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stooge | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 11, 2008 at 1:37 AM via web

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How do gods play an important role in the characters' lives in "The Oedipus Trilogy"?

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lauradrum | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted November 12, 2008 at 12:49 PM (Answer #1)

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The gods play multiple roles in the lives of the characters involved in the Oedipus Myth. First, King Laius and Queen Jocasta take their baby to the Oracle, and this Oracle predicts that Oedipus will kill his father and marry his mother. The oracle is a god - figure who warns the characters of a cursed future. The gods work as prophets who predict the lives of mortals. Secondly, gods are always upset with human's pride. Once a mortal shows immense pride in something, they are punished by the gods. King Creon thinks that he is more important than the gods. He has so much pride that he will not listen to the warnings of the Chorus nor the warnings of his son, Haimon. Because of this, his son dies and his wife kills herself - thus punishing Creon for his pride.

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