Mourning Becomes Electra Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. What do Seth and the townspeople discuss as the first scene of the play opens?

Seth and the townspeople discuss the oddities of the Mannon family as they look at the Mannon house. They feel little sympathy for General Mannon's wife, Christine, even though her husband is away at war.

2. How does the conversation between Seth and the townspeople in the first scene of the play hint at secrets in the Mannon family?

The conversation between Seth and the townspeople in the first scene of the play hints at secrets in the Mannon family, particularly when they discuss how everyone in the family looks like they are wearing masks. It seems these mask-like appearances hide the true feelings and intentions of the Mannon clan.

3. Who is Lavinia Mannon?

Lavinia Mannon is the daughter of General Ezra Mannon and his wife Christine. In the first scene of the play, the townspeople comment on how much Lavinia resembles her mother, so much so that it looks like she is wearing a mask.

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