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by Aeschylus

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In the immediate aftermath of the fall of Troy, the play opens at King Agamemnon's palace in Argos with the lonely Watchman's soliloquy. From the roof of the palace, the Watchman begs the gods for respite from his interminable watch. The stars, his sole, plentiful and steadfast, companions seem to him like so many "dynasties" revolving in endless cycles, waxing and waning, moving out of winter into summer and back again. What he wishes, in short, is rest.

He relates how he has been obliged by the queen to keep watch for a fire. Further he cannot sleep for restless fear. In his musings he hints of a great bygone woe, "the pity of this house," which he hopes will soon be redeemed. The flames, he says, would presage positively. Far off in the…

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Compare Agamemnon, Hamlet and The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

I have to chose an element that I notice in these texts and explain the similarities and differences as I compare the development in each work of my chosen element

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What is the story like from the eyes of any character involved with the trial?

Basically, how does a specific character (choose any specific one) view the trial and the outcome?

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