Electra

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Nick Hern, 2004 - Drama - 72 pages
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Electra recounts the murders of Clytemnestra and Aegisthus by Clytemnestra's son Orestes, to avenge their murder of his father Agamemnon, commander of the Greeks at Troy, upon his return home. Sophocles' version is presented from the viewpoint of Electra, Orestes' sister, who laments her father, bears witness to her mother's crime, and for years endures her mother's scorn. When Orestes arrives at last, her mood shifts from grief to joy as Orestes carries out the bloody vengeance. Despite her overwhelming passion for just revenge, Electra admits that her own actions are shameful.

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Sophocles was born around 496 B.C. in Colonus (near Athens), Greece. In 480, he was selected to lead the paean (choral chant to a god) celebrating the decisive Greek sea victory over the Persians at the Battle of Salamis. He served as a treasurer and general for Athens when it was expanding its empire and influence. He wrote approximately 123 plays including Ajax, Antigone, Oedipus Tyrannus, Trachiniae, Electra, Philoctetes, and Oedipus at Colonus. His last recorded act was to lead a chorus in public mourning for Euripides. He died in 406 B. C.

J. Michael Walton is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Drama at Hull University.

Marianne MacDonald was born on July 9, 1934 in Canada. She is a children's books author and novelist best known for her mystery series featuring London antiques bookstore owner and amateur investigator Dido Hoare. The title's in her Dido Hoare Series .include: Death's Autograph, Ghost Walk, Blood Lies, Three Monleys and Faking It. Her children's book titles include Black Base Rock, The Witch Repair, and Dragon for Sale.

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