Tragedy Themes/Ideas

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Some themes that could be involved in four Greek tragedies

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Tragedy Themes/Ideas
1 Medea
1.1 Women, femininity & the position of women
1.1.1 Masculine vs feminine qualities
1.1.1.1 Medea can speak in rhetorics, and only men should be able to do that
1.2 Revenge
1.3 Greatness & pride
1.4 Betrayal
1.5 Exile
1.6 The "Other"
1.7 Love
1.7.1 Free will vs. fate
1.8 Cleverness
1.9 Manipulation
1.10 Right vs Wrong
1.11 Accusations and oath breaking
1.11.1 Connected to Themis
1.11.1.1 Behaviour regulated by sanctions
1.11.1.2 Verbal contracts
1.12 The family breakdown
1.12.1 The household safe
1.12.2 Family honour
1.12.3 Heritage
1.12.4 Murdering own family members is horrific
2 Ajax
2.1 Pride and conceit
2.2 Intelligence more important than brute force
2.3 Anger and hatred
2.4 Effects of war
2.5 Limits of loyalty
2.6 Personal honour vs group honour
2.7 Models of masculinity
2.8 Relation to Dionysos
2.9 Role of Tecmessa
2.10 Ajax's sanity
2.11 Friends vs enemies
3 Trojan Women
3.1 Effects of war (women, children, innocents)
3.2 Importance of male bloodline
3.3 Fatal heritage
3.4 Burial rites
3.5 Role of women
3.6 Role of gods
3.7 Man responsible for his own actions
3.8 Honour and dignity
3.9 The horrors of war
3.10 Dread
3.11 Hope
3.12 Revenge
4 Agamemnon
4.1 Naturalistic symbolism
4.2 Womanliness & manliness
4.2.1 Male vs female
4.3 Character foiling and doubling
4.4 Fire & sunrise (divine and mortal)
4.5 Women as "promiscuous"
4.6 Premature death
4.7 Ambition and daring
4.8 Divine vs human justice
4.8.1 Justice vs Revenge
4.9 Beast symbolism
4.10 Corruption & purity (healing)
4.11 Light v. Dark
4.12 Freedom vs Slavery
4.13 Man must suffer to be wise
4.14 Free will vs Fate/Necessity
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