Meaning Of Revenge In Euripide

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Euripides ' Hekabe establishes a sense of understanding and empathy for those that take revenge and suggests that it may be justified depending on the situation. Using Hekabe 's anagnorisis (656-657) in which she discovers Polymestor, a man she has trusted with her son 's life, has killed him, Euripides creates a feeling of justification toward Hekabe and her tribe of women 's vengeful act of blinding Polymestor and killing his sons. Hekabe further comes to allow the audience to decide if it was just or not, using the dialogue in lines 1097-1224 to voice both Hekabe and Polymestor 's arguments, however uses Agamemnon 's monologue (1207-1220) to demonstrate how Hekabe 's revenge was ultimately justified. Hekabe 's plot for revenge begins as the servant bears the bad news. The servant brings in the corpse of her son and says "This one here is dead- / But you do not bewail him. / Look at the corpse. Prepare yourself." (653-655). This discloses how unexpected this news is- how lifechanging it will be for Hekabe. Her husband entrusted their son Polydoros ' life to Polymestor, and Hekabe expected her youngest and only remaining son to be safely returned. Upon seeing the face of her dead son, she cries out and her life and demeanor toward Polymestor change as she realizes she has done quite the opposite of keeping her son safe. In lines 656-662, she is just realizing what the Thracian king has done, trying to understand the betrayal of this situation. Only shortly thereafter
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