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The Eumenides Three-Act Plot Analysis

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Three-Act Plot Analysis

Act I

Orestes and the Furies wake up in Delphi and get sent to Athens by Apollo and the ghost of Clytemnestra, respectively.

Act II

The Furies catch up to Orestes in Athens, but the goddess Athena appears and organizes a trial, with Athenian mortals as jurors, the Furies as prosecuting attorneys, and Apollo as Orestes's defense attorney.


Orestes is acquitted and goes home to Argos; Athena transforms the Furies into benevolent helpers of good people and punishers of evildoers. Their new name is the "Kindly Ones" or "Eumenides."

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