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Into the Mind of the Noble Clytaemestra Born in 525 BC Aeschylus was the earliest of the great tragic poets of Athens He is commonly called the father of Greek tragedy Tragedy and drama in the western world were born with Aeschylus one of the greatest dramatists and poets of all time He lived and wrote more than two millenniums ago in the city of Athens in Greece He was completely a man of his century and yet because of this his works have a special harmony confident outlook and a grasp of the meaning and quality of human life The stories used in tragedy were taken almost exclusively from the great cycles of mythology These ancient myths and heroic legends were like a bible to the Greeks they recorded what was thought to be the social political and religious history of the people Agamemnon is a product of Aeschylus genius and maturity In this play Clytaemestra is illustrated as a assertive and influential force Although she is viewed in negative terms by other characters in the play she demonstrates many dominating features such as power and skill Clytaemestra is by far the strongest and most powerful character in the play This is most clearly demonstrated when at various points she forces Agamemnon as well as significant others to bend to her will Her most important characteristic as pointed out is her male strength of heart The play revolves almost around a single plot Clytaemestras thirst for revenge against Agamemnon for the sacrifice of their daughter Iphigenia She is a strong willed woman as well and her strength is evident on many occasions is the play Time and again her strength is illustrated when she forces Agamemnon Aegisthus and the Elders of Argos to do as she wishes Lady no man could speak more kind wisdom than you after the sure proof heard from you my purpose is now to give our thanks
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