He may not indeed destroy the framework of the received legends--the fact, for instance, that Clytemnestra
was slain by Orestes and Eriphyle by Alcmaeon but he ought to show invention of his own, and skilfully handle the traditional material.
glides swiftly into the room like an apparition--her arms are bare and white--her tawny hair floats down her shoulders--her face is deadly pale--and her eyes are lighted up with a smile so ghastly that people quake as they look at her.
If Menelaus when he got back from Troy had found Aegisthus still alive in his house, there would have been no barrow heaped up for him, not even when he was dead, but he would have been thrown outside the city to dogs and vultures, and not a woman would have mourned him, for he had done a deed of great wickedness; but we were over there, fighting hard at Troy, and Aegisthus, who was taking his ease quietly in the heart of Argos, cajoled Agamemnon's wife Clytemnestra
with incessant flattery.
I have set my heart on keeping her in my own house, for I love her better even than my own wife Clytemnestra
, whose peer she is alike in form and feature, in understanding and accomplishments.
Comprised of four sections that focus upon each of the main characters, the book's structure produces a rich, multilayered effect that underscores the duplicity and deceit endemic to the relationships of Clytemnestra
and her kin.
The return to the stage of Cyprus' theatrical grande dame obviously falls in that last-named category, especially in a play which would unforgivingly have exposed any rustiness: the entire second half is a 30-minute monologue by Jenny as Clytemnestra
, Agamemnon's wife, standing alone onstage to explain to an unseen judge why she killed her husband 40 years earlier.
Of course, there are also Helen of Troy, Clytemnestra
, Cassandra, Cleopatra, Anna Karenina, and Joan of Arc, but they are often portrayed in literature or movies as victims of men, than heroic individuals.
To cast him as the leering, amoral Emcee seemed to me about as unlikely as casting, say, Barbara Windsor as Clytemnestra
In the years following the Trojan War, Electra waits for many years for the return of her brother Orestes from exile to help her take revenge against her mother Clytemnestra
and stepfather Aegisthus for the murder of their father Agamemnon.
House of Names" by Colm Toibin is a retelling of the ancient Greek story of Clytemnestra
and her children in ancient Mycena, the legendary Greek city from which her husband King Agamemnon left when he set sail with his army for Troy.
Which legendary king of Mycenae was murdered by his wife Clytemnestra
and her lover Aegisthus?
One had the idea to switch the ending of the play from Clytemnestra
restoring justice and order to Greek society to her essentially telling the other characters that it's on them to fix it themselves.