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Electra by Benito Pérez Galdós is a captivating and intense novel that delves into the complexities of family relationships and the destructive power of revenge. The story follows the tragic tale of Electra, a young woman consumed by the desire to avenge her father’s death at the hands of her mother and her lover.

Galdós does an incredible job of creating a sense of tension and unease throughout the novel, keeping readers on the edge of their seats as Electra’s plan for retribution unfolds. The characters are well-developed and often morally ambiguous, adding layers of depth to the story and forcing readers to question their own beliefs about justice and forgiveness.

The writing is beautifully poetic and evocative, drawing readers into the world of the novel and making it impossible to put down. Galdós expertly weaves together themes of betrayal, love, and redemption, creating a powerful and timeless story that will stay with readers long after they finish the last page.

Overall, Electra is a haunting and gripping read that explores the darker side of human nature with nuance and depth. Galdós’s masterful storytelling and thought-provoking themes make this novel a must-read for fans of classic literature and psychological dramas.

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Originally staged in the Teatro Español in 1901, Electra is a controversial Spanish drama that documents the trials and tribulations of its innocent heroine. Electra is a young woman of unknown parentage who is raised in a convent in France and, after the death of her mother Eleuteria, adopted by her aunt and uncle. Electra soon falls in love with the scientist Maximo, but an intricate web of rumors and lies threatens to ruin their relationship. In this play, Benito Pérez Galdós tackles a number of hot-button themes: fanaticism, superstition, social justice, rationalism, and the powers of science.

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