What Role Does Vengeance Play in Greek Myth

Vengeance is a central subject in Greek literature, an aspect that illustrates the foundation of the Greek myths and society in general. In the real sense, revenge has been critical in appealing fantasy among the readers of Greek works, as well as bringing out the atrocious nature of humans. This would mean that vengeance clearly draws a line between the human and inhuman- civilization and barbarisms- boundaries of human beings.&nbsp.

In the compilation of Littleton, Greek mythology is one that includes the myth of Electra2. Electra was the daughter of Agamemnon, the then king of Mycenae3. Littleton continues to bring out the story that when Electra’s mother killed her father, Electra had no option but to plan for her mother’s death4. This she did with the help of her brother5. From the work of Littleton, Electra is drawn as frustrated and helpless6. Electra’s fairy tale begins with the Trojan War when her father Agamemnon was sent off to fight in Troy. While Electra’s father was away in the war, her mother, Clytemnestra, and Aegisthus- her father’s cousin- became lovers7. On the other hand, Electra waited for her father’s return in anticipation. This was, however, not to take a short period of time, as Agamemnon returns after 10 years. He nonetheless did not return alone, but with a mistress, Cassandra who was King Priam’s daughter, the then king of Troy8. In a few hours of Agamemnon’s return, Clytemnestra and Aegisthus killed both Agamemnon and his mistress.
Four years later with Electra mourning the death of her father, Littleton indicates that she arranged for revenge, as she felt betrayed by this death9. This was arranged by Orestes, his cousin, and friend- Mycenae, who went to the royal palace. The three disguised themselves as travelers, so as to gain entry and assassinate Clytemnestra and Aegisthus10. This would clearly explain the closeness of Electra to her father, and how passionate she was to hurt her mother regardless of the situation11.