In this play, young Orestes is commanded by Apollo to murder his mother. Does this exonerate him of responsibility for his crime? Could he disobey the God if he wanted? His family seems to be under a "curse" given that murder, betrayal, and mayhem have plagued its last five generations. Does this mean such events are beyond the control of individuals? Electra explores just how much free will a person has in the fate-driven world of Greek mythology.
In Electra, the characters misinterpret justice as something dictated by the gods. In this way, they avoid taking responsibility for their own actions.