But according to some later versions of the book, Clytemnestra herself does the killing, or they do it together. Agamemnon inherited the role of king from his father, and his community expects him, as king to stabilize society, arbitrate disputes, and call council meetings and assemblies. He is also commander-in-chief of the armies. 80th Odysseus and Old Nester (tint Of his commanders) attempt to maintain Agamemnon authority because they recognize that supporting Agamemnon is the only way to ensure an effective and meaningful policy Of order. Agamemnon is, after all, the king and their leader.
Yet despite that Agamemnon is king and has enormous power and social position, he is not necessarily the best qualified for the role. In Homer’s Iliad, old Nester frequently advises Agamemnon because Agamemnon needs counsel. Almost immediately, the reader sees that Agamemnon often allows his over-wrought emotions to govern major, critical decisions. Nester advises Agamemnon against taking Bruises from Achilles, but Agamemnon doesn’t listen, thereby setting up a chain to events those results in the deaths of hundreds of Achaean soldiers, Perhaps it would be true to say that Agamemnon is trapped within a role greater Han his ability.
While there are serious failures in Agamemnon character he does show great devotion to and concern for his brother, Menelaus_ Vet Agamemnon is extremely conscious that the structure of his society rests upon the return of Helen to his brother. He is totally aware of the critical importance of family order in his society and that Helen must be returned by any means necessary if his society is to remain strong and cohesive. What is clear from Homers representation of Agamemnon is that he is a deeply flawed character.
One Of his greatest faults is his inability to realize that as a king e must not succumb to his own desires and emotions. He refuses to accept that the position Of authority that he finds himself in demands responsibility and that his personal whims and desires should be secondary to the needs of his community. Agamemnon is weak; he vacillates. During periods of depression and discouragement, he makes wrong decisions, and he is sometimes unfair. Even though Agamemnon is a highly accomplished warrior, as a king he often exhibits, contrary to the ideal of kingship: stubbornness, cowardice and at certain times even immaturity.
The epic itself presents the character to Agamemnon as a hereafter who is righteous in a sense, but very flawed morally, Eventually, Agamemnon learns to listen to the counsel of old Nester, Odysseus, and Doomed, but it seems clear that his emotional makeup and inability to judge do not fully qualify him for kingship. Even after he finally admits to his madness in dealing with Achilles and attempts to reverse the error with gifts and the return of Bruises, he only insults Achilles. When his courage flags and he becomes depressed, he wants to abandon the Trojan War altogether.
In Aeschylus Agamemnon, the character of Agamemnon has been portrayed as tragic hero. Our earliest picture Of Agamemnon comes in the Watchman’s speech that opens the play. The Watchman tells us that Agamemnon has been gone for ten years fighting against the Trojan; when he complains that the household is not managed as well as it used to be, and says he cannot wait to shake his master’s hand again, this tells us that Agamemnon must be a pretty competent king. Our picture of Agamemnon becomes more complicated during the first song of the Chorus.
The Chorus starts by saying that Agamemnon and Menelaus were just in making war against the Trojan; in fact, they explicitly say that Agamemnon was sent by Zeus. But things get complicated when bad winds keep the Greek fleet at Allis, and Agamemnon learns from the soothsayer Clash that the goddess Artemisia wants him to sacrifice his daughter, Phasing. He agrees to do that and kills his own daughter. The sacrifice of Phasing is a complicated issue, It is clear that Agamemnon was in an unenviable position before sailing to Troy.
In order to have his revenge for Paris’ crime, and in order to aid his brother he must commit a further, perhaps worse crime. Phasing, Agamemnon daughter has to be sacrificed so that the battle fleet of the Greek forces can avenge the reckless actions of Paris and Helen. In this context, the act of sacrificing one’s kin for the sake of the state could indeed be deemed a righteous act. Agamemnon decision to sacrifice his daughter could be deemed a logical decision, especially since the sacrifice was for the sack of Troy and the victory of the Greek army.
Despite this apparent justification, perhaps Agamemnon sacrifice of his daughter was a flawed and wrong action. One could argue that he sacrifices his daughter on the altar of his own ambition. What is clear, however, is Agamemnon is responsible for the blood that he has spilled and that his drive and ambition, which can be witnessed in Homer, does seem to have been a factor in the sacrifice. Despite the ill-fated decisions of Agamemnon driving ambition, he is depicted by the chorus as virtuous nonetheless.
The chorus presents Agamemnon as a moral character, a man who faced the dilemma to whether or not to kill his own daughter for the good of the state. Agamemnon fought the city of Troy for the sake of virtue and for the state; therefore he has to be a virtuous character. In spite of the virtuous and honorable picture that the chorus presents of Agamemnon, it is not long before we see that Agamemnon is flawed yet gain. When Agamemnon makes his victorious return from Troy he proudly parades Cassandra, his mistress, before his fife and the chorus.
Agamemnon is represented as a man vivo is extremely arrogant and disrespectful to his wife, of whose infidelity he must be ignorant. Agamemnon speaks to his Wife disrespectfully and with contempt. Here Agamemnon actions are dishonorable. Despite Agamemnon long absence from Argos, he does not greet his Wife With words Of delight as she does to him. Instead, he embarrasses her in front of the chorus and his new mistress, Cassandra. His language here is particularly blunt. It does seem that Agamemnon considered acting over-masculine in these opening passages.
Agamemnon presents to us another dishonorable flaw during the dialogue between himself and his wife. Although he does initially refuse to step on the carpet Clytemnestra has had prepared for him, she cunningly induces him to do so, thereby coercing him to go against his principles. This is a key scene in the play because originally Agamemnon refuses to walk the carpet because he does not want to be hailed as a god. Clytemnestra finally convinces thanks to her linguistic manipulation Agamemnon to walk on the carpet, Because fifths
Agamemnon defies his principles and transgresses from just being an arrogant king to a king suffering from hubris. As the ruler of all of Argos and husband to the duplicitous Clytemnestra, Agamemnon is highly a complicated character and it is very difficult to distinguish whether he is virtuous or immoral. There are many multi-facets of Agamemnon as a character. At times he is depicted as being very moral, and at other times, completely immoral Although his presence in the play is very brief, his actions are the roots and the reasons for much of the conflict in all three plays Of the trilogy.