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Orestes An Innocent Hero Throughout time there has been a universal question that does not yet yield a universal answer All people have a different view on whether or not it is right to avenge the killing of another through the death of the killers In America during this day and age it is the obligation of the court system to decide whether or not a murderer should be put to death Most of the time the criminal is sentenced to a prison term but when a judge decides to issue the death penalty there is usually an uproar among the people Does the court now become a murderer along with the convicted felon or is the court an innocent body Is it a hero who is looked upon as the hand of justice or just another bad guy In the trilogy of The Oresteia we come across a similar situation When his jealous wife Clytaemnestra and his cousin Aegisthus kill Agamemnon the king of Argos it is up to his long lost son Orestes to avenge his death To the people of Argos and the house of Atreus Orestes was an innocent hero in yet another chess game played by the gods Deep into the first story of The Oresteia better known as Agamemnon Cassandra who has been cursed by Apollo to be a seer who will never be believed envisions the death of Agamemnon and herself It is in this vision that she sees an avenger who will come about and bring justice to the murdered victims We will die but not without some honor from the gods There will come another to avenge us born to kill his mother born his fathers champion The gods have sworn a monumental oath as his father lies upon the ground he draws him home with power like a prayer Aeschylus The Oresteia USA Penguin 1975 This vision proves to be
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