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The Flies

The Flies


by Jean-Paul Sartre

Analysis: Steaminess Rating

Exactly how steamy is this story?


There isn't much sex going on here. There are, however, sexual allusions. When Zeus harasses an old woman in the first scene, he gives her a hard time regarding her response to Agamemnon's murder fifteen years earlier. According to the King of the gods, sex is tied to violence. Electra later uses sexual behavior in her rant against Zeus: she rubs her body against his statue and taunts him with her youth and sexuality. In Act II, the priest's ceremonial speech attempts to suggest that the citizens' shame and guilt of being alive extends to a shame and guilt regarding their sexuality.

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