Theban Trilogy By:Sophocles
*The use of prophecy*
The Oedipus plays have many things in common. Characters, metaphors, and the gods affect on the peoples daily lives. Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone all base themselves around prophecy; the undeniable god said future that the greeks believed above all else. The first book is defiantly the most grotesque. It is based around the prophecy that oedipus will kill his father and marry his mother. His parents, King Lius and Queen Jocasta of Corinth learn of this at his birth. So to prevent it they break his ankles and put him on Mount Cithaeron to dispose of him, but he survives and goes to live with King Polybus and Queen Moreope of Thebes. When he turns 18 he goes to see the oracle at Delphi and hears the original prophecy, not knowing he was adopted he leaves Thebes for Corinth! During his journey he meets an old man and kills him (this man is King Lius his real father). When he gets to Corinth the people make him king since he saved them. Their old king is dead so he marries the queen (Jocasta his mother). The greeks believed that prophecies were undeniable. Although to me it seems that if his parents had not tried to stop the prophecy in the first place it would not have occurred at all. If you can say anything about the greeks it is that they have strong faith. In Oedipus at Colonus Oedipus has been walking aimlessly ever since he was banished for incest. His daughter has been his guide(due his blindness) (he blinded himself in the last book when he learned what he did) for the last 20 years. After he left his brother in law, Creon took over but now his sons, Polyneices and Eteocles want the crown. A new Prophecy has been given that says whoever has the body of Oedipus in their possession dead or alive will win the war and the crown. So his son Polyneices and Creon (who is working with Eteocles) both come to retrieve him Creon though force...
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