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Electra

Electra

  

by Sophocles

Analysis: Allusions

When authors refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Mythological Reference

Orestes, Electra, Clytemnestra, Aegisthus, Agamemnon, Chrysothemis, Apollo, and Iphigenia – these are characters in the main plot line of Electra, but don't forget that they come from Greek mythology and had been outlined in gory detail (literally) 400-ish years before in Homer's work. Sophocles's audience would have been very familiar with these figures.

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