Saturday, October 1, 2016

Greek Mythology in Oedipus the King

The role of Greek gods is apparent in Athenian society and translates into Sophocles's use of invocation to the gods to depict their significance in society and in his play. One of the first instances where the role of gods is mentioned is when the chorus tells Oedipus that he is not as great as the gods, but is the best fit to help save the Athenian people. Oedipus, a very confident ruler, often tries to put himself on the same level as the gods. This is significant of his character because he lacks humility. Another point mentioned throughout the play in connection to Oedipus is blasphemy. As mentioned prior, Oedipus's confidence leads him to feel superior to the gods at some points, especially when he describes how he solved the Sphinx riddle and the gods did not. However, the Athenians recognize this and know that ultimately, the gods hold superiorty over anyone else in all they do; the gods are the supreme power. The Athenian people often call out and pray to the gods seeking salvation because they know that the true power lies in the hands of the gods.

1 comment:

Rickeia Coleman said...

I agree that the gods were an important part of Greek life. The Gods influenced them so much so that they were incorporated into everyday life such as theater, stories, festivals, etc. interestingly, almost the same thing happens in modern times. Many stories build from allusions to the bible such as original sin story. I think it's interesting how modern and ancient religion both have an effect on society even though it wouldn't seem like religion was the main focus of modern times.