Loyalty In Oedipus The King

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In the play, “Oedipus the King”, the Ancient Greek cultural value of loyalty to and dependence on the gods is constantly demonstrated throughout. In the beginning of “Oedipus the King,” before Jocasta is introduced into the play, the importance of being loyal to and dependent on the gods is illustrated. The story begins with a priest saying that Oedipus solved the Sphinx riddle “with God’s assistance” (Sophocles 434). Greeks were dependent on the gods and did not believe that they could achieve great things without the support of the gods. Next, the cultural value of being loyal to the gods is shown by the reason the people of Thebes believed they have had the plague put upon them: “We have not come as suppliant to this altar because we…show more content…
Loyalty to the gods is first shown in the end when Creon is choosing what to do with Oedipus. Creon and Oedipus were not on good terms, because just hours earlier, Oedipus threatened to have Creon killed. Creon could have easily had revenge, but, instead chooses to “learn from the God the course of action I [he] should follow” (Sophocles 468). Creon shows his allegiance by not taking the chance he has, doing whatever he wants with Oedipus, and choosing to ask the gods how Oedipus should be punished. Creon’s steadfast act proves that he puts the gods before himself. The next act of being loyal to the gods is shown by Creon when refusing to have a burial for Jocasta, his own sister. Although it is never actually stated in the play, it is inferred when Oedipus has to “beseech” Creon so that Jocasta might get a funeral and Creon never agrees (Sophocles 469). Those who commit suicide are not supposed to get a funeral, so Creon never agrees and remains faithful to the gods. A last example of the Greek cultural value of being devoted to the gods is made visible by the reason that Oedipus is accursed. Creon finally tells Oedipus to “not seek to be master in everything” (Sophocles 470). Because Oedipus relied so heavily on himself, instead of being loyal the gods, he greatly suffered. Because Sophocles wrote the play so that Oedipus would suffer for not being loyal,

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