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YMMV / The Trojan Women

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  • Angst Aversion: A lot of readers (including translator Gilbert Murray) just simply can't finish the play because of how bleak and hopeless it is, with the only hope for the characters is Athena and Poseidon's curse on the Greek warriors and Cassandra's promise of bringing ruin to Agamemnon.
  • Applicability: Due to its universal themes of War Is Hell, playwrights often update or reference more familiar settings in their adaptations. This can range from Sartre using it to criticize European imperialism to setting it in the 19th century African kingdom of Owu to post-apocalyptic sci-fi.
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  • Base-Breaking Character: Helen. Being easily the least sympathetic female character of the group as well as having a war waging because of her that led to the entire tragedy doesn't do her any favors.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Cassandra appears in a single scene where she lights the fires to celebrate her "marriage" to Agamemnon, and she totally steals the scene with her wild Foreshadowing and a very sympathetic purpose of revenge.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: This play did this to many of the flat female characters in the Trojan War mythology while boosting up old favorite Cassandra. The most prominent examples are Hecuba, Andromache and Helen, who went from Satellite Character to the lead in their titular plays.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: WOMEN ARE PEOPLE, NOT OBJECTS OR TROPHIES, with pain, dreams and hopes of their own. No, being on the side of the enemy doesn't negate that. This sentiment unfortunately didn't amuse or get through to the Ancient Greek audience.
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  • Tear Jerker: The entire play from beginning to end is miserable and heart-wrenching read.
  • Values Resonance: War Is Hell, no matter if it was 1200 BC, 415 BC or even 2000 AD. The message is timeless and universal, which is why the tragedy has aged so well.
  • The Woobie: The entire Trojan female population, but those who stand out are Hecuba and Andromache.

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