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    Oresteia by Aeschylus and Gender Dynamics

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    In six pages this paper discusses gender dynamics throughout history and whether or not any conclusions can be drawn with references made to Aeschylus's Oresteia. Six sources are cited in the bibliography.

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    lists 6 sources. BBgendyn.doc GENDER DYNAMICS in AESCHYLUS ORESTEIA Written by B. Bryan Babcock for the Paperstore, Inc., March 2001 Introduction Sherman (1997) relates that according  to Nicole Loraux, in her book, Children of Athena: Athenian Ideas about Citizenship and the Division between the Sexes, the Athenian woman "did not exist" for there was no place  provided for her in the political system. We do not read of "citizen-ess." Rather the protector of the City, Athena is "a goddess without a mother, who refuses  marriage and maternity for herself but presides over the vitality of those institutions in the city (10). It was the "Warrior Goddess job" to protect the city, which allowed  men to "be out and about." If this thought by Loraux is anywhere near accurate a definite gender dynamic is put into place with the beginning of the city itself.  Notice also the subtle slanting of gender perceptions within the play, as, the male eagle Agamemnon is depicted as providing "prey" (the spoils of war from Troy) to fledgling chicks,  an activity normally associated with females (lines 246-250). Clytemnestras dominance Homer pictured Clytemnestra as a weak woman who gave in to a suitors advances. Yet from history  and Aeschylus, we have a much stronger sense of this woman. She was the daughter of a king that Agamemnon had visited in earlier travels. So enchanted was she  to this new person in her fathers court; that she made advances to him, and in fact left with the ship when he sailed. These were hardly, the actions  of a weak person. She is away when Agamemnon sails for Troy, so she does not immediately know that he has sacrificed their daughter Iphigenia in order to have good 

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