The Flies | Study Guide

Jean-Paul Sartre

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Timeline of Events

  • 15 years ago

    Agamemnon returns from war and is slain by Clytemnestra and Aegistheus.

    Act 1
  • 15 years ago

    Orestes is spirited away. He is raised and educated in Athens.

    Act 1
  • Morning

    Orestes, under a false name, arrives in Argos with his tutor.

    Act 1
  • Morning

    Zeus tells Orestes to leave, but meeting Electra convinces him to stay.

    Act 1
  • Afternoon

    Aegistheus presides over a sham ceremony in which the dead torment Argos.

    Act 2, Scene 1
  • Afternoon

    Electra defies the king and the town by dancing at the ceremony.

    Act 2, Scene 1
  • Afternoon

    Aegistheus banishes Electra on pain of death, but she refuses to leave.

    Act 2, Scene 1
  • Afternoon

    Defying a sign from Zeus, Orestes resolves to kill the king and queen.

    Act 2, Scene 1
  • Evening

    Zeus tells Aegistheus to kill Orestes because Orestes knows he is free.

    Act 2, Scene 2
  • Next

    Orestes kills an unresisting Aegistheus, then leaves Electra to murder Clytemnestra.

    Act 2, Scene 2
  • Immediately afterward

    Orestes and Electra flee to the temple of Apollo.

    Act 2, Scene 2
  • Next morning

    The Furies tempt Electra to submit to their torture; she pledges herself to Zeus.

    Act 3
  • Next morning

    Orestes defies Zeus; the god can do nothing because his reign is ending.

    Act 3
  • Next morning

    Orestes announces he is king, takes the sins of Argos on himself, and leaves, pursued by the Furies.

    Act 3

Act Summaries Chart

Act Summary
Act 1 Orestes and his tutor enter a fly-covered square in Argos, where a blood-smeared statue of the god Zeus stands. They try... Read More
Act 2, Scenes 1–2 The people of Argos gather before a tunnel, blocked by a boulder, that will soon be opened to flood the city with the ... Read More
Act 3 The scene opens with Electra and Orestes asleep but clinging to the statue of Apollo for sanctuary. Meanwhile the Furies... Read More
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