Agamemnon

Agamemnon
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"0 God What's This She Has in Mind?"
The first play of the Oresteia trilogy, Agamemnon tells the story of Argos's king, home victoriously after the Trojan War. Clytaemnestra, nursing a grudge because Agamemnon killed their daughter Iphigenia, has taken a lover—Aegisthus. Soon after Agamemnon's return, Clytaemnestra kills him and with Aegisthus becomes ruler of Argos.
Revenge vs. Justice:
Clytaemnestra lets vengeful feelings rather than a sense of justice dictate her actions when she avenges her daughter.
Righteousness vs. Evil
Honor and fulfillment come from virtue; power and wealth lead to evil and catastrophe.
fate
Agamemnon believes he acts out of free will, but the Furies sabotage him because of his unjust actions.
Aegisthus
Clytaemnestra's lover; co-usurper of throne of Argos
Clytaemnestra
Unhappy wife and murderer of Agamemnon; co-usurper of throne
Agamemnon
King of Argos; leader of expedition to Troy