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Are the gods in control of their own destinies There are many quotes relating to this topic in The Eumenides but I found one that particularly sparked this question for me But I shall give the suppliant help and rescue forif I willingly fail him who turns to me for aidhis wrath before gods and men is fearful thing Lines 232-234 In this quotation spoken by the god of prophecy Apollo he admits that he is in some way forced to protect Orestes just as the Chorus of Furies is in some way forced to hunt him as well as all other who commit matricide or any other type of murder involving blood relatives I cannot be sure if these are the roles that they chose for themselves or if some pre-destiny has already been established for them at the beginning of existence in the time of Uranus or before that even Apollo pretty much states that his existence is to protect and assist humans such as Orestes as if it were his eternal fate Unlike the Furies he shows no real personal preference about his fate which intertwines with humans to me he goes about assisting Orestes as if it were a job which he merely feels obligated to carry out He feels no real personal connection with his defendant Orestes He does however I believe have a zeal for this case because of the archaic and even vile and twisted punishments that are dealt out by some the most ancient goddesses the Furies They are obstinate in their belief in the old laws one of which looks upon matricide as one the worst crimes committable They still live in the old times and old laws of the time before Zeus and do not understand why they do not command the fear andor respect they feel they deserve from both humans and gods alike for there age and stature which they believe they
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