The House of Auteur is one of the finest examples of uncontrollable fate in all of ancient literature. The lineage to Auteur is steeped in the spilling of family blood starting with Tantalus and continuing with Agamemnon, However it is Auteur who is responsible tort the curse on the family, since he was the one who tricked Theses into eating his children. It this one event that caused the continuation of family bloodshed and forced family members of the House of Auteur to fulfill their obligatory fate upon one another.
The story of the House of Auteur begins with Tantalus, the half immortal son of Zeus. He holds a banquet for the gods and decides to cut up and serve his son Plops for the gods to feast upon, and Tantalus feels that this sacrifice will be taken in high regard by the gods and Plops Pupil be restored. He is correct since his son is restored but the gods condemn Tantalus to an eternity of damnation due to his sin Of hubris.
Later on in his life Plops has two sons, Theses and Auteur, and it is these two that enact the curse upon the family and condemn all future family members to an inevitable fate. Theses was the one Who was meant to rule the kingdom of Mycenae, but his brother Auteur took control instead and in an act Of revenge Theses sleeps With Auteur’ Wife. Pretending to grant mercy, Auteur invites Theses out of exile to a great feast to set aside their differences.
At this feast Auteur fools Theses into eating his two children, and because of this act Theses curses Auteur and his entire family for eternity. It is this one act that seals the fate of Agamemnon and even his wife Clytemnestra to a terrible death, The story of the Agamemnon focuses around the king of Mycenae Agamemnon as he is set to lead his men in the Trojan War. Before they set sail for Troy Agamemnon soldiers kill a pregnant rabbit and do not otter proper thanks to the Goddess Artemisia.
Artemisia then withholds the winds so the ships can not set sail and will only do so once Agamemnon has sacrificed his daughter Phasing. Stuck with this terrible dilemma Agamemnon decides to be the heroic king to his soldiers and sacrifices his daughter, once again spilling family blood in the House of Auteur The men set sail for Troy and it takes ten years for the men to sack the walls of Troy and return home. During this time Clytemnestra has an affair with Strategist, who is the last surviving son of Theses, and plots to kill Gag anemone to avenge the death of her daughter Phasing. Upon returning home, Clytemnestra lulls Agamemnon into a false sense Of security by continuously flattering him until she finally traps him in a net in his bath and stabs him to death. Clytemnestra also kills Agamemnon prophetic concubine Cassandra, who welcomed the death since she had foreseen both murders. Clytemnestra then boldly proclaims her right to avenge her daughter’s death and Strategist then takes credit for the murders and becomes king of Mycenae. Unfortunately, nice family blood was once again spilled in the House of Auteur by Clytemnestra her exiled son Rooster returns and kills both Strategist and Clytemnestra, Rooster is then tormented by the Furies for most of his life until the gods relinquish this punishment thus ending the curse upon the House of Auteur Every story about the House of Auteur has one family member killing another thus setting in motion a chain reaction. Another family member feels Obligated to avenge their fallen loved ones and kills their murderer. This action causes a never-ending cycle due to the curse placed upon the family.
Agamemnon begins this deadly cycle by sacrificing his daughter Phasing to Artemisia. This murder then causes Clytemnestra to avenge her dearly loved daughter and kill Agamemnon and Cassandra, who unfortunately had no choice in coming to this cursed house. After the murder of Agamemnon, Clytemnestra pleads for no more evil to be spread in the house since her actions have sealed her inevitable fate. To avenge the death of Agamemnon Electra has her brother Rooster kill both Clytemnestra and Strategist, and he is then tormented by the Furies until he is alleviated by the gods.
As it can be seen from all these stories, each family member’s obligation to avenge the other just furthers the curse and furthers the spilling of family blood in a vicious never-ending cycle. The House of Auteur’ curse began with Auteur killing Theses sons and ended with Rooster killing Clytemnestra. When family blood is spilled in the House of Auteur it sparks a chain reaction of vengeful murders, which is carried on for generations. The curse and the obligations of the family members display the inevitability of fate and that it will always be fulfilled in one way or another,