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Oedipus Rex and Religion

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In the tragic play Oedipus Rex, the concept of religion greatly influences the social structure which in turn has a profound effect on the events that unfold throughout the play. Oedipus is the head of the state. There is a direct parallel in the demise of his household and city state which eventually comes to a full circle to destroy him. Even though Oedipus is praised by his people for being a responsible and honest king, he possesses a major character flaw in his attitude towards the gods which causes the tragic torture he faces in the end. Over the duration of the play, there is a strong sense of contamination towards the state, because it is facing a time of plague, and towards the leader Oedipus, because he is unknowingly in a relationship with his own mother. The cleansing of the state can only occur if the ruler, Oedipus, and his ignorant ways are put to rest. The state and the household are directly linked to Oedipus. His incestuous ways are the outcome of anger from the gods for being intelligent and because the leader of the state is plagued with such a flaw the state must...


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...ter too proud and knowledgeable, is seen as a threat to the gods. Any threat to the gods is sure to result in the destruction of the threat in order to restore the balance in the chain of being. The above discussion shows support of how religion greatly influenced the lives of people and society's structure.

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Scholes Roberts, Comley R. Nancy, Klaus M. Carl, Staines David. "Oedipus Rex" Elements of literature, third Canadian edition. Eds. Robert Scholes et al. Oxford and New York; oxford University Press, 2004. 719-69.


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