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Is Orestes a tragic hero or a mother killer? id like to know your opinion related to this in a essay writen form to explain the both of them and the motives

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One possible way of approaching this question is through two perspectives: earthly and divine. From the earthly standpoint, one could argue that Orestes acts heroically in killing Clytemnestra. After all, she was responsible for murdering Orestes's father, Agamemnon, and, according to the standards of the time, this was a serious transgression of the law which needed to be punished with the utmost severity. At this time and in this culture, law was a private family matter, and so Orestes's response was perfectly in keeping with the standards of the time. According to the dictates of contemporary law and morality, then, Orestes's actions can indeed be justified.

On the divine level, however, it's a different story. From the gods' perspective, Orestes has...

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