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by Sophocles

Electra Morality and Ethics Quotes

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

Quote #1

O sad Electra, child
Of a lost mother, why still flow
Unceasingly with lamentation wild (121-125)

The Chorus seems to be taking Chrysothemis's more pragmatic point of view. They believe that there is not point to lamenting what can't be changed. If this is true, then why does Electra continue to lament her plight?

Quote #2

Doth not thy sense enlighten thee to see
How recklessly
Even now thou winnest undeservèd woe?
Still art thou found
To make thy misery overflow
Through self-bred gloomy strife. (215-19)

Is the Chorus right? Is Electra's grief of her own making?

Quote #3

She watches for the hour wherein with guile
She killed our sire, and orders dance and mirth
That day o' the month (277-280)

Added info this like convinces the audience that Electra does indeed have the right to kill her mother.

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