THEA 221, Week 2
THEA 221, Week 2 THEA 221
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THEA 221: History of Theatre and Drama to 1600 Agamemnon Play Notes Who are the people that govern? Who are the Athenians dealing with? Aeschylus was born around (525456 B.C.E.). He was part of the elite and we are dealing with a great amount of elitism in this play. Casandra is the conquest of war. Don’t paint her as the bad vixen (Casandra). Casandra is a mystic is tuned to a different eye, she is a part of slaves, she isn't believed, why is that? Agamemnon comes from a military family; as a member of the elite he is privilege. Agamemnon is the inaugurator of western drama. The Greek army was severely outgunned by the German fleet. Agamemnon was known as a very accomplished military man, has heads to count, he has a legacy of sacrifice and military men in his family, lost his brother, has written many tragedies of his time. Only the main 7 plays have been salvaged, Aeschylus writer of Agamemnon has written around 70 plays. This is Aeschylus first play; as the first dramatist you can read one play as multiple plays. The question becomes is this a parent victory, is it really worth it? The kids are causing problems. Defending the King not his father because king represents more. NOTICES! You can’t stop violence with violence in this play because the violence is reoccurring, never ending. When violence is released does it lead to resolution? Fate is a main occurrence. More concerned with the ethics rather than the morals. The higher authorities listen a.k.a the court. The war will never change, this theme of slavery and conelization is reoccurring even today. Why is change an abstract sentiment instead of real change? We have freedom to engage in ideas. After Aristotle we are restrained with thinking, we start to examine philosophically. We aren't opening our minds and our hearts to the play because of the technology of the 20th century. What happens when human actors are involved. Transmodernfication: a person changing into something unrecognizable. Agamemnon is so egocentric that he is unaware, and isn't acting in accordance of a person in power. Agamemnon is too much he sacrifices his daughter and it sets off his wife. Separation of the power and the people. Casandra has a fixation with the gods, she is like a fortune teller she knows what’s going to happen but know won believes her.