The Plot of Aeschylus

The six components consist of plot, character, diction/language, thoughts/Ethernet, spectacle, and lyric/song_ chose o relate Aristotle view of a tragedy to Aeschylus Agamemnon plot component due to the fact that Aristotle believes to be the most important. A well rounded plot requires an insightful beginning which doesn’t reflect on any previous action; a middle, that follows the beginning with a climax; and an end that follows chronologically from the beginning of the narrative, to the end, to illustrate the true meaning Of the Story.

As mentioned before, Aristotle states, “A beginning is that which does not have o follow anything else, but after Which something else naturally takes place’ (1230 Aristotle). In Aeschylus story of Agamemnon, the beginning begins With a watchman on duty on the roof Of a palace in Argos, waiting for a signal announcing the fall of the Trojan army.

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When giving the signal, he immediately announces it to the Queen of Argos Clytemnestra, as known as Agamemnon wife, to seek approval to retreat from the war. When the watchman leaves the presence of Clytemnestra, the Chorus made up of old men, enters and begin to eminence about the story of The Iliad. They state that the war began a long time ago and lasted for approximately ten years.

The Chorus translates how Clytemnestra husband Agamemnon, also known as Menelaus’ brother, sacrificed their daughter Phasing to Artemisia (God of Wilderness) to obtain an alliance with the Greeks, When Clytemnestra hears this tragic story about her daughter, she franticly begins sacrificing animals, in order to give thanks to the gods for ending the war, At first, the city of Argos, does not believe that the war as come to an end but then a herald appears and clarifies the Greeks victory.

Clytemnestra then tells the herald to send Agamemnon home as soon as possible and as she is doing so, the Chorus asks him about the news of Menelaus. The herald states that he did not make it back because of the hazardous storm. The beginning Of Agamemnon, according to Aristotle, would create excellent use of tragic imitation and dramatic irony. Tragic imitation implies the actions of one person Who portray distinct qualities. Dramatic irony is letting the audience now something with out telling them exactly word for word what is going to happen, in Other words foreshadowing an event.

Aeschylus displays tragic imitation by Clytemnestra sacrificing animals due to the victorious win over the Trojan. However, she knows this will upset Artemisia because he rules over the animals. The dramatic irony created in the beginning would be the Menelaus not returning home from the war because of the terrible storm. This scene allows the reader to realize there are more horrifying events to come which resembles the death of Agamemnon.

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