Electra stays alone to bring about the catharsis which will eventually take place through the murder of Clytemnestra and Aegisthus
Perhaps most suggestive of modern status and power is the figure of Aegisthus
, who sports the riding and hunting outfit of a British aristocrat at his country house: boots, riding crop, sport jacket, and scarf.
10) The play opens with a monologue (1-53) delivered by the impoverished Autourgos (11) with whom Aegisthus
has arranged Electra's marriage.
Elektra has long been reggarded a work steeped in lurid, eroticized violence, and this production certainly tries to move this to the fore: the palace of Agamemnon becomes a shrine to decadence, with languid and lascivious cross-dressing servants, a whip-wielding matron, Brazilian carnival dancers and a wild, nude bacchanalia, through which the usurper Aegisthus
struts, carrying a pistol and wearing a dressing gown and gaudy jewelry, like a bloated Hugh Hefner-turned mafia don.
Edith Hall 2005:60 notes that when Aegisthus
is shown as Agamemnon's murderer, he "invariably uses a sword", while Clytemnestra is usually "associated with the 'manslaying axe'" that she calls for in Libation Bearers 889.
The plot relates how Klytemnestra and Aegisthus
murdered Agamemnon on his return home from the Trojan War.
here at home plotted his evil deed.
Directly after Cassandra tells of her betrayal of Apollo, she sees Clytemnestra's betrayal of Agamemnon with Aegisthus
IF YOU can't recall the exact details of the Greek myth of Electra, let's just say that it's as cruel and bloody as the battle at Vimy Ridge: Electra's father, Agamemnon, returns home from battle, but instead of being heralded as a victor, he is greeted with an axe--murdered in his bath by his wife Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus
The stage direction seems to mean that Aegisthus
is either actually on the bed behind the curtains or behind the bed whose curtains are closed.
35) The subject emerges in Agamemnon as Aegisthus
convinces Clytemnestra that the Greek general should be deposed: he is a tyrant who, as king, cannot be constrained by law: "whate'er to others is unlawful is lawful to them alone.
The first restoration of the large Aegisthus
krater, took a 'purist' approach to replacing its missing elements (Fig.