scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 2,088
Justice was Revenge The Greek playwright Aeschylus explores the theme of justice in The Oresteia a compilation of three plays which traces the progress of justice Agamemnon the earliest play in the trilogy portrays justice as revenge Aeschylus vivid imagery depicts Agamemnon returning home from the battle of Troy only to be savagely murdered by his wife Clytemnestra According to the old law of ancient times when a blood relative is murdered the next of kin must avenge that murder Consequently in the second play titled The Choephoroe Orestes must avenge his fathers murder but in order to do so he must murder his own mother Nonetheless according to this logic the Erinyes will punish him for the murder of his mother but if he should fail to avenge his father they will punish him 211 This creates an interesting dilemma for the young protagonist Aeschylus injects a ray of hope into this bloodstained collection by creating a feasible resolution The third play Eum enides endeavors to satisfy the Erinyes and the humans by transforming justice as revenge into civic justice The Oresteias representation of justice simply as revenge in the first play shifts to become a justice based upon ethics and deliberation in the third play Aeschylus forces the reader to ponder the thin line between right and wrong by presenting a problem which the protagonist must overcome Aeschylus introduces the theme that one crime breeds another and provides a history of sinfulness for which must eventually be punished The theme of revenge can be traced back two generations to the time of Agamemnons father Atreus who had quarreled violently with his brother Thyestes As a result of this quarrel Atreus killed Thyestess sons and fed them to him at a reconciliation banquet Thyestes overcome with horror produced a child with his surviving daughter The offspring of that sexual union was Aegisthus the future lover and coconspirator of Clytemnestra
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA