The “House of Atreus”: The Everlasting Cycle of Death Essay
In the “House of Atreus”, there is a cycle of death that is eventually broken. The ill-fated house contains a progressive series of sins that is set in action by the primary character Tantalus. The central message of the story is that human actions driven by human passions lead to an everlasting cycle of destruction, evil, and death; only with human reason and a sense of responsibility that comes from guilt can that cycle be broken.
The theme of relentless eternal sin is further shown by the conflict between arrogance and humility. Tantalus and his daughter Niobe defy the Gods and think of themselves as superior to all. They both are evil, and they represent the Greek driven acts by …show more content…
Orestes, the central character of the “House of Atreus”, using vengeance and justice, changes the fortunes of the evil-stricken parable. Orestes is the first person in the story who uses only reasons to come to a decision to kill. He bases the killing on logic, and he surpasses the temptation to be animalistic and thus does not use passions. At first, Orestes is troubled between seeking vengeance for