Introduction: Introduction to Mourning Becomes Electra by O' Neil



"Mourning Becomes Electra", a trilogy by O' Neil, is the recreation of Greek tragic play "Oresteia". The play, giving rise to the grave psychological debates over human nature and sexual urges, was then written by the legend playwright Aeschylus. In the lines of Sigmund Freud's "Oedipus Complex", the play features murder, incest and revenge. "Mourning Becomes Electra" can be called a modern tragedy of "Oresteia" where Neil has not only changed the names of characters as well as the story but also altered the prime Greek belief that human actions and destiny are modelled and moulded by fate. Though they are influenced by fate to a certain extent, yet O' Neil's characters are to be held responsible personally for their psychological problems and immoral sexual impudence. "Home Coming" is the first part of the trilogy of "Mourning Becomes Electra". ... Read More...



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