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Quote #1

ORESTES
I was born here. (1.1.3)

Notice that this is one of the first things Orestes says in The Flies. His attempt to make a connection with his homeland and his people is his primary concern in the play's first act.

Quote #2

ZEUS
Oh, that's nothing. Just a parlor trick. I'm a fly-charmer in my leisure hours. (1.1.87)

Here Zeus hits the nail on the head. In this play, he is little more than a fly-charmer. This image of the god is a far cry from the powerful and dominant master he tries to project.

Quote #3

ORESTES
This is my palace. My father's birthplace. […] I, too, was born there. […] And yet I have no memories, none whatever. I am looking at a huge, gloomy building, solemn and pretentious in the worst provincial taste. I am looking at it, but I see it for the first time. (1.1.93)

Why does this lack of childhood memories bother Orestes so much? Why, according to him, does his time with the Tutor "not count?"

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