Electra

by

Sophocles

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Nemesis Character Analysis

Nemesis is the Greek goddess of retribution. According to myth, Nemesis punishes those who display hubris, and Clytemnestra implies that Orestes’s death at the Pythian Games (which turns out to have been a lie) is one of Nemesis’s acts of retribution. In this way, both Clytemnestra and Sophocles imply that Orestes’s desire to kill his own mother is a display of excessive pride that itself requires punishment, and that Orestes should instead honor and respect his mother instead of plotting her death.
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Nemesis Character Timeline in Electra

The timeline below shows where the character Nemesis appears in Electra. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...however, she doesn’t have to be afraid anymore, and she’s free to ignore Electra too. “Nemesis, hear, and avenge my brother!” Electra cries, but Clytemnestra says that Nemesis has done the... (full context)