On Imagining Passion I: Terror, Fury and the Murderous Brothers
Myth and Theatre Conference On Fury, Granada, April 2003
Aeschylus portrays the house of Agamemnon haunted by war, murderous brothers and a cannibal meal of their children. The Furies “hold the memory of this evil”. They avenge the Mother and the darkness of the ethnos, the people, as opposed to the polis and culture. How can we turn aside this implacable wrath that poisons the earth we live on and unleashes an ever escalating round of horror, terror and revenge? Classically, the transformation comes through the goddessPeitho, whose persuasive words let Athene offer the Furies a “place free of grief and pain”. What emerges is a vision of culture founded on the necessity of the Mothers, when we take relation to the Mother world as an ultimate ruling necessity, an image that binds us.