She has convened a meeting of women from various city states in Greece and, with support from the Spartan Lampito, she explains to the other women her plan: The women are dubious and reluctant at first, but the deal is sealed with a long and solemn oath around a wine bowl, and the women agree to abjure all sexual pleasures, including various specifically mentioned sexual positions.
Together, the two gods discuss ways to punish the Greeks, and conspire to destroy the home-going Greek ships in revenge. As the dawn comes, the dethroned Trojan queen Hecuba awakens in the Greek camp to mourn her tragic fate and curse Helen as the cause, and the Chorus of captive Trojan women echoes her cries.
The Greek herald Talthybius arrives to tell Hecuba what will befall her and her children: Hecuba herself is to be taken away as a slave of the hated Greek general Odysseusand her daughter Cassandra is to become the conquering general Agamemnon 's concubine.
Cassandra who has been driven partially mad due to a curse under which she can see the future but will never be believed when she warns othersappears morbidly pleased with this news as she foresees that, when they arrive in Argos, her new master's embittered wife Clytemnestra will kill both her and Agamemnonalthough because of the curse no-one understands this response, and Cassandra is carried away to her fate.
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Andromache 's own lot is to become the concubine of Achilles ' son, Neoptolemusand Hecuba counsels her to honour her new lord in the hope that she may be permitted to rear Astyanax as a future saviour of Troy.
However, as though to crush these pitiful hopes, Talthybius arrives and reluctantly informs her that Astyanax has been condemned to be thrown from the battlements of Troy to his death, rather than risk the boy growing up to avenge his father, Hector.
He warns further that if Andromache tries to cast a curse on the Greek ships, then the baby will be allowed no burial. Andromachecursing Helen for causing the war in the first place, is taken away to the Greek ships, while a soldier bears the child away to his death.
The Spartan king Menelaus enters and protests to the women that he came to Troy to revenge himself on Paris and not to take back Helenbut Helen is nevertheless to return to Greece where a death sentence awaits her.
Helen is brought before him, still beautiful and alluring after all that has happened, and she begs Menelaus to spare her life, claiming that she was bewitched by the goddess Cypris and that she did attempt to return to Menelaus after the spell was broken.
Hecuba scorns her unlikely story, and warns Menelaus that she will betray him again is she is allowed to live, but he remains implacable, merely ensuring that she travel back on a ship other than his own. Towards the end of the play, Talthybius returns, bearing with him the body of little Astyanax on Hector 's great bronze shield.
Andromache had wished to bury her child herself, performing the proper rituals according to Trojan ways, but her ship has already departed, and it falls to Hecuba to prepare the body of her grandson for burial.
As the play closes and flames rise from the ruins of Troy, Hecuba makes a last desperate attempt to kill herself in the fire, but is restrained by the soldiers. She and the remaining Trojan women are taken off to the ships of their Greek conquerors. Although in technical terms it is perhaps not a great play - it has little developing plot, little construction or action and little relief or variety in tone - its message is timeless and universal.
In contrast, the women of Troy, notably Hecubaappear to shoulder their burdens with nobility and decency. Led by the circumstances they find themselves in, the Trojan women, Hecuba in particular, repeatedly question their faith in the traditional pantheon of gods and their dependence on them, and the futility of expecting wisdom and justice from the gods is expressed again and again.
The gods are portrayed in the play as jealous, head-strong and capricious, which would have greatly disturbed the more politically conservative contemporaries of Euripidesand it is perhaps no surprise that the play did not win in the Dionysia dramatic competition, despite its obvious quality.
The main Trojan women around whom the play revolves are deliberately portrayed as very unlike each other: Each of the women is granted a dramatic and spectacular entrance into the play, and each reacts to the tragic circumstances in her own individual way.
The other less grand but equally pitiful women of the Chorus also have their say and, in calling attention to the grief of the ordinary women of Troy, Euripides reminds us that the grand ladies of the court are now just as much slaves are they are, and that their sorrows are actually very similar in nature.
Of the two male characters in the play, Menelaus is portrayed as weak and officious, while the Greek herald Talthybius is represented as a sensitive and decent man caught up in a world of depravity and grief, a much more complex character than the usual anonymous herald of Greek tragedy, and the only Greek in the whole play who is presented with any positive attributes at all.
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