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Revenge as a Symbol of Power Revenge in Homers Odyssey symbolizes the strength of a person or family with their ability to repay evil thus clearing their name of shame by winning glory and respect Revenge is an act or instance of retaliating in order to get even it is an opportunity to show personal strength The theme is present in different examples throughout the Odyssey The vengeance of Orestes Agamemnons son upon Aegeisthos for killing his father Poseidon avenging Odysseus for injuring his son Cyclops and Phoeacians for helping Odysseus finally the protagonist himself avenging the suitors for their disrespectful arrogant behavior Revenge brings rising action into the epic The climax of the book is built entirely upon it It is not without a reason that Homer devoted such important parts of the book to this theme This symbolic placement emphasizes the important role revenge played in Greek society This essay will follow the development of the theme as it appears in the beginning middle in medias res and the end In the beginning of the Odyssey there is an example of how revenge can be used as a way to restore family honor and win glory Orestes took revenge he killed Aegeisthos who killed his famous father- cut him like an ox a victim in rich lords halls during a feast If he had died on the fields of Troyaway from home in full flush of gloryall Acheas would have raised his tomband he would have won his sons great fame But Agamemnon died a wretched ignominious death113 Agamemnons death is described as shameful for a hero he is compared in a Homeric epic simile to an animal sacrificed for a feast Such comparison of a war hero with an animal emphasizes lowering of the status of the warrior All his deeds in Troy could not make up for his inability to see truth behind the lies This mistake cost
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