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The Redeeming Characteristics of the Groups in Electra In Euripides' 'Electra', there are a range of components, speaking and non-speaking, that show that the redeeming features of these otherwise pitiful characters. This essay will consider the roles of Orestes, Electra, Clytemnestra, the Peasant and Aegisthus (whose activities are just reported to people). It's arguable that the personalities are not redeemable due simply to the plot of this drama: a boy yields, kills his father's unworthy successor, his mum (with the help of his sister) and was sent away in the close of the play by divine judgement. His husband helped him from the matricide and is delivered away too. However, it is unrealistic for all the personalities of a tragedy to not have any good qualities. The essence of tragedy, according to Aristotle, is to emphasise pity ('kitharsis'), cleansing the spirit - this cannot be invoked in case the characters are bad people, because we will feel no pity. Aristotle described Euripides as "the most tragic of the poets..." therefore it is possible for the playwright to conform to Aristotle's' principles for catastrophe. Bad happenings ('hamartia') have been expected to happen to great people, who might not be entirely noble but are nevertheless respectably excellent. As an instance, at Oedipus Rex, Oedipus scorns that the prophecies of Apollo but he is a noble King, that feels empathy for his people and his destined blow off was the consequence of his uninformed activities. Orestes is the avenging son of Agamemnon, returned to his homeland. We would expect this guy to be the tragic hero of this play but he does not conform to those specifications. He's not a potent character and is constantly in need of guidance, acting simply as a rich cannon ("What do you suggest?") . When.