Fourth Episode: Electra, Clytemnestra, and Orestes Summary and Analysis
Clytemnestra: mother of Orestes and Electra; unknowing widow of Aigisthos
Clytemnestra arrives in all her royal finery, accompanied by an entourage of Trojan women slaves. The Chorus greets her with respect, but Electra wastes little time in accusing her mother of casting her out from her home. To this Clytemnestra replies that she faults Agamemnon, who lured their daughter Iphigenia to her death at Aulis and then came home with another mistress. In clear words, she admits she killed him, and asks Electra what Agamemnon’s actions would have been if, under similar circumstances, she had killed Orestes. Believing that a killer should be executed, she took the only path...
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