Electra, Prologue and Parados Summary and Analysis
Farmer: Electra’s husband
Electra: daughter of Clytemnestra, sister of Orestes
Orestes: Electra’s brother, returning from exile
Pylades: Orestes’ traveling companion
Chorus: rural women of Argos
The Farmer delivers the prologue, which recounts the events that have led up to his unlikely marriage to the royal maiden, Electra, daughter of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon. When her father returned home from victory against Troy, he was killed by his wife and her new lover, Aigisthos. Fearing that his stepchildren would grow up to avenge their father, Aigisthos would have killed Orestes, but an old tutor smuggled him off to be...
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