Electra

What metaphors are used in Electra by Hugo von Hofmannsthal?

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Hofmannsthal's claustrophobic spaces are generally metaphors of the womb. The cave is the favored image. In Oedipus and the Sphinx, the oracle warning Laius against a son takes this form....

Let the king be on his guard and stand at his wife's bed armed and with a naked sword as if at the cave from which his worst enemy is lurking to burst forth.

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