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Justice in Aeschylus Eumenides The main point in Eumenides is the issue of justice Orestes stands accused of murdering his mother Like any case there are two sides However the argument against Orestes is strong He admits to striking down his mother in violation of the sacred bond of kinship I will not deny it-exacting the penalty of death in return for my dear fatherEumenides lines 463-464 This signifies that Orestes was fully aware of the act he was committing and he willfully committed it The bond between mother and child was broken when Orestes murdered Clytemnestra In the old order of things family is by blood only A husband and wife have no blood relation yet the son is of the same blood as his parents Clytemnestra is able to murder Agamemnon because they have no blood relation with each other The Furies right to vengeance cannot be dismissed Clytemnestra is determined to uphold the law of the furies She felt Agamemnons murder of Iphegenia at Aulis needed to be avenged Agamemnon killed his own blood relation in order to sail for Troy This too is a terrible crime seemingly of the same weight as Orestes act Clytemnestra believed she was justified in avenging her daughter because her husband violated a sacred tenant of the old gods This is Agamemnon my husband and a corpse the work of this right hand a just workmanAgamemnon1404-1406 This shows a clear morality behind Clytemnestra motives She appears to have justification for her actions The curse on the House of Atreus is fulfilled In the last lines of Agamemnon the chorus foreshadows Orestes return Clytemnestra responds by saying to her new husband Do not care for these idle barkings you and I ruling this house shall order all things for goodAgamemnon lines 1672-1673 The chorus purpose for suggesting Orestess return is to show that the house is not yet cleansed of the curse Like his mother Orestes
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