The Flies | Study Guide

Jean-Paul Sartre

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Jean-Paul Sartre

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Allegory, Mythology, Philosophy

About the Title

The title The Flies (Les Mouches) refers to the plague of flies that the gods have sent to punish Argos for the citizens' complicity in the murder of King Agamemnon. Even within the play, the character Zeus says they are a symbol representing the torture of guilt the populace voluntarily undergoes. The flies are also associated with the Furies, the mythological beings who punish evil-doers. When Orestes murders Aegistheus, who murdered Orestes's father, his final words include the admonition "beware of the flies."


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