Elec­tra by Sopho­cles

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Elec­tra, writ­ten circa 412-411 B.C., dra­ma­tizes one of the bleak­est episodes in the Atrei­dae mythol­ogy: the re­venge for Agamem­non’s mur­der. The main char­ac­ter, Elec­tra, con­stantly re­lives the mur­der of her father, im­plor­ing the gods to pun­ish his mur­der­ers. Her lust for re­venge is rekin­dled by the re­turn of her brother, the ex­iled Orestes. Their plans of pun­ish­ment will cul­mi­nate in ma­t­ri­cide. Sopho­cles’ drama fo­cuses on Elec­tra, es­chew­ing the moral prob­lem­at­ics of ma­t­ri­cide. Re­venge is a con­scious choice of the char­ac­ters rather than a man­date of the gods. With English sur­titles Na­tional Theatre of Greece - Thanos Pa­pakon­stanti­nou

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