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although the Chorus does seem sympathetic: “We believe you. Your visions seem so true” (1219). However, when she reveals the murder of Agamemnon, the Chorus look upon her as a blabbering nutcase. As if to humor her, they ask her what man could do such a horrible crime, and Cassandra gives a frustrated response: “Man?/You are lost, to every word I’ve said” (1264-1265). Seeing her attempts of searching for help are futile, Cassandra walks into the house, fully knowing what is to come of her. Moments pass until dying screams are heard, and the Chorus seems stunned, when Cassandra told them her prophecy a short time ago. All in all, the Chorus seems to ignore what the women in the story have to say, simply because they are women, unfortunately, they do suffer the outcome in

the end. Throughout Agamemnon, there are attempts made by the women to be heard, and each time, they get rejected. Based upon the time period, it is customary for the woman to be obedient and silent, ignorant to the world outside the household. So, when a powerful aggressive woman like Klytaimestra tries to gain their attention, the men assume that it is not important. After all, what could a woman possibly know about war and justice? It seems as if the only time a man will listen is if their ego is being stroked, for example, when Klytaimestra convinces Agamemnon to step onto the red tapestry.