© 2014 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.


Quote #10

(Orestes): "What would I be correct in calling it with temperate words – a thing to catch a wild beast, or a dead man's bath-wrap tented over him down to his feet? You might rather call it a net and snare, and foot-length robbing to trap his legs. It's the kind of thing a cheating rogue would get for himself, with a habit of swindling strangers and a life spent stealing money; his trickery with it would make away with many men, and bring his heart much warmth." (997-1004)

Tsk tsk, Orestes, so self-serving in the way you change the story to suit your own purposes. You're blaming your mother for using low-down trickery and deceit to kill Agamemnon, but did you forget that you just used an equal amount of trickery to kill her? Oh wait, he did say that you wanted to set things up "so that for killing a man of high honour by trickery they may be caught by trickery too, dying in the same noose" (556-559). Fine. You win this round.

back to top