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Questions and Discussion Topics:
Aeschylus’ Libation Bearers

  1. How are the various patterns of imagery and themes developed and changed throughout the play?
  2. What is the incentive moment of the play?
  3. What purpose does the recognition scene between Orestes and Electra serve in this play?
  4. Electra, Orestes, and the Chorus all desire that Agamemnon's murderers be punished. How do their motives for this differ?
  5. What is the function of Cilissa, the nurse?
  6. Compare and contrast Clytemnestra's maternal role in the first two plays of the trilogy.
  7. Compare and contrast the justification scene in the Libation-Bearers (lines 972 ff.) with that of the Agamemnon (lines 1372 ff.).
October, 1999
Barbara F. McManus
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