Orestes -...

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Orestes, Electra, and the chorus chant responsively a lyrical lament on the death of Agamemnon. As  they describe his greatness in life, the injustice of his murder, and the humiliations his corpse and  children were made to suffer at the hands of his murderers, they work themselves into a savage  frenzy of rage and vengefulness. The meaning of this long, three-sided, lyrical passage has been debated by critics. It seems to serve  several functions, all aimed at creating an atmosphere in which the murder of Clytaemestra is  dramatically and psychologically convincing. To some extent, the scene is a mystical invocation of  the spirit of Agamemnon to aid in the plot for revenge, and, at the same time, a substitute for the  funeral obsequies his body never received. It is also an emotional preparation of Orestes for the  murder of Clytaemestra. He is already determined to kill her because of the oracle, but the detailed  account of Agamemnon's death and mutilation show him the full magnitude of the crime he is 
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This note was uploaded on 11/23/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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