Electra as a Sophoclean Hero
Based on Knox, Bernard M. W. "The Sophoclean Hero 1." The Heroic Temper: Studies in Sophoclean Tragedy. Berkeley: University of California, 1964. 1-27.
1. Language of Eternity (always and never)
Electra refuses to end her mourning for her father.
Lack of compromise.
See ll. 103-4; 163; 333-335
2. Requests for the hero to Yield
a.) by the chorus (121 ff)
b.) by Chrysothemis (330 ff.)
3. Anger of the hero
ll. 329, 368 (towards Chrysothemis)
ll. 610 (towards Clytemnestra)
4. Heroic Isolation
a.) from Orestes
b.) from her sister See especially ll. 813ff and 1017 ff.
c.) from everyone
This isolation is emphasized by
5. Emphasis on Nobility
ll. 257ff; 989 ff.
6. Ridicule of Enemies
270ff; 292 ff; 790ff; 808ff
7. Death Wish
387ff; 678; 821-2; 1168-9
Compare these characteristics of Electra to other Sophoclean characters like Philoctetes, Ajax, Oedipus, and, especially, Antigone.