Aegisthus


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Aegisthus

(ējĭs`thəs), in Greek mythology, according to most legends the incestuous offspring of Thyestes and his daughter Pelopia. At Thyestes' behest Aegisthus revenged the murder of his brothers by killing his uncle AtreusAtreus
, in Greek mythology, the son of Pelops and the father of Agamemnon and Menelaus. He vied with his brother Thyestes for the throne of Mycenae. When Thyestes seduced Atreus' wife, Aerope, in order to attain the golden ram whose possession signified kingship, Atreus, in
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. Later, he was known as the lover of Clytemnestra and aided her in the murdering of her husband, Agamemnon. He was killed in revenge by Clytemnestra's son, Orestes.
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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.
Meanwhile Aegisthus 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.