October 20, 2004

Feminine in Greek Ts

'functionally women are never an end for themselves' Zeitlin 1996:347 "these highly visible, powerful female figures constantly function as catalysts for the action, helpers and adversaries of the often weaker males. 'even when female characters struggle with the conflicts with the generated by the particulars of their subordinate social position, their demans for identity and self esteem are still designed primarily for exploring the male project of selfhood in the larger world.

'women are thus abmonished to stay in their proper place within their house (Foley 1981: 135)

In Agamemnom, the queen Clytaemnestra exerts a huge strength of will to manipulate the king to walk on the tapestries- mark him as effeminate and barbarian. The king refers to his wife, aftre hearing her thoughts baout the battle of troy- "Woman, you speak in a well- ordered way, like a wise man." Sense of having the qualities of a shrewd political negotiator.

New emphasis on the personal, which we postulated as a necessary consequence of changing politcal structures and a possible cause for relative freedoms accorded to women- new interest: the every day, focus on romantic love. Far from being mutual feeling between equals- portrayed generally as a medium through which eroic impulses could be played out, resulting in rape….

exploration of the darker side to the female sexuality"violent rage and a desire for revenge" this is evident in clytaemnestra


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