Electra Study Guide


Electra by Sophocles

Electra is a Greek tragedy by Sophocles that tells the story of Electra and Orestes' revenge on their mother, Clytemnestra, who killed their father, Agamemnon, who sacrificed his daughter Iphegenia and returned from the Trojan War with a concubine named Casandra. Orestes pretends to have died in an accident and brings an urn supposedly carrying his ashes to the palace. After Electra mourns his death he reveals his true identity to her and they kill their mother and step-father, Aegisthus.

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