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Stasimon 4

Course Hero Literature Instructor Russell Jaffe provides an in-depth summary and analysis of Stasimon 4 of Sophocles's play Electra.

Electra | Stasimon 4 | Summary



The chorus sings a short ode looking forward to the conclusion of the long pursuit of vengeance and justice.


It is the traditional role of the Greek chorus to be the voice of society and assess the morality of the characters' actions. During the ode, the Chorus remains firmly on Electra's side, giving its final blessing to the revenge plot and the justice it will finally achieve.

The chorus calls on the aid of two gods: Ares, the god of war, and Hermes, the messenger of the gods, who was a clever trickster and protected thieves. According to the chorus, Electra not only has its approval, but the approval of the gods, adding a new dimension of power and justice to Electra's plot for revenge.

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