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  1. "Oedipus The King" by Sophocles
  2. "Medea" by Euripides
  3. "Prometheus Bound" by Aeschylus

In Greek mythological tragedies, there is a persistent belief among the characters that a variety of gods control the course of events and the actions of men and women. The gods took a variety of forms in these plays, and they would often speak directly with human beings and inform them about various courses that they should be taking in life. If we analyze three plays from the time, this mindset and strong belief that gods are in control of everything that occurs is prevalent. In the plays "Oedipus The King", by Sophocles, "Medea" by Euripides, as well as in "Prometheus Bound" by Aeschylus a strong and persistent belief in various gods drives much of the action in the story and is an essential element in the lives of all the characters.

[...] He believes that everything happens for a reason, and he is unwilling to attribute anything to chance. For example, when he suspects that it may be very possible that he is in fact fulfilling the prophecy, he states who first saw the light bred of a match accursed, and accursed in my living with them I lived with, cursed in my killing? (Sophocles, ancienthistory.about.com). When Oedipus finally discovers that the prophecy was in fact fulfilled and plucks out his own eyes, he considers himself a whom God too hates above all men on earth? (Sophocles, ancienthistory.about.com). [...]


[...] This story is a very extreme situation in which gods interact directly with humans, as was the case when Prometheus gave fire to mankind. It is also an example of a play in which gods develop their own personalities and interact directly with each other. Throughout the course of the play, gods directly drive the action and make influential decisions that affect the lives of the main characters. In ?Oedipus The by Sophocles, by Euripides, and ?Prometheus Bound,? by Aeschylus, all three tragic plays include important divine elements. [...]


[...] She states, ?What said the god? Speak, if I may hear to which Aegeus responds made me not loose the winskin's pendent neck (Euripides, ancienthistory.about.com). Here, a very serious dialogue about the gods, their preferences, and their answers to questions are discussed. Whether or not a person will have children or lead a good life depends on what the god's decide. When Medea decides that she will kill her own children in order to get revenge on her husband, Jason, it is a decision that she herself makes, based on her own cruelty and heartless nature. [...]

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