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by Sophocles
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Electra Revenge Quotes

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Quote #1

THE CHORUS 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?

Quote #2

ELECTRA 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?

Quote #3

ELECTRA 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.

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