Electra Revenge Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Line). We used Lewis Campbell's translation.
May great Olympus' Lord
Return of evil still afford,
Nor let them wear the gloss of sovran ease! (209-212)
Electra keeps begging for other people – Orestes, Apollo, the Furies, Zeus – to bring vengeance upon her mother and Aegisthus. You might wonder why doesn't she just do it herself? Is there something different about a male seeking vengeance than a female?
In darkness, and his foes shall not again
Render him blood for blood in amplest penalty. (247-8)
By the same logic, does Electra not deserve death at the end of the play? Where is the end-point of "blood for blood" vengeance? If there is no end-point, what does this say about this kind of vengeance?
She watches for the hour wherein with guile
She killed our sire, and orders dance and mirth
That day o' the month (277-280)
Yet Electra seems to take just as much joy in the murder of Clytemnestra. It seems as though Electra's desire to seek vengeance "blood for blood" carries with it a degree of hypocrisy.