Ajax - Part 5 Summary & Analysis

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Part 5 Summary

Menelaus tells Teucer to leave Ajax's body where it is, explaining that Ajax betrayed the Greek army by plotting against Menelaus and Agamemnon; therefore, has Ajax has earned the dishonor of not being buried. Menelaus comments at length upon how rules and order must be obeyed, warning Teucer that if he disobeys, he too will need a grave. Teucer speaks at length about how much Ajax did for the Greek army, reminding Menelaus that Ajax joined the war against Troy to honor Ajax' oath of loyalty to Agamemnon, not because he owed anything to Menelaus. Teucer then vows to give Ajax an appropriate burial, which leads to an argument with Menelaus that concludes with each man quoting prophecies supporting his position. Menelaus leaves, saying he doesn't have to argue when he has the right to command.

The Chorus urges Teucer to quickly prepare a grave before Menelaus...

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