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Vengeance plays an important role in the Oresteia trilogy as well as in the everyday system of justice in Greece at the time these plays were written As we see in the Oresteia every killer believes that he or she is righteous in their act as in their minds they are acting to correct a past wrongdoing against them or their family Even the ones who are committed to ending the viscous cycle of death in the House of Atreus only end up persisting it With all the murders in the House of Atreus who was really righteous in their act Well if you ask any of the killers they all were Clytemnesta claims that her murder of Agamemnon is due justice for the killing of her daughter Iphigeneia by Agamemnon Ag 1431-1433 and even gets angry at the Chorus for suggesting that she committed an act of evil and that Agamemnon was righteous in his Aegisthus proclaims that his part in the death of Agamemnon is justified by the act of Agamemnon father Atreus cooking and serving his brothers Aegisthus father Thyestes children to him Ag 1578-1582 Finally in the Libation Bearers Orestes tells his sister Electra that he has been given a divine order by Apollo to murder his mother for the death of their father Agamemnon or face death himself LB 268-296 Even the libation bearers as the Chorus tell Orestes that he would be righteous in the murder because the law demands fresh blood for the spilling of blood LB 400-404 Ironically this quote also gives hint to the fact that even Orestes act would bring the thirst for more bloodshed Orestes reiterates his right to avenge his fathers death with the spilling of his mothers blood as he displays the bodies of Clytemnestra and Aegisthus LB 973-990 So from the eyes of each perpetrator each was acting justly but in my opinion it was only Orestes
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