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The Tragedies of Sophocles$
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James Morwood

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781904675716

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781904675716.001.0001

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(p.56) Chapter 6 Electra
The Tragedies of Sophocles

James Morwood

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores two scenes from Sophocles' play Electra: when Clytemnestra hears the tutor's false news of Orestes' death; and when Electra's sister Chrysosthemis tells her of Orestes' return. The chapter notes that these two scenes show how Sophocles exploited his characters' ignorance and knowledge of the event. It adds that Sophocles used the standard method of announcement in telling the news of Orestes' demise, making the audience believe that Orestes is actually dead whilst at the same time, at another level of their consciousness, they knew that he is not.

Keywords:   Sophocles, Electra, Clytemnestra, Orestes, Greek tragedy

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