by Jean-Paul Sartre
The Flies Guilt and Blame Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Act.Scene.Line). Every time a character talks counts as one line, even if what they say turns into a long monologue. We used the translation by S. Gilbert found in No Exit and Three Other Plays, published by Vintage Books in 1989.
When the folks of Argos heard their King screaming his life out in the palace, they still kept their silence, but they rolled their eyes in a sort of ecstasy, and the whole town was like a woman in heat. (1.1.40)
In The Flies, sex is a shameful and dirty act, tied either to violence or to crime.
Does Aegisthus feel contrition?
Aegisthus? I'd be much surprised. But what matter? A whole city's repenting on his account. (1.1.63-4)
Sartre makes it clear that Zeus isn't interested in constructive repentance. The god isn't trying to teach the people a lesson, as he earlier claimed, nor is he attempting to improve their conditions through atonement.
You hate me, my child, but what disturbs me more is your likeness to me, as I was once. I used to have those clean-cut features, that fever in the blood, those smoldering eyes – and nothing good came of them. (1.1.180)
Is Clytemnestra disturbed by these similarities because she regrets wasting her youth and appearance, or because she truly fears for her daughter's future?