Study Guide

Electra Characters

By Sophocles

Electra

Electra is one tough cookie. She's spent all of her adult life being abused by the one person...

Orestes

We can ask of Orestes the same basic question we asked of Electra: why does he want to kill the...

Clytemnestra

Does Clytemnestra deserve to die? That would seem to be the big question when it comes to dealing...

Chrysothemis

If Electra is emotion or duty-driven, Chrysothemis is reason-driven. It's not that she's immoral...

The Old Man

As we discuss in "Character Roles," the old man functions primarily as a guide for Orestes. The...

The Chorus

As we discuss in "Tone," the Chorus plays a large part in establishing the tone of the play. In...

King Aegisthus

We don't see much of King Aegisthus until Orestes is about to kill him at the end of the play....

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