Biding its time, a wrath unreconicled,
A wily watcher, passionate to slake,
In blood, resentment for a murdered child.”
Clytemnestra feels he did this for military reasons although Agamemnon claims it was for the Gods. Is that enough reason for Clytemnestra to claim justice and for the Gods to find her innocent? She firmly says to Electra:
“There is no denial in me. Justice,
Justice it was that took him, not I alone.
You would have served the cause of Justice if you had been right-minded.” (.526-9)
Some may argue that her joy was enough to show them that it was more of a personal vengeance rather than a divine cost. If queen Clytemnestra is justified in killing her own husband then the question that must be asked is, is Electra or someone else justified in killing the Queen? Electra says:
“In such a state, my friends, one cannot be moderate and restrained nor pious either.
Evil is all around me, evil is what I am compelled to practice.”( .306-9)
This is a perfect example of an “eye for an eye” mind set, Electra know what has to done to keep dike. This cycle could be never ending, could someone be justified in killing Clytemnestra’s murderer then? Clytemnestra and Electra are both willing to sacrifice themselves in order to bring what they think justice is into the world. The chorus speaks to Clytemnestra:
“You are great in your plans, arrogant in your talk – exactly as your mind is mad from this event and the gore which drips from it; the thick smear of blood in your eyes is obvious. Payment in return you have still to make, and you shall be deprived of your friends; a blow is to pay for a blow.” (1425-1430)
This is when the chorus realizes what she has done and they prevent a view of justice or even a warning to her “a blow is to pay for a blow” or whatever you did to someone else, you should get the same back in return.
After Orestes, the only son of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra killed Aegisthus to avenge his father he continues his revenge and takes his own mother life. Orestes is pursued by the Furies, defended by Apollo, and, ultimately, saved by the deciding vote of the goddess Athena. According to Athena the killing of Orestes father is more…