Libation Bearers
Libation Bearers
by Aeschylus

Three-Act Plot Analysis

For a three-act plot analysis, put on your screenwriter’s hat. Moviemakers know the formula well: at the end of Act One, the main character is drawn in completely to a conflict. During Act Two, she is farthest away from her goals. At the end of Act Three, the story is resolved.

Act I

Orestes comes home and links up with his sister and the Chorus.

Act II

With a little help from his friends, Orestes enters the palace in disguise.

Act III

Orestes kills Aegisthus and Clytemnestra, then goes crazy.

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