Role of gods in oedipus rex
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  • 1. ROLE OF GODS IN OEDIPUS REX Yula Costa
  • 2. Ancient Greek Beliefs    Gods were linked to religion (polytheistic); the Greeks worshipped many gods. Many times they are seen as rulers and protectors of a place; Sophocles shows the other side The Greeks did not love their gods, but respected their power  
  • 3. The 4 Steps  Step 1: Blinding of mind. This means by either selfishness or another kind of "strong" feeling, someone thinks of doing something that the Gods are against or protective over that action. Step 2. Going over the limit. This means that somebody would act according to what they thought of in Step 1 which exceeds the limits that the Gods have set. In other words: Step 3: The Gods are angry with what you've done because it was over the limitations. Step 4: The Gods punish you for your actions.
  • 4. Apollo    Apollo was associated with law, philosophy, and the arts. He sometimes gave the gift of prophecy to mortals whom he loved He is considered the ideal of manly beauty; The arrows of Apollo and Artemis invariably killed and the Greeks explained epidemics of diseases by supposing that they were shooting their arrows at people; by praying to Apollo, the epidemic might stop. Apollo’s oracle tells the Thebans to either kill or drive out the guilty man, which will remove the source of pollution from Thebes.
  • 5. Chorus Sophocles uses the chorus to act as moral ground for the community being represented  In Oedipus, he has the chorus declare that religion is dying, since prophecies were not 
  • 6. The Main Reason     Show the skeptic idea of Sophocles Represent the main theme of Fate & Free Will “The Machine of the Gods“ - means that the gods are actually causing the play to happen The Shepard who was ordered to leave Oedipus on the mountain to die became an instrument of the gods' plan. He and the other Shepard, both tempted fate, but in a way that was pleasing to the gods. Because of their actions, the oracle was able to come true.The Shepard who witnessed Laius's death,exiled himself
  • 7. The Main Reason     Show the skeptic idea of Sophocles Represent the main theme of Fate & Free Will “The Machine of the Gods“ - means that the gods are actually causing the play to happen The Shepard who was ordered to leave Oedipus on the mountain to die became an instrument of the gods' plan. He and the other Shepard, both tempted fate, but in a way that was pleasing to the gods. Because of their actions, the oracle was able to come true.The Shepard who witnessed Laius's death,exiled himself