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What are the similarities and differences between Orestes and Oedipus as tragic heroes In the following paragraphs I am going to compare Orestes and Oedipus as tragic heroes There are a number of characteristics that identify a tragic hero Although a tragic hero causes his own downfall his fate is usually not deserved and his punishment is much worse than his crime A tragic hero is usually someone of importance or power who has a tragic flaw that affects his judgment and must then suffer the consequences Cassandra who has been cursed by Apollo to be a seer who will never be believed envisions the death of Agamemnon and herself It is in this vision that she sees an avenger who will bring justice to the murdered victims We will die but not without some honor from the gods There will come another to avenge us born to kill his mother born his fathers champion This vision proves to be very important when speaking about the innocence of Orestes and his heroism as well This vision also proves my belief of Orestes not being a true tragic hero Before the incident takes place we know that the gods have destined Orestes to avenge his fathers death Another way to prove Orestes innocence is through the god of sun song and prophecy better known as Apollo Early on in The Libation Bearers Orestes puts his faith in Apollo He declares Apollo will never fail me no his tremendous power his oracle charges me to see this trial through In others words Orestes was only doing what the gods told him to do Is doing what the gods told Orestes to do his harmartia Was avenging his father Agamemnon and killing his mother Clytaemnestra wrong even though the gods told him to perform the task It is a hard decision when a God threatens your life or pay their debt with your own
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