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The Libation Bearers by Aeschylus Libation  = an offering to the gods, typically involving the pouring  of wine This play picks up  and  continues  the themes presented  in the first play starting  with: dramatic tension this play opens up with Orestes slinking around mumbling about how much he wants revenge and shortly into the play he and Electra are reunited because he’s been gone. (Klytemnestra sent Orestes off when he was a kid) Right from the start they both immediately dislike their mother and her death is going to be the next one to come (after Agamemnons death). yoke/net/robe this play also develops her use of imagery of yoke/net/robe and on the imagery of Agamemnon involving this things, strict movement of entrapment, marked the move of the Trojans. This also kind of imagery marked also the impending death of Agamemnon (murdered with a robe over him), the death of Iphigenia precedes all of these who also was sacrificed with a robe around her. This play is retrospective, in line 998 we are reminded of this role in the preceding play of this kind of thing. Orestes is talking about how his father was murdered and he says “And this thing: what shall I call it and be right, in all eloquence? Trap for an animal or winding sheet for dead man? Or bath curtain? Since it is a net, robe you could call it, to entangle a man’s feet.” Again this play is employing this imagery of the robe/net that was involved in the murder of Agamemnon. In retrospect, it’s looking back at the murder its reminding us of the terrible way he was killed. male/female in the first play it was the females against the males and in this play its mainly female against female. the male/female dichotomy is not as clean as in the other play. (you have Electra, the chorus of slave girls Orestes and Apollo who are all in favor of the execution of Klytemnestra). light/dark just/unjust improper running of oikos o continues in that we are alerted to the fact that 1) Klytemnestra got rid of her own son 2) mistreats Electra and the chorus of slave girls and 3) in line 101 Electra is
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speaking to the chorus “We hold a common hatred in this house. Do not for fear of any, hide your thought inside your heart.” she is saying to the chorus don’t be afraid to speak your mind about my mother but the point is they are afraid. dog imagery o In the previous play: Klytemnestra is called a bitch, but she characterizes herself as a faithful watchdog licking the hand of his master. In this play Electra is saying that her mother has treated her like a dog “Meanwhile I stood apart, dishonored, nothing worth, in the dark corner, as you would kennel a vicious dog.” improper exercise of political power o in the citizens of this city are dishonored by Klytemnestra as well. This comes up in line 54 and following. The chorus says, “The pride not to we warred, fought with, not be beaten down of old, sounded in all men’s ears, in all hearts sounded,
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course CLAS 1110 taught by Professor Stevens,be during the Spring '08 term at Colorado.

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