Is The Conflict Of Justice In Euripides And Sophocles's Electra

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The story of Electra is one that has been retold throughout the ages in different fields, medias, and countries. Having been retold so many times, there are still many core elements of the story remain the same. Both versions of Electra, written by Euripides and Sophocles write about the conflict of justice and how there are two sides to every story. The fixed elements of the myth of Electra, no matter the author or country of origin, is the story of the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra taking revenge against her mother for the murder of her father. Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus plotted the death of Agamemnon, carried it out and took over the throne of Mycenae, demoting Electra and her siblings of their royal status. Electra wishes for her brother Orestes, who was sent away as a very young child, to return and help her avenge her father and dethrone her mother and her lover. After the return of Orestes, Clytemnestra is killed along with Aegisthus. Both Electra and Orestes have repercussions to face but are ultimately happy with the matricide and having restored honor to their father and the House of Atreus. The fine details of how these events transpire differs due to the different interpretations by Euripides and Sophocles. The story of Electra is one part of a continuation and retelling of the events that transpired after the Trojan War within the family. Changing the basis of the myth could potentially have repercussions for the other myths involved.
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