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CLAS 2051
Fiona Black

Tragedy  Aeschylus- Agamemnon  Sophocles- Antigone (v. Creon)  Euripides- Medea, Alcestis (sometimes known as melodrama, because he didn't believe the story needed to end with everyone dead, lead to him being a fan favourite)  dichotomy between bad women and good woman o "good" women- support household, keep religious observance, loyal wife, diligent mother- Antigone, Alcestis o "bad" women- unfaithful to husband and household, irreligious- Clytemnestra (taints view of women, that all women are capable of killing their husbands) o some women (Medea, Helen of Troy) can fall into either category, depending on which part of the story arch is focused on, or how the story is told:  Medea- good because she protects her husband, bad because she kills his mistress and performs witchcraft (bad because she is accessing power that under the patriarchy she should not be)  Helen of Troy- in some plays, she is unfaithful to her husband while he is away, in some she is not unfaithful o Hippol
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