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Theme of Supernatural

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Theme of Supernatural and Divine

Apollo’s oracle plays an important role in the matricide with Orestes commits. It is not only instigation by Electra, but also the divine order that Orestes should kill his mother that leads him to matricide.

Supernatural elements are also seen. The Dioscuri (Castor and Polydeuces) appear. They are the sons of Zeus and also brother of Clymenestra. Thus Clymenestra is the daughter of Zeus. She is half-divine.


Theme of Poverty and Riches

Electra the princess of Argos is married to a humble peasant and lives in utter poverty. She says that she has to weave her own dress or go naked. She has to work hard although she has been accustomed to luxury and comfort during her childhood.

Clymenestra lives in intense luxury in her palace. She has servants, comfort and dresses with gold buckles. She enjoys the spoils brought by King Agamemnon after the Trojan War.

The separate life-styles of mother and daughter are in dire contrast to each other. The daughter lives in utmost poverty, while the mother revels in luxury.

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