Electra's story is essentially a tale of murder, revenge, and violence. In the ancient myth of Atreus, Agamemnon returns home from battle and receives no hero's welcome. Instead, he is greeted with an ax, murdered in his bath by his wife, Clytemnestra, and her lover-accomplice, Aegisthus. Electra chooses anger over sorrow and stops at nothing to ensure that her mother pays. In revenge, Electra, with the help of her brother, orchestrates a brutal and bloody matricide, and her reward is the restitution of her father's good name. Amid all this chaos, Electra, Agamemnon's princess daughter, must bear the humiliation of being treated as a slave girl and labeled a madwoman.

Electra was the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, the king and queen of Mycenae. When Electra's father returned from the Trojan war, her mother, Clytemnestra and her lover, Aegisthus, killed him. They also killed Cassandra, a concubine of Agamemnon from the Trojan war.

Electra managed to save her brother Orestes from Aegisthus. She sent him to the King Strophius. After that, Electra lived with a feeling of taking revenge, dreaming only of vengence on them for killing her father.

Delphic oracle ordered Orestes to return home and take revange of his father's death. Electra and Orestes returned to Mycenae, their home.

According to Aeschylus, they met each other before the tomb of Agamemnon, where both had gone to perform rites to the dead. Orestes with the help of Pylades, the son of King Strophius of Phocis (who had cared for Orestes while he hid from his mother and her lover), killed Clytemnestra and Aegisthus. Electra supported and helped Orestes to take revenge of their father.

Pylades and Electra fell in love and married. She was the mother of Medon and Strophius.

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