The Gods Of Greek Mythology

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The gods in Greek mythology played a significant role in the human lives. They were the strongest, the most fearsome, more troublesome but also the most compassionated figures. They were viewed as the most powerful beings on earth and nothing could stop them, aside from others Gods. Everything that happened on earth was a result the storms, thunders, floods, plague, diseases and drought caused by the gods. They also controlled positive things such as rain and prosperity. The Greeks had ultimate respect for the gods. They show their admiration by doing rituals including prayers, sacrifices and celebrations to devote to the gods that they feared and loved in order to live in peace in the story “Oedipus the king”. Oedipus was the King of Thebes, aware that Thebes was going through a terrible curse, he send his brother-in-law, Creon to go seek guidance from the Apollo’s oracles. Creon informed Oedipus that if they found and banishes the one that killed the previous king Laius, which was murdered at the crossroad many years ago. Oedipus trying to do the right thing he searched for the culprit to put an end to the curse. He questions a lot of his citizen’s, including Tiresias who was a blind prophet. Tiresias told Oedipus that he as the one that killed Laius. He was not happy with that news and he thought they were trying a skim to overthrown him. His wife Jocasta tells him not to believe in the prophecy, because they have been wrong in the past. Then she tells him about the prophecy, that King Laius was supposed to die at the hand of his son, where the three road meet, and she was supposed to sleep with her own son, but that did not happen. Oedipus end up finding out that he was the one that killed king Laius and bedded his mother Jo... ... middle of paper ... ...w the story as Apollo being the saver guiding Oedipus to his salvation from all the sins that he had already made and was about to make. Some people argue that even though the gods impacted the story of Oedipus that his fate was in his own hands, that by he made the choices that brought everything upon himself. He got the pick the fate that he wanted, even though the gods were trying to warn him what, was to come of his horrible choices. One thing was certain that Oedipus didn’t run from his fate even when his choices were very hard and even if it was against the god Apollo or any other god. The gods could be either very merciful sometimes or very Vengeful. They did not take kind to other gods or especially human to disrespect them. Zeus, Athena and Apollo took part in the story, by dictating or helping Oedipus on his path, without the gods there would been no story.
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