Mourning Becomes Electra Questions and Answers
by Eugene O’Neill

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Analyze the title of the play Mourning Becomes Electra and explain how it becomes more ironic than defective.

The title of the play is based on the story of Electra in Greek legend. Electra is the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra. They saved the life of Electra's younger brother, Orestes. In the play, the Mannons have experiences that mirror the legend.

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Mourning Becomes Electra is a play by Eugene O'Neill. It is a Greek tragedy in modern times, its title nodding to the original legend, Electra , the tragedy by Euripedes (there is another version by Sophocles, but historians are unsure which story is the original). In the original story, Electra is the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra. Clytemnestra has a lover, Aegisthus, and they murder Agamemnon. Fearing for her brother, Electra sends him away. When he returns, he and Electra avenge their father by murdering both...

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