An Oresteia: Agamemnon by Aiskhylos; Elektra by Sophokles; by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides

By Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides

In An Oresteia, the classicist Anne Carson combines 3 diversified types of the tragedy of the home of Atreus ― A iskhylos' Agamemnon, Sophokles' Elektra and Euripides' Orestes. After the homicide of her daughter Iphigeneia by way of her husband, Agamemnon, Klytaimestra exacts a mother's revenge, murdering Agamemnon and his mistress, Kassandra. Displeased with Klytaimestra's activities, Apollo calls on her son, Orestes, to avenge his father's loss of life with assistance from his sister Elektra. after all, Orestes is pushed mad via the Furies for his bloody betrayal of kinfolk. Condemned to loss of life via the folks of Argos, he and Elektra needs to justify their activities ― or flout society, justice and the gods.

Carson's translation combines modern language with the conventional constructions and rhetoric of Greek tragedy, starting up this historical story of vengeance to a contemporary viewers and revealing the fundamental wit and morbidity of the unique performs.

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Although these plays were written hundreds of years ago, their plots and characters still amuse us, sadden us, call us to arms, inspire us, and make us think. Their ability to affect us in meaningful ways is what makes them art. This production of Othello featured Keith David as Othello and Kate Forbes as Desdemona; it was directed by Doug Hughes at The Public Theater, New York, 2001. Life is very nice, but it lacks form. It’s the aim of art to give it some. Jean Anouilh, Playwright The world of the theatre is a world of sharper, clearer, swifter impressions than the world we live in.

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