By Anne Carson
In An Oresteia, the classicist Anne Carson combines 3 various models of the tragedy of the home of Atreus ― A iskhylos' Agamemnon, Sophokles' Elektra and Euripides' Orestes. After the homicide of her daughter Iphigeneia by means of her husband, Agamemnon, Klytaimestra exacts a mother's revenge, murdering Agamemnon and his mistress, Kassandra. Displeased with Klytaimestra's activities, Apollo calls on her son, Orestes, to avenge his father's demise with assistance from his sister Elektra. finally, Orestes is pushed mad by way of the Furies for his bloody betrayal of family members. Condemned to demise through the folks of Argos, he and Elektra needs to justify their activities ― or flout society, justice and the gods.
Carson's translation combines modern language with the conventional constructions and rhetoric of Greek tragedy, starting up this historic story of vengeance to a contemporary viewers and revealing the basic wit and morbidity of the unique plays.