`` The Oresteia, And Homers ``, The Odyssey Essay

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Throughout history, the presence of violence justified by the credence in godly figures is exemplified, especially in Aeschylus’ The Oresteia, and Homers’, The Odyssey. Although both archaic works concern the ideologies and practices of faith in the Greek mythological gods, the reasoning for violent actions and their means of justification differ in their aspiration for and fulfillment of vengeance, their justification through the divine, and their means of punishment. In The Oresteia, Orestes, the son of Agamemnon, was exiled from the House of Atreus by his mother, Clytemnestra, the Queen of Argos. Upon the return of Agamemnon from the Trojan War, Clytemnestra and her lover, Aegisthus, murdered Agamemnon due to his sacrifice of Iphigenia, Agamemnon and Clytemnestra’s daughter, to gain favorable winds to travel to Troy. The un-honorable death experienced by Agamemnon fueled Orestes’ desire for vengeance and righteousness for his beloved father. With the help of the Chorus, Pylades, and Apollo, Orestes disguised himself as a traveller from Delphi with news about ‘the death of Orestes’. When Orestes was able to break the news to Aegisthus alone, Orestes and Pylades murdered him, and later Clytemnestra.
Conversely, in The Odyssey, Odysseus, the King of Ithaca, who has been yearning for the arrival at his kingdom for ten years after the victory in the Trojan War, landed on the land of the Cyclops, where he intended to exploit the societal traditions of the guest-host…

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