A brief review of the story orestes

Electra summary

Then Orestes, still maddened by the Furies, awakes. He already feels Erin approaching. Why they haven't show up around here before now is anybody's guess. Clytemnestra shouts that the fate predestined her to kill her husband, Orestes responds that his fate predestined him to kill her. People disappear. Atreus, Agamemnon's father, brutally fought for power with his brother Thyestes. He explains that the disappeared Helen has been placed among the stars, that Menelaus must go back to his home in Sparta and that Orestes must go on to Athens to stand judgment at the Areopagus court there, where he will be acquitted.

And he hears an unexpected response: on the stage appears the captive of Agamemnon, the Trojan princess Cassandra, loved by Apollo who gave her the gift of prophecy, but she rejected Apollo, and he did so that no one believed her prophecies. Soothsayers said that two kings would take Troy, full of treasures, but they could not escape the wrath of the goddess Artemis, the patroness of pregnant women and mothers.

A brief review of the story orestes

Electra says she does not want to be like her mother and wants her brother Orestes to come back and revenge for their father. Well, they're happy at least. Finally, Apollo tells the mortals to go and rejoice in Peace, most honored and favored of the gods. Despite Apollo's earlier prophecy, Orestes finds himself tormented by Erinyes or Furies to the blood guilt stemming from his matricide. When his friend Leander returns he wants to kill Clytemnestra himself. Orestes says that his mother was a husband-killer and that he was ordered to do it by Apollo. The political assembly at Argos is portrayed as a violent mob, which Menelaus likens to an unquenchable fire. He leans over the tomb of Agamemnon and puts as a sign of his loyalty a lock of his hair.

He already feels Erin approaching. Electra does not know what to think, and then enters Orestes. The opening monologue by Clytemnestra is the least successful.

orestes summary

Before you know it, Clytemnestra is dead as doornail. Detailed Summary Electra is a seriously disgruntled teenager. Athenian elders come out; Athena follows them, in front of them - on the one hand are Erins, on the other - Orestes and his mentor Apollo. The ending of House of Names works a similar transformation of the notoriously unsettling conclusion to the Oresteia.

Counted: votes are equally divided. And they rush off to Athens: Erin to kill Orestes, Apollo to save him. But after she traps him in a web of fabric to kill him offstage, those cloths seem as it were to enter the fabric of the verse: the language of the plays is full of nets and snares and weaving.

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