Euripides' Classic Tragedy, "Electra" Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Euripides' Classic Tragedy, "Electra"
Shows how a single quotation from Euripides' classic tragedy "Electra" reflects the whole story.
# 39743 | 1,150 words | 1 source | APA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 12, 2003 in Literature (Greek and Roman)

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This paper explores a selected quote from Euripides' classic tragedy, "Electra", in order to demonstrate how this one quote condenses the majority of the action in the play. The paper discusses two distinctive elements of this quote and asserts that it manages to present the image that, rather than being a play of limited pain, "Electra" is a comprehensive tragedy that affects more than those who are directly impacted by the events of the tale.

From the Paper:

"Electra's take is that of a general tragedy, and this quotation is the hint of greater things to come. Orestes' quote is used as a device that is used to foreshadow more pressing concerns at a later point in the play. Strangely, however, Orestes himself is one of the first to fall to this means of tragic promotion: Orestes is originally perceived to maintain the role of the hero, where he has the potential to avenge the fallen Agamemnon and heal the wounded Electra. However, through his fall, Orestes is placed in the role of a casualty of the tragic effects: Orestes thus contributes to Electra's "awful story", where his fall serves to strip Electra of hope and leaves her even more alone in the world. This is rectified when Orestes recovers and is able to help her kill Clytemnestra, indicating that the tragedy of Electra is subject to heights and depths of emotion. This can be seen as a ploy by Euripides to encourage greater extremes of emotion in the audience, where the plot of the play is designed to "wring the human heart" through both the applications of sadness and through joy."

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