytemnestra when Clytemnestra, he finally returns home. Clytemnestra home and she welcomes him back as if nothing bothers her, is wrong, but she is unable to keep the bitterness out of her tone when she speaks of how long he had been gone. Stringing out [[{{False Reassurance}} extravagant tales of how much she missed him]], in an attempt to make him feel uneasy and guilt stricken. She stricken, she then orders maids to retrieve a purple cloth from his chariot, and spread it on the palace floor beneath his feet. But Agamemnon refuses to step on it.

When Clytemnestra speaks to him later she tries to convince him to walk on the purple carpet, comparing it to the sea. However, to her the carpet is [[{{RuleofSymbolism}} symbolic]]. The 'Sea' she speaks of is the family feud, and the 'purple dye' is blood shed for revenge.[[labelnote:*]]literally—the Greeks would use the blood of crushed snails to create purple dye; thus, Agamemnon would lead himself to his own death by walking on a path of blood! Clever girl.[[/labelnote]] She continues to speak in [[{{Foreshadowing}} thinly veiled metaphors]] of his impending fate, however Agamemnon [[{{GenreBlind}} never catches on.]] He finally re-enters the palace after much berating from Clytemnestra, when he is out of sight she then utters a terrifying cry of triumph that her plan is coming together. She quickly gives a prayer to Zeus so that her vendetta goes off without a hitch, and she follows him. She had been planning her husbands husband's murder in the ten year long absence he was fighting in the war. During war, during which she was having an affair with his cousin Aegisthus, who believes himself to be the rightful ruler. Clytemnestra is also vengeful against her husband for sacrificing their daughter Iphigenia.



Cassandra has a vision of the walls of the palace dripping blood, Agamemnon's dead body and a sword in Clytemnestra's grasp. She also sees her own dead body lying still beside the king. She tries to warn the Elders of this horrible prophecy, but they are unable to understand what she's saying. Cassandra resigns to her fate, gives a prayer that she is given a quick death and enters the palace. Soon after the death-shriek of the king is heard; the Elders debate rapidly what to do; and the palace doors open to reveal Clytemnestra and the bleeding corpses of Cassandra and Agamemnon. Even though the Elders know that they should condemn Clytemnestra for her actions, the situation of her grief and suffering for years are making them unsure.

Aegisthus arrives to the scene and offers thanks to the gods. He is described by the Elders as a coward who refused to serve in the war, a lecher who seduced the king's wife in order to steal the throne back. However, he tells the horrifing story of what Agamemnon's father Atreus, did to his father Thyestes, we realize that the same obligation which drove him to plot vengeance on the son of Atreus is exactly the same as that which now lies upon Orestes.

Aeschylus does not praise or excuse Aegisthus; but his insiststance on presenting his case fairly ensures that the urgency of the central theme, What is justice? Is further heightened by the closing scene of the play.

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Cassandra has a vision of the walls of the palace dripping blood, Agamemnon's dead body and a sword in Clytemnestra's grasp. She also sees her own dead body lying still beside the king. She tries to warn the Elders of this horrible prophecy, but they are unable to understand what she's saying. Cassandra resigns to her fate, gives a prayer prays that she is given a quick death and enters the palace. Soon after the death-shriek of the king is heard; the Elders debate rapidly what to do; and the palace doors open to reveal Clytemnestra and the bleeding corpses of Cassandra and Agamemnon. Even though the Elders know that they should condemn Clytemnestra for her actions, the situation of her grief and suffering for years are making them unsure.

Aegisthus arrives to the scene and offers thanks to the gods. He is described by the Elders as a coward who refused to serve in the war, a lecher who seduced the king's wife in order to steal the throne back. However, he tells the horrifing horrifying story of what Agamemnon's father father, Atreus, did to his father Thyestes, we realize that the same obligation which drove him to plot vengeance on the son of Atreus is exactly the same as that which now lies upon Orestes.

Aeschylus does not praise or excuse Aegisthus; but his insiststance insistence on presenting his case fairly ensures that the urgency of the central theme, theme: What is justice? Is This is further heightened by the closing scene of the play.



* BecauseDestinySaysSo: Agamemnon sacrifriced Iphigenia because of this, and Cassandra rushes to her death at the hands of Clytemnestra since it's useless to delay it.

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* BecauseDestinySaysSo: Agamemnon sacrifriced sacrificed Iphigenia because of this, and Cassandra rushes to her death at the hands of Clytemnestra since it's useless to delay it.



* CassandraTruth: The original one, since it's the TropeNamer.

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* CassandraTruth: The original one, since it's it comes from the TropeNamer.



* IWillWaitForYou: What Agamemnon expects from Clytemnestra.

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* IWillWaitForYou: What Agamemnon expects expected from Clytemnestra.Clytemnestra. She didn't.
16th Oct '16 5:18:22 AM leraluna
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* YourCheatingHeart: Clytemnestra cheats on Agamemnon with his cousin Aegisthus.

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* YourCheatingHeart: Clytemnestra cheats on Agamemnon with his cousin Aegisthus.Aegisthus, while Agamemnon himself has taken Cassandra as his concubine, [[DoubleStandard but guess which adulterer is treated less sympathetically]].
16th Oct '16 5:15:38 AM leraluna
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* MrExposition: The Watchman.

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* MrExposition: The Watchman.Watchman and Cassandra herself as she starts narrating the story of Agamemnon's ancestors.



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* StrawFeminist: Clytemnestra.

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%%* RoyallyScrewedUp
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* RoyallyScrewedUp: The Atreides were the poster guys of this trope in UsefulNotes/ClassicalMythology. All the madness started with Tantalus [[OffingTheOffspring serving his own son]] [[IAteWhat to the gods]] to prove they're not omniscient, continued with the feud between brothers [[CainAndAbel Atreus and Thyestes]], and know the feud continues with their respective sons Agamemnon and Aegisthus.
* SecondaryCharacterTitle: Despite being the character of the title, Agamemnon isn't given much action (aside from his murder) and the true protagonists is Clytemnestra.
* SecondHandStorytelling: The GreekChorus and Cassandra are the main source of the antecedents.
* StrawFeminist: Clytemnestra.A possible interpretation of Clytemnestra's character.
12th Apr '16 6:14:37 PM PaulA
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->--''' [[{{CassandraTruth}} Cassandra]]'''

The ancient Greek play ''Agamemnon'' is the first of a series of [[{{Tragedy}} tragedies]] in the ''Theatre/OresteianTrilogy'' by {{Aeschylus}}.

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->--''' [[{{CassandraTruth}} Cassandra]]'''

-->-- '''Cassandra'''

The ancient Greek play ''Agamemnon'' is the first of a series of [[{{Tragedy}} tragedies]] in the ''Theatre/OresteianTrilogy'' trilogy ''Theatre/TheOresteia'' by {{Aeschylus}}.
Creator/{{Aeschylus}}.



{{Aeschylus}} does not praise or excuse Aegisthus; but his insiststance on presenting his case fairly ensures that the urgency of the central theme, What is justice? Is further heightened by the closing scene of the play.

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{{Aeschylus}} Aeschylus does not praise or excuse Aegisthus; but his insiststance on presenting his case fairly ensures that the urgency of the central theme, What is justice? Is further heightened by the closing scene of the play.





!TropeNamer for...
* CassandraTruth



* BecauseDestinySaysSo: Agamemnon sacrifriced Iphigenia because of this, and [[spoiler: Cassandra rushes to her death at the hands of Clytemnestra since it's useless to delay it.]]

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* BecauseDestinySaysSo: Agamemnon sacrifriced Iphigenia because of this, and [[spoiler: Cassandra rushes to her death at the hands of Clytemnestra since it's useless to delay it.]]



* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:It ends with both Agamemnon and Cassandra dead.]]
* FaceDeathWithDignity: What [[spoiler:Cassandra]] decides to do, since it was foreseen anyway.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Mainly done by the Chorus and Cassandra. Not only does she foresee [[spoiler:Agamemnon's and her own demise,]] she also predicts the events of ''Theatre/TheLibationBearers'' which is [[spoiler:Orestes' vengeance upon Clytemnestra.]]

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:It It ends with both Agamemnon and Cassandra dead.]]
dead.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: What [[spoiler:Cassandra]] Cassandra decides to do, since it was foreseen anyway.
anyway.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Mainly done by the Chorus and Cassandra. Not only does she foresee [[spoiler:Agamemnon's Agamemnon's and her own demise,]] demise, she also predicts the events of ''Theatre/TheLibationBearers'' which is [[spoiler:Orestes' Orestes' vengeance upon Clytemnestra.]]
8th Sep '15 5:42:35 PM RainFairy
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%%* BecauseDestinySaysSo

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%%* BecauseDestinySaysSo* BecauseDestinySaysSo: Agamemnon sacrifriced Iphigenia because of this, and [[spoiler: Cassandra rushes to her death at the hands of Clytemnestra since it's useless to delay it.]]



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%%* GreekChorus* GreekChorus: This is basically the role of the Eldest of Argos in the story.


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* TheOphelia: Subverted. The Elders ''think'' Cassandra is one of these and treat her as a madwoman at first, but then she starts talking about the RoyallyScrewedUp story of Argos as if she had been there...
8th Aug '15 8:30:56 AM Silverblade2
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* BecauseDestinySaysSo

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* Myth/ClassicalMythology

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* GreekChorus

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* KeepTheHomeFiresBurning

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* RoyallyScrewedUp
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* {{Tragedy}}

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3rd May '15 6:26:31 PM nombretomado
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* ClassicalMythology

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* ClassicalMythologyMyth/ClassicalMythology



* HistoricalFantasy: Archaeologists have found there was a real Agamemnon. Whether he was killed by his cousin and avenged by his children (as well as whether Atreus was as evil as depicted in ClassicalMythology or subjected to a HistoricalVillainUpgrade) cannot be known.

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* HistoricalFantasy: Archaeologists have found there was a real Agamemnon. Whether he was killed by his cousin and avenged by his children (as well as whether Atreus was as evil as depicted in ClassicalMythology Myth/ClassicalMythology or subjected to a HistoricalVillainUpgrade) cannot be known.
16th Mar '15 8:09:33 PM jormis29
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Agamemnon himself is the King of Argos, who is returning home from the {{The Trojan War}} after enslaving Cassandra, the daughter of the Trojan king, Priam. Cassandra is forced into being his [[{{UnusualEuphemism}} concubine.]] Much to the distress of his wife, Clytemnestra when he finally returns home. Clytemnestra welcomes him back as if nothing bothers her, but is unable to keep the bitterness out of her tone when she speaks of how long he had been gone. Stringing out [[{{False Reassurance}} extravagant tales of how much she missed him]], in an attempt to make him feel uneasy and guilt stricken. She then orders maids to retrieve a purple cloth from his chariot, and spread it on the palace floor beneath his feet. But Agamemnon refuses to step on it.

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Agamemnon himself is the King of Argos, who is returning home from the {{The Trojan War}} UsefulNotes/TheTrojanWar after enslaving Cassandra, the daughter of the Trojan king, Priam. Cassandra is forced into being his [[{{UnusualEuphemism}} concubine.]] Much to the distress of his wife, Clytemnestra when he finally returns home. Clytemnestra welcomes him back as if nothing bothers her, but is unable to keep the bitterness out of her tone when she speaks of how long he had been gone. Stringing out [[{{False Reassurance}} extravagant tales of how much she missed him]], in an attempt to make him feel uneasy and guilt stricken. She then orders maids to retrieve a purple cloth from his chariot, and spread it on the palace floor beneath his feet. But Agamemnon refuses to step on it.
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