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Quote #4

THE CHORUS
Take heart, dear child! still mighty in the sky
Is Zeus who ruleth all things and surveys.
Commit to him thy grief that surgeth high,
And walk in safer ways (164-5)

What exactly is the role of the gods in Electra?

Quote #5

ELECTRA
Yet suffer me, dear women! Mighty force
Compels me. Who that had a noble heart
And saw her father's cause, as I have done,
By day and night more outraged, could refrain? (254-7

Is having a "noble heart" relevant here?

Quote #6

CHRYSOTHEMIS
'Tis said she saw our father's spirit come
Once more to visit the abodes of light;
Then take and firmly plant upon the hearth
The sceptre which he bore of old, and now
Aegisthus bears: and out of this upsprang
A burgeoned shoot, that shadowed all the ground
Of loved Mycenae. (417-424)

Orestes is, in some ways, his "father's spirit" come to life.

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