Electra and Other Plays

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Penguin, 1953 - Drama - 217 pages
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Sophocles' innovative plays transformed Greek myths into dramas with complex human characters, through which he explored profound moral issues. Electra portrays the grief of a young woman for her father Agamemnon, who has been killed by her mother's lover. Aeschylus and Euripides also dramatized this story, but the objectivity and humanity of Sophocles' version provide a new perspective. Depicting the fall of a great hero, Ajax examines the enigma of power and weakness combined in one being, while the Woman of Trachis portrays the tragic love and error of Heracles' deserted wife Deianeira, and Philoctetes deals with the conflict between physical force and moral strength.
E. F. Watling's vivid translation is accompanied by an introduction in which he discusses Sophocles' use of a third actor to create new dramatic situations and compares the different treatments of the Electra myth by the three great tragic poets of classical Athens.
 

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AJAX
17
ELECTRA
68
WOMEN OF TRACHIS
118
PHILOCTETES
162
NOTES TO AJAX
213
NOTES TO ELECTRA
214
NOTES TO WOMEN OF TRACHIS
216
NOTES TO PHILOCTETES
218
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