October 15- Aeschylus, The Libation Bearers

October 15- Aeschylus, The Libation Bearers - -Orestes...

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October 15, 2007 Aeschylus, The Libation Bearers Continuity in Imagery and Theme In terms of plot, a fairly static play (appropriate for middle play of trilogy): - Recognition scene between Electra and Orestes (166-234) - Murder of Aegisthus and Clytemnestra (838-930) - Cliffhanger ending (1021-76) Woven things - The robe used to trap Agamemnon Animals: snakes - Orestes as a snake: Clytemnestra’s dream and its meaning (526-50); Clytemnestra’s last line (928) - Clytemnestra as a snake: Orestes (247-48, 994-95), chorus (1047) Which one is actually the snake? In what context are snakes next mentioned? The Furies: an image from Agamemnon that becomes more concrete by the end of The Libation Bearers - Apollo’s oracle to Orestes: 269-97; cf. 577-78, 646-51
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Unformatted text preview: -Orestes vision of the Furies at the end of the play: 1048-62 Vengeance and Justice: Prayer of Electra (123-51) Orestes, Electra, and the Chorus consistently equate Orestes Apollos oracle to Orestes (269-297): the Furies will haunt Orestes if he does not avenge his fathers murder Problem? To avenge his father, he must murder his mother. What about the Furies then? Orestes to Chorus: But do not envy me, I have won a tainted victory (1017; cf. 1021-43) If justice is vengeance, can there ever be any resolution? The Libation Bearers suggests that there cannot.-Chorus at close of play: When will it end? When will it be calm? When will it sleep, this fury, this Ruin? (1074-75)...
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