Electra and Other Plays by Sophocles

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By Sophocles

Four seminal tragedies by means of the grasp Greek dramatist, in gleaming new translations

Of the multiple hundred performs Sophocles wrote over the process his lengthy lifestyles, basically seven continue to exist. This quantity collects 4 of them, all newly translated. Electra portrays the grief of a tender lady for her father, Agamemnon, who has been killed via her mother?s lover. Ajax depicts the enigma of energy and weak point vis-àvis the autumn of the good hero. Women of Trachis dramatizes the tragic love and blunder of Heracles?s abandoned spouse, Deianeira; Philoctetes examines the clash among actual strength and ethical strength.

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I picked up a mirror and tried to see the injury on my head. I turned the mirror this way and that, but the injury was too far back for me to see. Then Clytemnestra snatched the mirror from my hands. ” she cried. There was real alarm in her voice. ” I said. “I cannot. ” She parted my hair. ” She kept the mirror firmly clenched in her hand. II Thus it was that I learned I was forbidden to use a mirror. It was such a simple thing—a polished bronze surface that reflected back a poor image in any case.

I sought to soothe her. “So it seems that curiosity can be dangerous,” I said. She took a deep breath. “Just so. ” I tried to remember. “They are the most famous because they became gods themselves, which is very unusual. The rest of them just die in the regular way. There’s Perseus, he lived near here, at Argos, and then there’s Niobe, Zeus’s first mortal woman, and her son Argus, and oh, Mother, there are so many of them! ” It was hopeless. Even the tutor most likely could not. “Alcmene, the mother of Heracles, was the last,” I said.

Overhearing these things, I wondered how a brother could come to wrong another brother so that he would feel that way. But oh! I had yet to learn of the vile things one family member could do to another. I did not understand, because I loved my brothers and sister and they loved me, and I could not see how it could be otherwise. My life there was full of sun and wind and laughter. I had the run of the palace, I could have anything I wished. I sang and played and learned my lessons from the amiable old tutor they brought for me.

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