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Questions and Discussion Topics:
Aeschylus’ Agamemnon

The Agamemnon establishes the basic patterns of imagery and themes for the Oresteia trilogy:

Patterns of Imagery: How do these advance the plot and contribute to the meaning of all the plays in the trilogy? What happens to these imagistic patterns in the final play of the trilogy?

II. Themes: How are these developed throughout the trilogy; how are they resolved in the final play? How are they related to the patterns of imagery?

What is the function of the chorus in the Agamemnon? Why is it so prominent? What is the primary function of Cassandra and how is her role similar to that of the chorus?

September, 1999
Barbara F. McManus
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