Orestes An Innocent Hero Essay

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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 …show more content…

As it turns out Apollo actually commanded Orestes to avenge the death of his father. We can see this clearly when Apollo literally says, “ I commanded him to avenge his father . . .'; (Aeschylus, 239) Orestes’ case was also helped when Apollo came forward and became his witness, and took part of the blame as well.
“I come as a witness. This man, according to custom, this suppliant sought out my house and hearth. I am the one who purged his bloody hands. His champion too, I share responsibility for his mother’s execution. Bring on the trial. You know the rules, now turn them into justice.'; (Aeschylus, 256)
Some may ask the Question, “Who is Apollo to say that this man is innocent, and why does his opinion matter?'; In this case, Apollo has a huge authority over all of the other gods and for one reason only. He is a servant of Zeus, and through Orestes, he has carried out

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