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Oedipus Rex (By Sophocles) Analysis Essay In The Form Of An Interview (Easily Edited) Includes Quotes From The Text And Line References

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THE INTERVIEWDefying the will of the gods, such as Creon leaving Polynices' body unburied in Antigone seems to be a serious offence. How does the will of the gods influence life in Athens?Sophocles: The will of the gods are largely influencial ideals in Greek life. By largely I mean that everyone lives their lives in constant fear of the gods in the knowledge that one wrong move to offend them and they could be doomed for eternity. The tragedy of Antigone is that Creon knows he is defying the will of the gods, but his pride overcomes him and he doesn't attempt to redeem himself until it's almost too late. Even then he doesn't listen properly to the prophet Tiresias, and destroys his last chance for redemption. As Creon says- " He whom the state appoints must be obeyed to the smallest matter, be it right- or wrong." (lines 651-724)Mrs Bendall: So oracles are used as a medium to inform the will of the gods.Sophocles: Yes, the will of the gods are spoken through prophets and oracles, such as Tiresias, who appears in both Oedipus Rex and Antigone, and warns both Oedipus and Creon of impending doom, that they both choose to ignore at their own peril. Prophets and Oracles act as perhaps a more sympathetic side to the gods, warning of events to come and consequences of actions. In this way it doesn't seem quite so horrible of the gods when someone dies and are sent straight to Hades and not the Ellisian fields. They do have a chance to make things right- the gods don't like to look bad.Mrs Bendall: You said that in choosing to ignore the gods and value man's law above the heavenly, Oedipus and Creon were sentencing themselves to death.Sophocles:Yes, overwhelming pride- or as we call it, hubris, and the clouding of one's vision through the simple mistake of taking oneself too seriously is a focus in both Oedipus Rex and Antigone. Oedipus refuses to see that he was the criminal he was looking for, and Creon takes his own wills and laws above those of the gods. This is an enormous mistake in our society, as to value yourself over any other being, is not only narcissistic and naiive, but is guaranteed to bring nothing but grief- once again, as Creon says "I am king, and responsible only to myself" (lines 725-782)Mrs Bendall: The context that Oedipus Rex was written in was the outbreak of the Peloponnesian war, was it not? And you were, are- sorry- General of Athens. Was Oedipus Rex intended as a political message to the people of the time?Sophocles: I suppose it could be seen as not just a political statement, but a general statement to everyone. It's definitely relevant to the war with which we are now faced, if each citizen remembers that he or she is part of an important whole, and that every action he or she makes affects others lives, then we should be alright. I hope. I think that in that sense it is favorable that people do live according to the gods will and not theirs, as it is far more beneficial to Athens if we are all fighting the same war- so...

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