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Book Title: The Electra of Euripides|
The author of the book: Euripides
Edition: Project Gutenberg
Date of issue: December 10th 2004
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“You gave birth to your own death.”
Electra was a moron. There, I said it.
I'm not trying to make excuses for Clytemnestra. Actually, scratch that. Agamemnon was known for being an asshole and I'm glad she killed him.
Things Agamemnon did :
-sacrificed his own daughter so he could sail his fleet to Troy
-brought home his mistress
-ruined everything for everyone
Yet Electra simply can't seem to stop herself from waxing poetic about her 'heroic' daddy.
Here's a conversation between Electra and her mother.
He went and took my daughter from our house to the fleet at Aulis, persuading me that Achilles was to wed her; and there he held her o'er the pyre, and cut Iphigenia's snowy throat. Had he slain her to save his city from capture, or to benefit his house, or to preserve his other children, a sacrifice of one for many, could have pardoned him. But, as it was, his reasons for murdering my child were these: the wantonness of Helen and her husband's folly in not punishing the traitress. Still, wronged as I was, my rage had not burst forth for this, nor would I have slain my lord, had he not returned to me with that frenzied maiden and made her his mistress, keeping at once two brides beneath the same roof. Women maybe are given to folly, I do not deny it; this granted, when a husband goes astray and sets aside his own true wife, she fain will follow his example and find another love; and then in our case hot abuse is heard, while the men, who are to blame for this, escape without a word. Again, suppose Menelaus had been secretly snatched from his home, should I have had to kill Orestes to save Menelaus, my sister's husband? How would thy father have endured this? Was he then to escape death for slaying what was mine, while I was to suffer at his hands? I slew him, turning, as my only course, to his enemies. For which of all thy father's friends would have joined me in his murder? Speak all that is in thy heart, and prove against me with all free speech, that thy father's death was not deserved.
Justly urged! but thy justice is not free from shame; for in all things should every woman of sense yield to her husband. Whoso thinketh otherwise comes not within the scope of what I say. Remember, mother, those last words of thine, allowing me free utterance before thee.
For in all things should every woman of sense yield to her husband.
Are you serious? He killed your sister!
I mean… GAHHHHHHH.
I absolutely hated Electra and Orestes in all their 'well-meaning' pretentiousness. She kept bitching about how much her marriage sucks and hell I was ready to kill her. So what if he's not the wealthiest guy in the world, he's got a good heart. He left her virginity intact. He is the only decent and civilized person in the whole book.
The play ends with Electra killing her mother.
This is why I'm never having children.
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Euripides (Ancient Greek: Εὐριπίδης) (ca. 480 BC–406 BC) was the last of the three great tragedians of classical Athens (the other two being Aeschylus and Sophocles). Ancient scholars thought that Euripides had written ninety-five plays, although four of those were probably written by Critias. Eighteen of Euripides' plays have survived complete. It is now widely believed that what was thought to be a nineteenth, Rhesus, was probably not by Euripides. Fragments, some substantial, of most of the other plays also survive. More of his plays have survived than those of Aeschylus and Sophocles together, partly because of the chance preservation of a manuscript that was probably part of a complete collection of his works in alphabetical order.
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