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Tragic Ambitions Aeschylus Oresteia conveys particular ethical and political testimonials about society in order to idealize certain morals or to assure conformity In Agamemnon protagonists grapple with particular conflicts that pertain to a certain virtuous code Agamemnon deals with issues of what ought to be good breeding and kinship However the play itself does so in a way that mystifies the auditor Agamemnon makes it impracticable to ascertain who exactly the protagonists and antagonists are Furthermore the drama presents itself to the audience with characters who are well intentioned in a sense but morally corrupt Agamemnon is one such character whose is diseased by ambition Agamemnon is initially introduced to us as a man of honor boldly guiding his troops to the victory of the Trojan War in the beginning play of the trilogy but we are then told that Agamemnon in order to win the battle of Troy slaughtered his own daughter Iphigenia The extreme complexity of Agamemnons character leaves one in a trance- is the man insane ambitious virtuous In the context of this particular story the act of sacrificing Iphigenia for the sake of the state could indeed be deemed as righteous Because this play is political the theme of family loyalty is oftentimes presented as a danger for society and order Grecians are focused on the importance of the state Going against the state on account of family loyalty is a very dangerous Page 2 act potentially resulting in consequences for all Because Agamemnons decision to sacrifice his daughter can be understood as a logical decision one can reason that the sacrifice was on behalf of Troy and the victory of the Greek army Virtuous the act itself may seem provided the circumstances of the play Agamemnons sacrifice of his daughter was faulted therefore making him an even more corrupt disturbed character It can be argued that out of sheer ambition Agamemnon murdered his daughter This
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