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Lecture 24

ENGL 103W Lecture Notes - Lecture 24: Clytemnestra, Oresteia, Sophocles

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Torsten Kehler

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The Oresteia
By Aeschylus
Main Characters:
o Oedipus
o Clytemnestra
o Cassandra
o Iphigenia
Plot Overview
o Agamemnon sacrifices his daughter in order to go to war in Troy. he brings back
a princess. Clytemnestra is salty and murders both Oedipus and
Cassandra. Oedipus’ son comers back to gain revenge. Kills
Clytemnestra. Furies follow him around until he gets to trial. He wins trail as
electra values males over females.
Oedipus the King
By Sophocles
Main Characters:
o Oedipus
o Jocasta
o Tiresias
Plot Overview:
o Oedipus is told when he is younger that he is destined to kill his dad and sleep
with his mom and have kids with her. To avoid doing this he ran away. While
running away he killed what he thought wa a stranger but turned out to be his
dad. He married Jocasta when he lived in Argos and had no idea it was his
mom. A prophet says the only wa the curse on his town would be lifted was if the
killer of the King was banished. Oedipus got a prophet to tell him who the killer
was and the prophet told Oedipus that he was the killer. Oedipus got mad and
didn’t believe him so he dug too deep and figured out Jocasta was his mom and
the king was his father. Jocasta killed herself and Oedipus stabbed his eyes out.
By Sophocles
Main Characters:
o Antigone
o Ismene
o Creon
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