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In its ode, the chorus wonders why humans do not care for their parents as birds do. It calls Electra "noble," "wise," and "best of daughters" for daring to "brave the storm alone" against her father's enemies. The chorus wishes to see her "raised in might and wealth above [her] foes" for doing Zeus's will.

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By "son of Atreus" the chorus means Agamemnon. The chorus is sending a message to Agamemnon in the Underworld that his house is in disorder and Electra stands alone against his enemies.

It is clear from this ode that the chorus is completely in Electra's camp, which is interesting given that the chorus initially urged Electra to restrain her grief and vengeance. It sympathizes with her solitary position, calls her "wise" (in contrast to Chrysothemis who believes that Electra is acting unwisely), and praises her for her loyalty to her father. This loyalty is in line with the natural laws that command children to honor their parents. By being loyal to Agamemnon, the chorus feels Electra shows "piety towards Zeus" and will earn "the noblest renown."

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