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by Sophocles

Electra Betrayal Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Line). We used Lewis Campbell's translation.

Quote #7

O heavens! what shall I say? That this is well?
Or terrible, but gainful? Hard my lot,
To save my life through my calamity! (766-8)

Clytemnestra feels as though this news has come as an answer to her prayers. Although, she does feel guilty for having "caused" her sons death.

Quote #8

Then seest thou not
What meed of honour, if thou dost my will,
Thou shalt apportion to thyself and me?
For who, beholding us, what citizen,
What foreigner, will not extend the hand
Of admiration (973-7)

Electra betrays her own ideals by committing murder for the wrong reasons.

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