Essay about Vengeance

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"An eye for an eye" seems to be a phrase that people will always live by. Any person that has wrong done to them seeks revenge and justice. If they don't take action than they at least have some thought of vengeance. Women, historically more than men, seem to abide by this saying. Greek tragedy is a perfect example of how women seek vengeance. Clytemnestra, Medea, and Antigone all seek revenge and justice to keep their pride and to prove themselves towards their foes and enemies. When a child's life is taken away the mother is willing to do anything to bring justice to its place. In Aeschylus' Agamemnon, Agamemnon sacrifices his own daughter (Iphigenia) to win a war. This brings great agony to his wife,
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She talks fiercely and intelligently to the chorus about her actions, and how she is prepared for anyone's reaction. The act is concluded with Clytemnestra satisfied and Iphigenia's death justified. Seeking revenge due to a betrayal, especially by her husband, seems to be almost like second nature to all women. In Euripides Medea, Medea is willing to go through a series of murders, just to get keep her pride and to avenge her husband's affair. Medea, a sorceress and princess has left her own homeland, betraying a string of people, just to be with her husband. When he decides to divorce her and marry Glauce, daughter of Creon, Medea is outraged. Her emotional transformation goes from suicidal to fury. Cursing her husband Jason and all people that have laughed behind her she vows to "see my enemies punished as they deserve." Medea's main strategy is to emotionally get back at Jason by killing their two sons. She does struggle within herself between the devotion as a mother and the justice and pride for herself. However, the anger inside of her outweighs her motherhood side, "yes, I can endure guilt, however horrible; the laughter of my enemies I will not endure", and she continues to set her plan. She uses her children to bring Glauce a gift of 'peace' - a golden dress and a gold coronet. However, she poisons both of these materials, anyone touching

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