The Oresteia Part I Agamemnon

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TheOresteia Part I: Agamemnon

TheOresteia Part I: Agamemnon

TheGreek tragedy was staged in the South Bank site permanently as thefirst of its kind in the area by Peter Hall. The actors dressed inmasks represented different roles in the play such that the audienceeasily differentiated them as they went by representing their roles.The ancient Greek theatre performance represents different charactersespecially the main character Agamemnon. It is characterized by thegreed for leadership and treachery which leads to war and conflictsbetween different territories.

Agamemnon,the elder brother of Menelaus, is greatly focused in the play as thecommander of the Greek armies and the husband to Clytemnestra, thequeen. The arrival of the king into the palace on a crimson tapestryrepresents different expectations symbolically (Blackburn, 2012). Thecrimson tapestry rather referred to as the red carpet represents abad sign as the crimson color is related three contradicting thingsthat are related to the King.

Thecolor of the tapestry represents the pride of Agamemnon as the victorof Troy for victory in the war, the wrath of Queen Clytemnestra forthe sacrifice of their daughter and as the bloody death that awaitsAgamemnon. The willingness of Agamemnon to step on the tapestrybuilds the indication that the King was ready for the consequences ofhis actions especially with the sacrificing of their daughter thathaunts the queen (Blackburn, 2012). Despite his doubts upon steppingon the tapestry, his character betrays him. He predicts his deathupon stepping on the cloth.

Eventually,King Agamemnon falls into the traps of the queen to whom she hasbetrayed over time. The sacrifice of their daughter, Cassandra andexcessive pride upon the defeat of enemies blind him from seeing hisimpending tragedy. Despite the chorus sang by the elderly men ofArgos, the great King fails to listen to those close to him hence hisfall.


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