• Orestes has returned to Argos
• In Agamemnon 1564: The doer must suffer
• 315: The doer must suffer
• The second part of the play shows how he enters the palace and carries out his task
• The Furies are underworld chthonic deities who are responsible for avenging murders of
members of one’s own family.
• One of the key ambiguous passages on page 59
• The Furies would have pursued Orestes whether or not he pursued Clytemnestra
• Orestes returns to Argos and he cuts off two locks of his hair and places it on the grave
• Slave women are accompanying Electra to Agamemnon’s grave so Clytemnestra thinks
this will stop her fate of dying since she is paying retribution
• Orestes sees the libation bearers and watches them in secret with his friend
• Line 22-53: the women slaves
• Electra asks the women on how to pour out the libation. The salve women tell her to
make out kind intentions for anyone who hates Aegisthus.
• The chorus furthers instructs her to make out libations for the successful killing of
Aegisthus and Clytemnestra. Their ultimate hope is vengeance.
• Electra then prays to Hermes to convey her message to the gods to the underworld.
• Chthonic deities: they are underworld deities including Demeter, Persephone, hades,
• The Furies are the female chthonic deities.
• Electra prays that