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Unformatted text preview: The Silent but Deadly Role of Apollo Apollo’s role in the trial, The Libation Bearers was an indirect influence, but yet seemingly influential in Orestes’s quest of Vengeance . Now, if history serves the memory correctly, The Libation Bearers and even Aeschylus’s entire trials, The Oresteia , is a representation of Athens coming into a new era . Apollo’s design throughout the trial is a representation of Athens setting about redefining itself and history by going against the Furies . Through an oracle Apollo’s will is carried out, threatening Orestes with horrible punishments, including leprosy and further exile if he does not agree to accept his quest of vengeance . Apollo’s designs are at first in line with the ancient order of the Furies, commanding Orestes to shed blood for blood . The chorus knows of the cursed blood cycle that the house of Atreus is consumed by and stated, “And the blood that Mother Earth consumes clots hard, it won’t seep through, it breeds revenge and frenzy goes through the guilty, seething like infection,...
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- Spring '11
- The Libation Bearers, Orestes, Aeschylus, Oresteia