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... characters and moving the plot forward. The characters themselves even conceive that what they want is immoral and wish "to be forgiven!"(O'Neill, 407), however, as much as they wish to be cleansed they still have their incestuous needs to fulfill. So although they despise themselves for feeling this way, it is these feelings that move the plot forward that push the characters into situations where they make decisions that others without these desires might denounce. In conclusion,Woodard wraps up how although the play is an immoral tragedy, the characters methodically envelope the reader with their problems and the reader is forced to feel sympathy with them even if they feel the character is fatuous. "Whether mourning becomes Electra or not, it has become her life...She draws us into the domestic torment and tension as we respond to her inwardness"(Woodard, 131).
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