Agamemnon Vs. The Clouds Essay examples

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Despite their different genre, Agamemnon and The Clouds present contrasting images on the place of individuals in their families. While the tone of Agamemnon creates a more serious picture than the comical atmosphere of The Clouds, the relationships are based on the same precepts and share several aspects. Images of the gods, their prophetic messages, and their execution of justice massively influence the images of relationships while love and memory more directly affect the actions of individuals.

Similarities in the presentations of the relationships are easily noticed. Both families express love for their constituents in varying forms. Strepsiades, though angry at his current predicament, spoiled his son, giving
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The dependency of Strepsiades upon Pheideppides and vice versa maintains their rocky relationship. Despite their hateful words, Strepsiades needs his son to defend him against the debtors and Pheideppides needs his father to nourish himself and his habits. Agamemnon expresses the complete opposite relationship. Agamemnon is no longer desirable or needed by Clytemnestra. Therefore, upon his return, the king is disposed of.

Reoccurring motifs and themes play important roles in the execution of relationships in both works. Justice surfaces several times in The Clouds and strongly shapes the connection between Strepsiades and Pheideppides. Before he enters the Thinkery, Strepsiades has some understanding of justice, explaining it as "Zeus...blasting the liars with bolts of lighting." (Clouds pg 53) It becomes obvious latter that Strepsiades has no respect for truth and justice though. This lack of respect for justice influences the bond between father and son. "But remember, Sokrates: I want to him [Pheideppides] able to make an utter mockery of the truth." (Clouds pg 90) Love counteracts justice in strengthening the bonds between Strepsiades and Pheideppides. Both characters express open love for each other. When questioned if he loved his father, Pheideppides responded "Sure, dad. I swear it. So help me Poseidon." (Clouds pg 27) Strepsiades, when asked

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