This quote shows that many Thebans have died from the plague that the Gods have unleashed. One can also argue that they seem this way due to the fact that they waited till Oedipus had become the king of Thebes to punish him and his parents for attempting to go against his prophecy and in turn, attempting to disobey the word of the Gods. However, their not interrupting with Oedipus’ fate can be correlated to the belief that our fates are pre-determined and irreversible, it may have been impossible for the Gods to interfere even if they wanted to. This shows how powerful the ruling cosmic order of fate was; even the Gods could not act against it. The Gods also give an impression of being easily angered as Oedipus essentially wanted to prevent his horrible fate of killing his father and bedding his mother, which is a reasonable notion but Oedipus still angered the Gods despite his honest
Oedipus’ crime is quite simply his attempt to escape his own fate. While others may argue that Oedipus’ crimes were murder and incest, this cannot be the case because although these are despicable actions, the blame for these cannot be placed on Oedipus as this was his fate, which he cannot dictate. In addition, if the crime had been incest, Oedipus’ mother and wife Jocasta would have been punished akin to Oedipus. Instead it is Oedipus’ attempt to escape his fate that serve as his crime because if he had not attempted this his fate could have been delayed. This places a degree of responsibility upon Oedipus for bringing his fate to fruition so soon and as such he becomes culpable for the crimes entailed within his fate.
Revolution tried to debunk the ox trick, but Mubarak and his entourage were clever enough to outmaneuver them and aborted any attempt of political reform. Because they lacked sufficient experience and a clear vision, it was foretold that they would be imprisoned and received punishment as terrible as that of Prometheus, while “Mubarak 's generals and policemen who have the last laugh” (Alexander). Aeschylus’s Prometheus Bound Whether the trilogy of Prometheus Pound, Prometheus Unbound and Prometheus the Fire Bringer were written by Aeschylus or not (Ruffell 14-5), Prometheus Bound reflects both a rebellious spirit and a belief in human progress. Though Prometheus was against the tyrant, they were eventually reconciled. In Aeschylus’ trilogy,
One of Antigone 's tragic flaws is her loyalty to the gods and, conversely, her disloyalty to King Creon. At the beginning of the play, Creon puts out an order that Antigone 's brother, Polynices, may not be buried because he was a traitor. This is unacceptable to Antigone, and she is determined to honor the gods and give her brother a rightful burial, even if it means being executed for disobeying Creon 's orders. Antigone 's determination to honor the gods and her brother is one of her
The first thing that needs to be investigated is the limitation of the metaphysical powers that the gods really have. Regardless of all these powers, there are somethings that are beyond the control of the gods. The text gives an example of this by pointing out the fact that “Zeus…is unable to force the Olympians to comply with his wishes” because he is either “unwilling or unable to do so” (Harris and Platzner 243). This leads us to a second comment in the text, that the gods have absolutely no control over the behavior of men (Harris and Platzner 243). In investigating the first point we can ask why Zeus is unwilling to force his will on the other gods?
He stated that what makes killing wrong is neither the effect on the murder, nor the effect on the victim’s relatives or friends, but the effect is on the victim himself. The loss of life is a great lose one can suffer from. The loss of life deprives the individual from experiences, projects, activities and enjoyments that would have been part of his/her future. So killing is wrong because it deprives the individual from his future. Therefore abortion is impermissible because it will deprive the fetus from his/her future.
Furthermore, Creon would interrupt this conversation by sarcastically saying, “One has just now lost her mind; the other, It seems, has never had a mind at all.” From this statement, we continue to learn about the insecurities of Creon and his inappropriate behavior. Moreover, we learn that Sophocles also uses stereotypes as it is seen in his character in Creon. Creon’s quotes describing and belittling the power of women shows his sexist views. Even if greek society in this period was male dominant, Creon exhibits a greater level of disgust towards women. His quote “For they are but women, and even brave men run” (214) exemplifies his sexist views as he describes women as nothing merely great or important while he said of men as brave.
Antigone suffers by virtue of being a woman while the Shepard suffers by virtue of being part of the common working class. Their right are not considered as being equal to the orders of their rulers resulting in absolute orders being meted out into unjust acts (Kovacs 56). This shows that Greek society is basically hierarchical wherein women and ordinary workers are not thought of as having the same social rights or even having the capacity to have proper justice be given to them. In fact, it is implied throughout the stories that the concept of justice is one that is based on the intercession and will of the Gods rather than it being in the hands of humans. This creates the notion that for ordinary people, justice is something they have to pray for and not something that is given to them by virtue of their inalienable human rights (Nassaar 148).
Teiresias is physically blind but one would consider Oedipus eyeless as he can’t see the true power of god and thinks of himself as an immortal. This is connected to the theme as even after knowing the consequences of hubris, he still acts hubristically. One might think that he does this because he is ignorant, which is blinding him from seeing the truth. It might also be possible that his hubris is causing him to see the truth differently from
And Jason’s decision, his action, is one of betrayal. He is breaking a holy oath he made to her. Vows in Classical Greece were made under the watch of a god or several gods, in order to ensure their legitimacy, and to ensure one does not break them for fear of holy retribution. These oaths did not matter to Jason. Medea would have to live in shame, cast aside by her own husband for a younger princess bride.