Oedipus The King

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Analyze and compare the role of prophets, and in particular, Teiresias in Sophocles’ Oedipus the King and Cassandra in Aeschylus’ Agamemnon. Prophets and prophetess played an important role in the Greek mythology. The blind prophetess Tiresias is considered to be an infallible source of information and prophecies. He appears frequently in Greek tragic myths. One of her most highly memorable prophecy is her warning to Oedipus, king of Thebes in Sophocles' Oedipus Rex. She warned him that he was the land’s pollution. However in the drama, king Oedipus did not believe him and begins his painful search for truth about himself. Therefore one can deduce that Gods were an integral part of the ancient Greek world. Gods controlled the fate of the…show more content…
She can warn people of the tragic doom however she is always unsuccessful. One can also point out to the society around Cassandra who is unable to correctly interpret her predictions. Ancient Greeks were known to have strong sense of hospitality and relationship between the host and the guests. The sense continued during the golden period of Athens when Aeschylus wrote the play. Aeschylus played with the audience sense of hospitality and piety when introducing Cassandra in her strong personality as a stranger in the land. Cassandra was a prophetess but considered mad. Therefore Cassandra’s social powerlessness compliments her ability to change her fate. She is the vision and hop present among the people help however the people don’t understand her. Each character is a story has a purpose to play. In Sophocles’ Oedipus the King, Tiresias is the prophet who acts as a motivator and is the major propelling force behind the main character Kind Oedipus throughout the story. Tiresias controls the fate of the kind through the values such as truth, knowledge and faith. As a prophet, it is obligated on Tiresias to tell the truth. He himself claims that “Yes, if the truth has anything of strength.” And by using this power, he controls the fate of Kind Oedipus. It is believed that Tiresias can access the thoughts of Apollo. He is most reluctant to share his knowledge with King Oedipus at the beginning.…show more content…
The prophets had access to vast knowledge on future. They understood the complexities of life. On the other hand, the people lacked both the knowledge of the world and the self-knowledge. Therefore the role of the prophet was to act as a blessing of the Gods and guide the people. They had the ability to motivate people to change their destiny. However it was up to the people whether they follow or not follow the prophets. The purpose of the predictions was to guide. Either people were blinded by their own ignorance or it was the curse of the god, the prophets always made their predictions to change the fate of the people. It is however unfortunate that the role of the prophet differed due to the changing situations and circumstances as in case of Tiresias and Cassandra. And God played an important role in changing the position of the prophet. Cassandra was never believed by people due to Apollo’s curse while Tiresias was able to change fate of Oedipus due to Apollo’s gift of

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