Study Guide

Electra Isolation

By Sophocles


Electra demonstrates that staunch idealism is often times a lonely existence. The title character finds herself alone at the extreme end of her duty-driven idealism. On the one hand, such solitude makes her life more difficult, because she has no one to aid her in her endeavors or support her in her actions. On the other hand, Electra seems to draw strength from her solitude, stepping up to the challenge of facing her enemies alone.

Questions About Isolation

  1. Why does Aegisthus's murder take place off stage?
  2. In what ways is Electra isolated from the citizens of Mycenae (as represented by the Chorus)? What about from her sister and mother?
  3. Does this isolation make her duty to her father more difficult or easier to bear?

Chew on This

Sophocles's play condemns Electra's character morally, but holds her up as an exemplar of unwavering determination.

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