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Course Hero Literature Instructor Russell Jaffe explains the main characters in Sophocles's play Electra.

Electra | Characters

Character Description
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.
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