Why is it significant that the play takes place after the invasion of Troy?
The monumental, dramatic timing of the opening of the play, given as "directly after the fall of Troy," cannot be ignored. We are on the heels of one of the greatest wars in western history—and, without a doubt, the greatest in classical antiquity. The Watchman can be thought of as representing all those citizens and members of Agamemnon's court who yearn for the return of their estranged king and their countrymen.
In his soliloquy, the repetition of words related to restlessness, sleeplessness, tired vigilance, and disquiet establishes the mood in Argos. It is one of grieving and longing....
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