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Orestes was driven by the natural impulses and desire to avenge his fathers death In the Eumenides he becomes merely the passive instrument of fate all freedom of action being transferred to the gods He mourned his fathers death and asked the king of the gods to give him ability to take vengeance upon his mother Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus Thus the voice of blood accuses Orestes strives as he will to represent to himself as righteous the motives that prompted him to the deed Orestes was ordered by the god Apollo to kill Clytaemestra He had the right to vengeance she killed his father and Orestes has responsibility to his dynasty But Clytaemestra was also his mother Orestes made a choice and though his actions were justified he cannot commit matricide without consequences At the trial the Furies and Apollo argue from two different standpoints both of which have their own logic and moral code Orestes takes the suppliant position before Athenes statue and begs for her help Orestes was ordered by the god Apollo to kill Clytaemestra He had the right to vengeance she killed his father and Orestes has responsibility to his dynasty But Clytaemestra was also his mother Apollo does most of the talking for Orestes Orestes thanks Athena and the people of Athens and then he leaves to go home to Argos Finally he is king Apollo exits with him
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