Why are you crying, Iphigenia? Why do you not look at me? Why do your eyes search the ground? Why is there terror in your face?
Iphigenia, come! Your father wills you to come. Bring Orestes with you.
What a vile question you ask.
Agamemnon, my husband and King, answer this question with the courage of a man.
Do you intend to kill your child and mine?
My secret has been betrayed
Yes, I know all, your intention. Your refusal to answer directly the question is your confession to this horrible deed.
Answer my question!
After Clytemnestra finds with Achilles, that the king brought her and Iphigenia to sacrifice her. Agamemnon enters and asks to see Iphigenia.
You would kill your daughter to win a war? Is your only thought to lead armies and win battles? Do not commit this sin, After you sacrifice a daughter, what prayers can you speak? Do you think your other children at home will greet you with smiles when you return from battle? Speak to me! Be wise, Agamemnon. Do not force me to become a woman of evil because of what you plan to do. Be wise and repent. Do not slaughter your daughter and mine!
Clytemnestra confronts the King about the truth of why they were brought there, and to confirm if their suspicions were true.
Do not take away my life, father. The sweetness of life is too precious to me. Father, look into my eyes and see my heart. See, even little Orestes begs you to spare my life. I beseech you.
Clytemnestra is very angered after she confirms that what she though was true and Agamemnon affirms this to be true.
I love my children, but it is terrible for me to dare this thing and terrible not to dare it! It is the prophet Calchas who has decreed your death, lovely daughter, not I. The Greek army is maddened with desire to sail for Troy, and if I do not appease the goddess Artemis, the soldiers will kill us all. I do not dare change my mind. All Greece forces upon me this sacrifice of you. We are weak against this force. Oh daughter, Greece turns to you and to me for help.
Clytemnestra yells at the king because of his rash thinking and tries to convince him other wise so the life of Iphigenia can be spared.
As a servant takes away Orestes, Iphigenia pleads with her father, not to go through with the sacrifice. She tries to convince him by telling him that she wants to live and enjoy life
Agamemnon explains to Iphigenia why this decision is so hard for him to make. He talks about how the Greek army wants to set sail for troy and how if the sacrifice is not completed the impending doom will occur.