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Electra (Murray Translation)

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By: (484 BC - 406 BC)

Euripides' "Electra" is a timeless Greek tragedy that follows the story of Electra, the daughter of King Agamemnon and Queen Clytemnestra. The play delves deep into themes of revenge, justice, and the complexities of family relationships.

The Murray translation successfully captures the emotional intensity of the original text, allowing readers to fully immerse themselves in the tragic world of ancient Greece. The dialogue is both poetic and powerful, conveying the characters' inner turmoil and conflicting emotions with great precision.

One of the most compelling aspects of this translation is its ability to highlight the moral ambiguity of the characters. Electra's desire for revenge is juxtaposed with her sense of duty and loyalty to her father, creating a complex and multifaceted portrait of a woman torn between conflicting emotions.

Overall, the Murray translation of "Electra" is a must-read for anyone interested in Greek literature or classical drama. Its timeless themes and powerful storytelling make it a captivating read that will linger in the minds of readers long after they have finished the final page.

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Electra (the Unmated One) is eaten up with hatred of her mother Clytemnestra and stepfather Aegisthus for their murder of her father Agamemnon. Married platonically to a good-hearted but poverty-stricken old peasant, she longs for the return of her brother Orestes to help her wreak vengeance. Orestes finally returns and together they carry out their fated work, but find the result to be as tragically meaningless as the lust for vengeance had been poisonous. Strikingly different from Sophocles, who wrote his “Electra” with full sympathy for the divine ordinance of revenge, Euripides squarely blames the God Apollo for putting an evil commandment on the shoulders of the siblings. He also shows the tragic ambiguity of the entire situation, pleading a strong, emotional case for Clytemnestra and showing her vulnerable motherliness at the moment of her death. Deeper, more human psychologically than Sophocles or Aeschylus, Euripides is compared with good reason in the translator’s introduction to modern playwrights such as Browning or Ibsen. ( Expatriate)

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