Mourning Becomes Electra Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

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Play 1, Act 1, Scene 1, Part 1

• Mourning Becomes Electra is a intricate three-part play.

• The Homecoming is the first play in the trilogy.

• Seth and a group of townspeople discuss the strangeness of the Mannon family.

• The townspeople discuss how Christine Mannon, wife of General Mannon, is beautiful but unlikable.

• There is hints at secrets in the Mannon family.

• Lavinia Mannon comes out of the house and looks remarkably like her mother, Christine.

Play 1, Act 1, Scene 1, Part 2

• Lavinia confesses to Seth that she goes to New York.

• Their conversation is interrupted by the appearance of Peter and Hazel.

• Lavinia invites the brother and sister to sit with her and the three of them discuss the war.

• Hazel excuses herself so that Peter can propose to Lavinia.

• Lavinia refuses his hand in marriage for the second time.

• Peter leaves as Christine enters the scene.

• Lavinia and Christine have a tense conversation...

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