TheGreek mythology consisted of gods, titans, heroes and the nature ofthe world. Greek mythology tends to explain the origin of the worldand the hierarchy among the gods, heroes, titans and the humanbeings. It also shows us the relationship that human beings had withgods. An example is a relationship between and the GodApollo that led to being cursed by the god Apollo. Therelationship between the people and the gods could lead to chaos orharmony depending on the cause of the relationship (Clairmont,1953).
Inthe play, is a princess in the kingdom of Troy and she wasthe daughter of Hecuba and Priam. Priam was the last king of Troybefore it was invaded by the Trojans. She was considered the mostbeautiful among her siblings and unlike them, she was not aprophetess. She was admired by many people to a point that the godApollo fell for her. The god Apollo would later approach and promise her that he would give her the gift of prophecy. Thepower of prophecy would not be given if she did not comply with thewishes of the god Apollo. The god Apollo demanded that would meet to his desires and without any hesitation, she did notdecline the offer. She was given her gift and she was able to giveprophecies.
Shewas gifted by the god Apollo and now it was her turn to fulfil herpromise. She had promised that she would do the wishes that the godApollo would request. Upon asking her to satisfy his desires, declined to fulfil them and the god Apollo becameinfuriated. He felt that he had been used and he decided to revengeto punish for her lies. The God cursed with thecurse that nobody would ever believe what she says (Clairmont,1953).The curse meant that even if she had a prophecy to tell the peoplenobody would listen to her or believe her. It reached a point thatthe people of Troy thought that she was becoming mad. The cursedepicts the dilemma that was burdened with for her wholelifetime.
Therole of in the play Agamemnon
Inthe play, is a captive for Agamemnon and he considered heras a valuable gift. She was in captivity but she was not treated likea prisoner and she had the freedom to speak her mind. She tells thechorus that once a god had fallen in love with her and he tried tolure her in bed but she declined and was later cursed by the godApollo even though she had earlier been gifted with the gift ofprophecy. The people did not believe her because of the curse thatshe had been given (Clairmont,1953).
Inthe play, plays a significant role because of her abilityto be able to tell the future and see the past. She uses her gift tosolve a murder case that happened in the house of Agamemnon. She alsopredicts the death of Agamemnon and foresaw that he would die at thehands of a woman. She also predicts her death but after telling thechorus these prophecies he tells her he believes her and does nothingto help. This shows the act of the curse taking place because thechorus has gotten vital information about Agamemnon but they chooseto do nothing.
Inthe play, we see a twist of events where realises that hersuffering is yet to happen. She seems as if being in captivity is alittle drama having to tolerate Agamemnon and Clytemnestra but whatshe fears most is her unfinished business with the god Apollo(AtKisson,1999).
Therole of ’s prophecies in the play
’sprophecies play an important part in the play because she can foreseeher death and the death of Agamemnon in the hands of a woman. Sheuses this prophecy to console herself that the death of Agamemnonwill mean that the death of her people will be avenged (AtKisson,1999).
Theprophesies also prove that the curse given to by Apollo wasreal because after she told the chorus and they did nothing. In theend, the prophecies come to be true and the Agamemnon dies at thehands of a woman. The woman turns out to be .
Itis noted that went through a tough ordeal that broke hercompletely. She was cursed by a god, her people were murdered in theTrojan war and was held in captivity. All the misfortunes werebrought by her relationship with a God (AtKisson,1999).
Asearlier said it is safe to say that her misfortunes could be avoidedif she did agree to fulfil her promise to Apollo. We also see thatthe death of Agamemnon tends to fulfil the wish that wantedthat the death of her people was avenged. We also see that does not get to see her final battle with the God Apollo that she wasafraid of.
AtKisson,A. (1999). Believing: An optimist looks at a pessimist`s world.Chelsea Green Publishing Company.
Clairmont,C. (1953). Studies in Greek Mythology and Vase-Painting. AmericanJournal of Archaeology,85-94.