Mitros' family pays for its scion's nerve in resisting Agamemnon and Clytemnestra
: the family is murdered and the "house reduced to rubble" (173)--a disproportionate retribution that sounds like the fate of Palestinians who fly kites and draw Israeli air strikes.
conjugal fidelity ([phrase omitted]; see 606-7, where Clytemnestra
One had the idea to switch the ending of the play from Clytemnestra
restoring justice and order to Greek society to her essentially telling the other characters that it's on them to fix it themselves.
The other female character is, of course, Clytemnestra
who, while unrepentant for the killing of her husband, is herself a strong woman as the antagonist to Elektra, likewise bending gender stereotypes in her "masculine" exercise of power and authority.
The second play shows the fallout for Electra and Orestes, Clytemnestra
's two surviving children.
In the final scene of Euripides's Electra, the violence precipitated by Apollo's injunction comes in for strongly accusatory language from Castor, Clytemnestra
's sibling and one of the dei ex machina (Pollux is present but silent) that draw the drama to a close.
The words are doubly ironic in the ears of listeners who knew he would return to be murdered by Clytemnestra
in Aeschylus's Oresteia.
Coincidentally, Beltran won third place in the 2009 Clytemnestra
ReMash Challenge organized by the Martha Graham Dance Company.
Although Gluck never intended the operas to be performed in sequence, the idea of doing so is defensible since the stories are related (based on tragedies by Euripides, both deal with painful and cruel sacrifice) and feature the same title character from Greek mythology--daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra
, sister of Orestes and Elektra.
Hugo von Hofinannsthal's text is a tale of revenge, a retelling of the ancient Orestes legend that focuses on Orestes' sister Electra and the twisted and ultimately fatal family romance that arises out of the murder of their father King Agamemnon by their mother Clytemnestra
and her lover Aegisthus.
AS AN actor, Matthew Bulgo has carved out a successful career on the stage in classics such as Under Milk Wood and A Christmas Carol as well as contemporary pieces like Gwyneth Lewis' Clytemnestra
If doubling shapes the relationship that unfolds between Alma and Elisabet in Persona, there is also a duality within Elisabet that matches her simultaneous relationship to the two key female figures of the plays entitled Electra: Electra herself and Clytemnestra
. In order to determine the nature of that relationship, however, one must ask first whether one or the other of the leading extant versions of Electra is more relevant: that of Sophocles or Euripides?