The Libation Bearers



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Agamemnon’s Burial Mound and Shroud

Although no longer a living character within the play, the ghost of Agamemnon haunts every moment of The Libation Bearers. Once a dominant, powerful king—the leader of the Greeks during the Trojan War—Agamemnon was…

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The Hair and Footprints of Orestes and Electra

One of the few healthy relationships in the play is the connection between Orestes and Electra, siblings who desperately love each other and who have mourned for each other while apart. This bond takes…

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Serpents and Snakes

Serpents and snakes are complex and double-edged symbols within The Libation Bearers. Early in the play, we learn that Clytemnestra has had a dream that she gave birth to a snake only to have…

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Clytemnestra’s Man-Axe

Upon being informed that her palace is under attack and her lover Aegisthus has been killed, Clytemnestra immediately calls for her “man-axe” in order to defend herself. Within the patriarchal world of the Greek tragedy…

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