Short Essay Questions Key
1. What is the Watchman's duty at the beginning of "The Agamemnon"?
The Watchman is supposed to stay on the roof at night to keep watch for a bonfire. The bonfire is a signal that Agamemnon is on his way home from Troy, a sign that the war is over.
2. What feelings does the Watchman have while on the roof in the beginning of the play?
The Watchman muses about his feelings on Mycenae and Clytemnestra, whom he comments has unusual strength of will. For all that, he has no reason to fear, the Watchman is struck by a strange feeling of doom, as if events were about to spiral out of control.
3. Why did Agamemnon go to Troy?
Agamemnon went to Troy to make war upon the Trojans. Although tensions had been building for years, the final straw is when the Trojan prince, Paris, steals away Helen, the wife of Menelaus. Menelaus is Agamemnon's brother and, therefore, Agamemnon is honor-bound to go to war.
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