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The Theme Of Revenge In The Odyssey By Euripides

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Revenge in a prevalent theme in both The Odyssey by Homer and Medea by Euripides. Both stories reveal many different ways revenge is used throughout them. The odyssey is not only a story of a man’s journey home full of struggles, but also the consequences of revenge. This is a very important theme throughout the story because it explains to us why Odysseus’ journey home was so terrible. In the Odyssey, there are many different examples of this theme, a few being, Orestes’ revenge on Aegisthus, Poseidon’s revenge on Odysseus and Zeus’ revenge on Odysseus and his people. In the first book, Hermes told Aegisthus “Don’t murder the man, don’t court his wife. Beware, revenge will come from Orestes.” The theme of revenge in the Odyssey is very broad and focuses mainly on a few different characters. Some being Odysseus, Telemachus, Poseidon, and the suitors. The suitors are mainly disliked by Zeus. He thinks they are completely undeserving of any kind of attention from the Gods. Another big example of revenge in the Odyssey is when Odysseus blinded Poseidon’s son, the Cyclops, Poseidon then wanted revenge on Odysseus. Finally, when Odysseus made it back home, a plan was executed by him and Telemachus to get revenge on the suitors. Eventually Telemachus and his father ended up killing all of the suitors. Once the families of the suitors found out about all of the killings, they were instantly filled with fury. After they heard this news, they all wanted to kill Odysseus. Ever
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