Medea and Electra First Episode: Electra, Orestes and Farmer Summary and Analysis

Euripides

First Episode: Electra, Orestes and Farmer Summary and Analysis

Summary
Orestes introduces himself to Electra as having news of her brother, telling her that he is alive and desires to know how his sister is faring. Electra responds by pointing to her ragged appearances and the poverty in which she lives, married to a man far beneath her station. In a long stychomythia, Orestes questions his sister about the reasons for this, learning of Aigisthos’ fears and Electra’s attempts to foil his plans by keeping her virginity secret, in the hopes that her brother will appear to help her kill both her mother and her lover.

At Orestes’ invitation, Electra enumerates the humiliations she’s been made to suffer. These include not only the material degradations of her...

(The entire section is 1039 words.)