Medea and Clytemnestra are both wronged women who carry out acts of brutal revenge. The differences between the two women lie in their responses to their respective situations. Although both seek justice for the wrongs done to them, the way they go about it is radically different, reflecting a slight divergence in the nature of the original acts of injustice inflicted upon them.
Clytemnestra's loathing of her husband, Agamemnon, is of a long-standing nature. She hates him for sacrificing their daughter, Iphigenia, to Artemis to enable the Achaean ships to sail to Troy. Although Clytemnestra's thirst for vengeance is perfectly understandable, it should be noted that, though undoubtedly cruel by modern standards, Agamemnon's sacrifice was considered perfectly conventional at the time. In sacrificing the life of his own daughter to appease the wrath of the gods, Agamemnon was simply displaying the kind of piety expected of someone in his position.
Medea's case, however, is somewhat...
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