The Oresteia

The Oresteia

The Oresteia

When I began to read the Oresteia, I have to admit I thought it was going to be another boring Greek mythical story. To my amazement the story turned out to have a great moral which also allowed me to relate it to many lessons in life. The following paragraphs are depictions of my own identifying; the consequences for acting without thought, the bitterness of grudges, the need to avenge, and the power of guidance.
The first play of the story is named after the great Agamemnon whose greatness ends up being his downfall. The beginning gives us an overview of the ten year war and the image of Agamemnon?s sacrifice of his daughter. It appalled me to even fathom the idea of a father willing to sacrifice his innocent daughter so that he could to go to war. After I thinking about it I realized that he made a kind-hearted gesture because one lost life can save the lives of many. It is sort of similar to Genesis 19, when Lot offers of group of men his virgin daughters to save the lives of two angels. Both stories show the lack of respect for their daughter as well

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