Although they only make a brief appearance in The Libation Bearers (and are only ever seen by Orestes), the Furies will become vital players within the play’s sequel, The Eumenides. Goddesses of vengeance and punishment, the Furies function as a kind of physical manifestations of Orestes’ sin of matricide against his mother Clytemnestra. Although Orestes is assured by Apollo that his murder of Clytemnestra is just and right, Orestes still has his mother’s blood on his hands. The Furies arrive to remind the audience of the reality of this terrible crime, and to punish Orestes for his actions.
The Furies Quotes in The Libation Bearers
The The Libation Bearers quotes below are all either spoken by The Furies or refer to The Furies. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Books edition of The Libation Bearers published in 1966.).
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Clytemnestra: Watch out—the hounds of a mother’s curse will hunt you down.
Orestes: But how to escape a father’s if I fail?
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The Furies Character Timeline in The Libation Bearers
The timeline below shows where the character The Furies appears in The Libation Bearers. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...they infect the land itself, causing disease and famine. Orestes goes on to describe the Furies, goddesses of vengeance who attack men who deal unjustly with their kin. Should he not... (full context)
...horrific women with snakes for hair who have begun to pursue him. These are the Furies, the goddesses of vengeance, who have come to punish him for Clytemnestra’s death. Confused, the... (full context)