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Bissell Samantha Bissell Mrs. McCaughey English 2123 2 December 2014 My Cousin Socrates Setting: This scene takes place at a local court case, determining the fate of Orestes. The case to be decided was whether or not the young man should be found guilty of matricide. Orestes’ defense attorney is Socrates, a wise and notorious cross-examiner, who seeks to exploit the truth. The offense is defending the deceased, Clytemnestra. The prosecutors are a group of extreme old women who have become known by the public as the Furies, for their angry nature and acute intolerance of any disrespect to mothers around the world. Members of the jury include: Gilgamesh, a selfish man that took what he wanted; Dido, a love-struck woman with a depressed outlook on life; Athena, a scholar in everything relating to war and wisdom; and nine other men and women with professions ranging from maids to surgeons. The setting is in the courtroom, where the case is about to come in to session. Bailiff: All rise. Department Four of the Superior Court is now in session. Judge Smith is presiding. Please be seated. Judge: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Calling the case of Orestes v. the Furies. Are both sides ready? The Furies: Ready for the mothers, Your Honor. Socrates: Ready for the defense, Your Honor. (Both sides are sworn in and the opening statements begin) The Furies: (stands up to talk to address the jury) Your Honor and ladies and gentlemen of the jury: the defendant has been charged of matricide. Orestes killed his own mother in cold blood and never appreciated all that she had done for him, as well as his sisters, throughout her life. As a loving mother, Clytemnestra was heartbroken when her late, deranged husband sacrificed their beautiful daughter, Iphigenia. Out of her crime of passion, she killed her husband. Her own son then killed her, and he deserves to suffer the greatest punishment. Here the man has left a clear trail behind . His mother’s blood spilled on the ground cannot come back again . Socrates: (stands up to talk to address the jury) Your Honor and ladies and gentlemen of the jury: under our law, my client is innocent until proven guilty. In the matter of just and unjust, fair and foul, good and evil, which are the subjects of our present 1
Bissell consultation; you will hear two sides to this story. During this trial, you will hear biased information against my client, who was clearly acting out as a crime of passion. The evidence shows Clytemnestra, the defendant’s mother, was the murderer of Agamemnon, the defendant’s father. Clytemnestra began to act as a tyrant, and was neglectful to her children. The defendant quite possibly feared that his power-hungry mother might have

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