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Throughout Aeschyluss play, Oresteia, the theme of justice arises in the form of revenge. Clytemnestra proves this arising theme by murdering her husband, Agamemnon, to avenge her daughters sacrifice.

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Receiving Justice through Revenge Throughout Aeschylus's play, Oresteia, the theme of justice arises in the form of revenge. Clytemnestra proves this arising theme by murdering her husband, Agamemnon, to avenge her daughter's sacrifice. Agamemnon sacrificed their daughter in order to satisfy Artemis, the goddess that will also assure him a safe journey to war. Therefore, Clytemnestra tries to receive her justice through revenge. Clytemnestra's reasoning to murder Agamemnon is justified as not only a mother trying to revenge her daughter's death, but also politically, as a wife of the superior king. At the same time, Agamemnon's reasoning to commit his murders-his daughter's sacrifice could be justified as well. Agamemnon wants to be politically successful in the Trojan War, and socially a respected king. Although both Agamemnon and Clytemnestra each had their own justified reasons to commit their murders, looking at the situation form a different angle of justice, Clytemnestra's and Agamemnon's each justified reasoning can also be seen as injustice looking at the situation from a different perspective. ...read more.

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Agamemnon observes how "an unbearable fate will fall on him if [he] disobey[s] but how can [he] bear to slaughter [his] own daughter, the glory of [his] house? How can [he] stain [his] hands, the hands of a father with this young girls blood..?"(11) Agamemnon describes how he can not tolerate sacrificing his daughter just because he would get his hands dirty, meaning he might be cursed or rather looked down by the public for killing his daughter. In fact, Agamemnon's selfishness shows through out Agamemnon's passage on page 11- he does not even state Iphigenia's name, as if she is not significant. A name shows individuality and importance in some way, and by not mentioning her name, we can understand how she is just like a possession to him. Moreover, Agamemnon mentions how Iphigenia is "the glory of [his] house", which proves the point stronger that she is like a possession to him, she makes him look good since she is a virgin, pure and ready, again as a possession, to be given away to get married. ...read more.

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Clytemnestra emphasizes that "[Agamemnon] has suffered, deed for deed, for what he did to [their] daughter Iphigenia" (60) Perhaps Clytemnestra is trying to prove that Iphigenia is not only his, but hers as well. To justify Clytemnestra even more, as a wife, she might be furious, since after Agamemnon's victory in Troy, he brings Cassandra "... his prize won by the spear, his prophetess and prostitute..." (57). Clytemnestra probably feels betrayed, and unimportant. Plus, she might see Cassandra as a replacement or competition of hers. But at the same time, when Agamemnon goes to war, Clytemnestra commits adultery with Agamemnon's cousin Aegisthus, which shows us how she is unjustified. Just like Agamemnon could of thought about other consideration of sacrificing, she should of considered some other options to avenge her daughter's death, not by killing. Therefore, this is like a cycle, it brings us back to how Agamemnon is just. Receiving justice can be better portrayed as revenge that leads to a chain of violence, revenging for their rights. But in the end revenge will not solve anything, and someone could be justified in many different perspectives. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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