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Electra by Sophocles

Wed, March 5th, 2008
12:00 am

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Translated by Anne Carson
Directed by Sam Gold

Electra is widely considered to be Sophocles’ best character
drama due to the thoroughness of its examination of the
morals and motives of Electra herself. After Electra’s father,
King Agamemnon, returns from the Trojan War, his wife,
Clytemnestra, and her lover, Aegisthus, murder him.
Sophocles’s play deals with Electra’s intense desire for revenge
in the years following her father’s murder. Sophocles’s version
of the Electra story was written around 410 BCE.

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