English literature – drama / the suppliants , inphigenia at aulis

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The Suppliants by Aeschylus

  • Why have the Egyptian women (the Danaids) fled to Argos?
  • What right do the women claim for refuge in Argos?
  • What reasons does Pelasgos give to challenge the Danaids’ claim?
  • What last resort do the Danaids plan to take if the Argives refuse them refuge?
  • What is at stake for Pelasgos, and what is tragic about it?
  • What command does Danaos give his daughters near the end of the play, why?
  • What position do the Handmaidens take on the issue the Danaids’ actions? 
  • What are the major themes of the drama?


Iphigenia at Aulis by Euripides 


  • How does the play address national leaders’ reasons for going to war?
  • How does Agamemnon initially respond to the message from the Oracle of Delphi?
  • What reasons does Agamemnon give for insisting that they go through with the sacrifice of Iphigenia?
  • What is Achilles’ position on the proposed sacrifice of Iphigenia and how Agamemnon got Clytemnestra to bring her to Aulis?
  • What is Menelaus’ attitude toward the sacrifice of Iphigenia? Is he consistent? What changes for him?
  • What are Iphigenia’s contradictory responses to her planned sacrifice?
  • What is the central conflict of Iphigenia at Aulis?
  • What are the major themes of the drama?


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