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Trilogies of Greek drama are sometimes based upon a reoccurring theme In Aeschylus The Orestia the theme of the curse on the house of Atreus foreshadows the fate of the trilogies characters The curse is based upon the revenge ethic It is believed that justice and personal revenge belongs to the insulted or to someone directly related preferably blood In this case justice is carried out by murder In the first play of Aeschylus trilogy The Agamemnon Agamemnons death is partially caused by the brutal curse on the house of Atreus His wifes Clytemnestra lover Aegistus takes part in the murder of Agamemnon to take revenge for what Agamemnons father did to his father chopping up all of Aegistus siblings and cooking them in a stew for his father to eat This is how Aegistus justifies the killing and explains that his unwitting father took those unsuspicious parts and ate seeing him fast at last Judgments winding sheet p 94-95 This act of revenge continues the curse which just leads to more destruction in the proceeding plays Since the curse continues it is someones duty is avenge the death of Agamemnon In The Libation Bearers his son Orestes comes out of exile with the news of his fathers death to take revenge on the murders his mother and her lover He too like Aegistus blames his revenge of the wretched curse When Orestes is talking at his fathers grave to the Lords of the Underworld he grieves about the horrible curse See it you that seethe from the dead See it collapsing this remnant of Atreus a house in dishonor and lost p 122 However since Orestes has committed such a horrible crime he is sent to trial for the murders of Clytemnestra and Aegistus He must convince the jury of twelve to understand the curse and why he had to commit such a horrific crime Athena delivers the verdict which sets Orestes free
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