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The Oresteia contains a string of bloody acts all resulting from one conflicted decision Because of this decision Iphigeneia dies Agamemnon dies and Clytaemestra dies The bloodshed is tragic because the slaughtering is all within one family The decision that provokes the other decisions is Agamemnons settlement on sacrificing Iphigeneia As a result of this sacrifice Artemis allows the Greek army whom she had been holding on the shore to begin their journey to sack Troy Agamemnons dilemma which had two unfavorable options and multiple consequences on either side deserved more contemplation than was given Should he kill his daughter and continue on to Troy or should he let his daughter live and put the honor of Menelaus and Argos aside He realizes that it is a lose-lose situation What of these things goes without disaster Agamemnon 211 Agamemnon needed to examine his predicament more thoroughly but it is easy to see why he made his decision so hastily The situation there are 1000 ships armed with Greek soldiers that are ready to fight and win honor back for their city How is Agamemnon going to tell all of his soldiers Well sorry guys I dont want to kill my daughter so it looks like the trip is off Not only is he going to look cowardly in front of his men he is also going to look like a bad king who does not have the best interests of his people in mind To those soldiers the death of Agamemnons daughter is merely a stepping stone in their quest to overthrow Troy Agamemnon has the same warrior-mentality as his soldiers when it comes to making the decision as evidenced by his thoughts How shall I fail my ships and lose my faith of battle For them to urge such sacrifice of innocent blood angrily for their wrath is great-it is right May all be well yet Aeschylus 212-216 Agamemnon is clearly letting his
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