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Compare and contrast the female roles in the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. Give specific examples to illustrate your answer.

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I choose three main female roles from three plays respectively: Clytemnestra in Aeschylus' trilogy Oresteia, Antigone in Sophocles' Antigone, and Medea in Euripides' Medea. These female roles have comparable similarities and differences. On the one hand, in terms of their similarities, their intention and doings are heart-shocking and obviously against the values of patriarchal societies or national laws. ...read more.


On the other hand, their own individual femininities drive them to act, leading them to different results. Out of maternity, Clytemnestra murders her husband for the death of their poor daughter Iphigenia, but ironically her retribution is being killed by her son Orestes. Out of loyalty to her family based on blood relationship, after acknowledging her act, Antigone is punished to be buried alive. ...read more.


In sum, these three female roles have their personal features which are always discussable for us. They use disparate ways to oppose the human laws or the concept of patriarchal societies. Clytemnestra's deeds are retributive and unacceptable to the Mycenaeans. Antigone's determination to bury Polynices arising from a desire to honor her family is worth acclaiming, but her eventuality is lamentable due to her defiance of man-made laws. Although Medea's revenge is for herself as a women treated wrongly, her doings are cruel and extreme. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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