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Course Hero Literature Instructor Russell Jaffe explains the main characters in Sophocles's play Electra.
|Electra||The oldest living daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, Electra hates her mother for murdering her father and is driven by her desire for vengeance. Read More|
|Chrysothemis||Chrysothemis is Electra's younger sister and wants nothing more than to avoid conflict by accepting Clytemnestra and Aegisthus as the rulers of Argos. Read More|
|Clytemnestra||Once the wife of the ruler of Argos, Agamemnon, Clytemnestra murdered her husband in revenge after he killed their daughter Iphigenia as a sacrifice to the goddess Artemis. Read More|
|Orestes||The youngest child of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, Orestes grew up abroad and has returned to avenge his father's murder. Read More|
|Aegisthus||Agamemnon's cousin Aegisthus became Clytemnestra's lover while Agamemnon was away in the Trojan War; when Agamemnon returned, Aegisthus helped her kill him.|
|Agamemnon||Former king of Argos, Agamemnon is killed by his wife and cousin after he sacrifices his daughter Iphigenia to the goddess Artemis.|
|Chorus||The chorus, which is made up of a group of local women, comments on the action of the play and offers moral advice.|
|Chorus Leader||The Chorus Leader sometimes speaks independently of the chorus and interacts with other characters.|
|Handmaid||The Handmaid, who does not speak, is one of Clytemnestra's servants.|
|Iphigenia||The daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, she is sacrificed by Agamemnon to the goddess Artemis.|
|Paedagogus||Even as an old man, Orestes's former tutor, Paedagogus, supports Orestes in his quest for vengeance.|
|Pylades||Pylades is a prince of Crisa who accompanies Orestes to help him in his quest for vengeance; he does not speak.|