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Examine and compare the motives and actions of Orestes and Electra. To what extent will an Athenian audience admire and approve of them?

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Examine and compare the motives and actions of Orestes and Electra. To what extent will an Athenian audience admire and approve of them?

Electra is the central character in the play. Her main purpose in this play is to achieve the motive of a typical Greek person, which is to be noble to the gods, family and cherish their homeland. This is why tries as much as possible to kill the murderers of her father and why she thinks by doing this, she is obeying the gods. These murderers happen to be her mother and her lover; Aegisthus.This makes her hate her mother without considering the circumstances to which she was subjected to before killing Agamemnon. Electra describes her as 'the queen of falsehood". Pg 77. And a "worthless slot". Pg 77. She expresses the hatred for her mother freely. She also hates Aegisthus as he has taken the place of her father. "Aegisthus sitting in my father's chair, wearing the clothes he wore, pouring the same libations at the altar where he killed him'. Pg 76. This shows Aegisthus' lack of respect for Agamemnon, the tradition of the Greeks and the Gods. As a result of

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