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Electra (Sophocles)

Electra (Sophocles)

Elektra

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Writer:
  • murder
  • revenge
  • greek
  • tragedy


Overview


Synopsis

Electra is a saga about murder and revenge. Agamemnon, the father of the house, was killed by his unfaithful wife, Clytaemnestra, with the help of her sinister lover, Aegisthus, as retribution for having sacrificed their daughter, Iphigenia, to the gods. Meanwhile, her son Orestes was spirited away by their faithful servant Tutor in order to safeguard him against a similar fate. Though Clytaemnestra's weak-willed daughter, Chrysothemis, has made peace with the situation, her defiant sister, Electra, still bemoans her father's fate. Electra awaits the return of the grown Orestes in the hopes that he might to avenge their father's death. The action of Sophocles' play focuses on the inner turmoil and laments of Electra, who feels incapable of acting alone.


Characters

Female

Lead

Spoken

Male

Lead

Spoken

Male

Supporting

Spoken



Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts:
1 Act
Cast Size
small
Casting Notes:
Mostly female cast
Includes adult, mature adult, late teen, young adult, early teen characters
Tags:
  • murder
  • revenge
  • greek
  • tragedy

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