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The first scene opened with Artemis She explained who she was and why she was looking for a sacrifice from Agamemnon This set the ball rolling for the rest of the play It was interesting how key female members of the tale Helen and Iphegenia avoided certain death which left them available to be tied in with the rest of the plot What seemed like a pretty stiff punishment to Agamemnon for shooting a deer and boasting about it was actually even harsher in reality I was never really quite clear as to if Artemis knew in advance what the outcome of the believed sacrifice would be The actress who portrayed Artemis appeared through her reaction to the ensuing plight of Elektra to be truly saddened It wasnt until the tale of Elektra that we learned from Aigisthus how the curse had been placed upon Atreus children From an Ethics standpoint it would lead you to believe that the Greeks believed in Hard Determinism as a moral code It wasnt until the last act of Iphegenia that the lesson seemed to shift to a Soft Deterministic point of view showing the characters could have changed their fate The whole series of tragic events were set into place by an Egotistical act of boasting and made worse by women of questionable moral fiber When all the events are reviewed Tantalus eating his children notwithstanding the simple influence of humility and fidelity would have avoided all the death and suffering that followed If I were going to pick a message from the story it would be that the suffering and injustices from the past cannot be resolved by suffering and injustice in the present Humility and the act of forgiveness alone will allow the wounds of past transgressions to heal Infidelity can wreck a whole country but if youre a hot chick you can get away with anything Belief in a divine being who professes the taking
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