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Sophocles, Electra, 820-822


nanTherefore, if anyone in the house be angry, let him kill me. It is a favor, if I die, but a pain, if I live. I desire life no more. Choru


nanTherefore, if anyone in the house be angry, let him kill me. It is a favor, if I die, but a pain, if I live. I desire life no more. Choru


nan(The following lines between ELECTRA: and the CHORUS are chanted responsively.) CHORUS: strophe 1 Where are the thunderbolts of Zeus, or where is the bright Sun, if they look upon these things, and brand them not, but rest? ELECTRA: Woe, woe, ah me, ah me! CHORUS: O daughter, why weepest thou? ELECTRA (with hands outstretched to heaven) Alas! CHORUS: Utter no rash cry! ELECTRA: Thou wilt break my heart! CHORUS: How meanest thou? ELECTRA: If thou suggest a hope concerning those who have surely passed to the realm below, thou wilt trample yet more upon my misery. CHORUS: antistrophe 1 Nay, I know how, ensnared by a woman for a chain of gold, the prince Amphiaraus found a grave; and now beneath the earth — ELECTRA: Ah me, ah me! CHORUS: — he reigns in fulness of force. ELECTRA: Alas! CHORUS: Alas indeed! for the murderess- ELECTRA: Was slain. CHORUS: Yea. ELECTRA: I know it, I know it; for a champion arose to avenge the mourning dead; but to me no champion remains; for he who yet was left hath been snatched away. CHORUS: strophe 2 Hapless art thou, and hapless is thy lot! ELECTRA: Well know I that, too well,- I, whose life is a torrent of woes dread and dark, a torrent that surges through all the months! CHORUS: We have seen the course of thy sorrow. ELECTRA: Cease, then, to divert me from it, when no more — CHORUS: How sayest thou? ELECTRA: — when no more can I have the comfort of hope from a brother, the seed of the same noble sire. CHORUS: antistrophe 2 For all men it is appointed to die. ELECTRA: What, to die as that ill-starred one died, amid the tramp of racing steeds, entangled in the reins that dragged him? CHORUS: Cruel was his doom, beyond thought! ELECTRA: Yea, surely; when in foreign soil, without ministry of my hands,- CHORUS: Alas! ELECTRA: -he is buried, ungraced by me with sepulture or with tears.


nanTherefore, if anyone in the house be angry, let him kill me. It is a favor, if I die, but a pain, if I live. I desire life no more. Choru


Intertexts (texts cited often on the same page as the searched text):

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1. Sophocles, Electra, 1425, 341-344, 349-350, 365-368, 417-423, 432-434, 438-463, 472-507, 513-515, 528-548, 552-557, 562, 575, 597-598, 626-627, 634-660, 764-765, 770-771, 786, 788-796, 817-819, 821-822, 856, 881-882, 888, 894-901, 920, 947-989, 1424 (5th cent. BCE - 5th cent. BCE)



Subjects of this text:

subject book bibliographic info
characters, dramatic irony Budelmann, The Language of Sophocles: Communality, Communication, and Involvement (1999) 85, 86
characters, have depth Budelmann, The Language of Sophocles: Communality, Communication, and Involvement (1999) 85, 86
electra, clytemnestra as a character Budelmann, The Language of Sophocles: Communality, Communication, and Involvement (1999) 85
electra, dramatic irony Budelmann, The Language of Sophocles: Communality, Communication, and Involvement (1999) 85, 86
electra Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 496, 498
electra (sophocles) Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 496, 498
electra as a character Budelmann, The Language of Sophocles: Communality, Communication, and Involvement (1999) 85, 86
episodes, of electra (sophocles) Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 496, 498
spectators, make judgements about characters Budelmann, The Language of Sophocles: Communality, Communication, and Involvement (1999) 85, 86
spectators, text uncertain Budelmann, The Language of Sophocles: Communality, Communication, and Involvement (1999) 85
stasima, of electra (sophocles) Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 496, 498
structure, of electra (sophocles)' Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 498
structure, of electra (sophocles) Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 496