THE CHORUS 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?
THE CHORUS 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?
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)
Added info this like convinces the audience that Electra does indeed have the right to kill her mother.
ELECTRA You say you hate them, but belie your word, Consorting with our father's murderers. (356-8)
Is Electra right? Is Chrysothemis abetting her father's murderers by not standing up to them? Or do you believe that Chrysothemis's decision to play along with the royal couple is justified?
CLYTEMNESTRA who else but he Took heart to sacrifice unto the Gods Thy sister?- (530-2)
Clytemnestra muddies the moral waters with this extra piece of info.
ELECTRA But I'll prove No rightful vengeance drew thee to the deed, But the vile bands of him you dwell with now. (561-3)
Motive seems to matter as much or more than action in Electra. Think about the fact that Electra doesn't actually do anything – it is Orestes who commits the double murder. And yet, she is considered to be the play's protagonist.
ELECTRA Not unashamed, assure thee, I stand here, Little as thou mayest deem it. Well I feel My acts untimely and my words unmeet. But your hostility and treatment force me Against my disposition to this course. (616-620)
Of what exactly is Electra ashamed?
CLYTEMNESTRA To be a mother hath a marvelous power: No injury can make one hate one's child. (770-771)
This is a surprising outburst from Clytemnestra. Is she being genuine here?