He was the first of the great Greek tragedians, preceding both Sophocles and Euripides, and is credited by many as having invented tragic drama. Prior to Aeschylus, plays were more rudimentary, consisting of a single actor and a chorus offering commentary.
This trope, which happens a lot in the less idealistic revenge stories insofar as revenge stories can get idealisticdemonstrates the fundamental flaw in the common warping of the moral maxim " do unto others as you want others to do unto you " Oresteia revenge "Do unto others what they did unto you".
The actual Golden Rule is about always attempting to look at things from the perspective of others, freely forgiving wrongs, and believing that no one should have to suffer at all, even if they deserve to.
Because of the complex web of genetic and social bonds that one forms over a lifetime, as well as the interactions between everyone entangled in that web, revenge might well begin with you but it most likely will not end with you.
If he deserved to be treated how he treated you, his loved ones may also believe that you deserve to be treated like you treated him too.
And yours may believe the same. And so on and so forth. The result of this is frequently what is called a Blood Feud or Vendetta. Frequently in these stories, no side is completely wrong, no one is really rightboth are very understandable, and such stories are usually painful to watch.
Moral Myopia often deepens it, when both sides think that treating one of theirs is worth treating a dozen of the othersand so attempt to inflict that many torments and deaths in retribution. The escalating body count creates a vicious circle that spreads out like a virus, causing more and more casualties as it goes on, until it ends with one party if not both of them getting wiped out entirely or being stopped.
The Cycle of Revenge is one way to show that "two wrongs make a right" is a logically fallacious claim by deconstructing its as use as justification for vengeance.
It, more often than not, results in A Tragedy of Impulsiveness. It's also very common in gangster Oresteia revenge, with the average gangster character avenging the death of a friend upon a rival gangster who may very well have had a similar motivation for his killing, as well as Romeo and Juliet-style Feuding Families stories.
A lesser form of this tends to occur when two characters have a prank competition. Very unfortunate Truth in Televisionand Older Than Feudalism ; the Lensman Arms Race and Serial Escalation of vengeance upon vengeance makes up much of the history of the human race, with examples like the infamous assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand which triggered World War I which then fueled Germany's Roaring Rampage of Revenge in World War IIand blood feuds elsewhere that are still going on to this very day, with no one remembering just what started it, but motivated by all the violence that followed, with each successive revenge motivating the victims or others connected to them to strike back at the one who took the initial revenge.
A note on the "eye for an eye" maxim: According to this theory, those who laid down this rule believed that this limitation would ensure satisfaction of the Golden Rule for everyone and put a brake on the entropy of such vicious cycles.
According to another theory, espoused by Jewish rabbis, the Hebrew actually implies that monetary compensation can be given in place of the eye, with the amount of the compensation to be the same regardless of whose eye was harmed hence, "eye for an eye". Unfortunately, given human nature in general, people didn't much listen especially when "monetary compensation" simply led to unjust instances of Screw the Rules, I Have Money!
But it rarely worksas chances are you'll be punished anyway for extra salt in the wounds, the enemy in question, especially if a Jerkass who deserved it, will continue their misdeeds unhamperedcontinuing to ruin the lives of people, you still being one of them.
Or you could just exterminate the opposing party until there's no one left to want revenge on you. But it rarely worksbecause there's always a survivor. Or everyone can agree to only take revenge against the wrongdoing individual and to not avenge those who deserved what they gotbut Moral Myopia and Poor Communication Kills tend to get in the way.
But this rarely works eitherso Used poorly, this trope can come off as a False Dichotomysuggesting that if someone kills your loved one then your options are to either kill their loved one or let the person who killed your loved one get away with it. In reality you can narrow your revenge only to the guilty party i.
Of course then your enemy's loved ones might try Avenging the Villain. After all, if he was evil to you doesn't mean he wasn't loving to them.
Sure, you can get the title of being the number one fighter, but you have to take lives to do so. At the end of Resurrection, Afro has come to accept this. On reclaiming the Number One headband, he goes to a child whose adoptive father Afro killed in front of him — the same way Afro's father was killed in front of him — and hands him the Number Two headband, with a quiet, "Any time you're ready".
One example from volume 2: Seryu's father was killed on duty as an Imperial Guard, so she vowed to be strong enough to avenge his death, and then the Night Guard kills Ogre, who not only was a Guard Captain, but also her master.
So she swears revenge on the Night Guard. When she runs into Mine and Sheele, it becomes clear that Seryu's a bit too far off the deep end as she bisects Sheele, leaving Mine, in turn, with the desire to avenge her. Tatsumi swears revenge, too, but is quickly snapped out of it.
And it doesn't stop there. Brought up in Attack on Titanin regards to the Marley vs.“The Oresteia” (comprising “Agamemnon”, “The Libation Bearers” and “The Eumenides”) is the only surviving example of a complete trilogy of ancient Greek plays (a fourth play, which would have been performed as a comic finale, a .
Revenge is a force unto itself, able to control the characters’ actions and to create a sense of inexorable momentum as the play moves towards its bloody climax. The Libation Bearers illustrates the power of revenge by showing over and over how each of the characters’ arcs is motivated by a desperate need for, or fear of, retaliation.
Like the Oresteia, Webster’s play presents us with cycles of revenge, where deaths are caused and then must be avenged by relatives of the deceased. But, unlike in the Oresteia, public justice does not swoop down to stop the excesses of private justice.
The theme of "Revenge" is also closely connected with the theme of "Justice and Judgment." Agamemnon, if you remember, is only the first part of a three-part series of tragedies entitled the Oresteia. Clytemnestra's lover, Aegisthus (Thyestes's only surviving son), seeks revenge for that crime.
Moreover, Agamemnon sacrifices his daughter, Iphigenia, to gain a favorable wind to Troy, and Clytemnestra murders him to avenge her death. The below artworks are the most important by Francis Bacon - that both overview the major creative periods, and highlight the greatest achievements by the artist.
Artwork description & Analysis: Three Studies launched Bacon's reputation in the mid s and shows the importance of biomorphic.