In Ancient Greece

In Ancient Greece, citizens believed that the Greek mythologies inspired their way of life. In Aristotle’s tragic play, Oedipus, the majestic King of Thebes has been portrayed as a strong and honorable king who believes more in his decisive aptitude, than fate. The people recognized him to be confident, compassionate, and expeditious in his actions, as he had been determined to save the city from the plague. “We have come to you to make our prayer as to the man surest in mortal ways, and wisest in the ways of gods, you saved us. The citizens of Thebes, hold King Oedipus in the highest esteem. However, while Oedipus has been a brilliant leader of men, he was also prideful. Unfortunately, he was also quite vain given the power he had over the people. Oedipus was frantically sympathetic to the plight of his people and wanted to find a cure for the ending the plague.”But my spirit groans for the city, for myself, for you, “Great Oedipus, O Powerful King of Thebes!” Teiresias, the fortune-telling prophet who was blind, was summoned to the kingdom by Oedipus. Fortunately, Teiresias can see the truth through his prophecy, but he only speaks in riddles. This infuriates Oedipus. “How dreadful knowledge of the truth can be, when there’s no help in the truth!” Consequently, Teiresias despises Oedipus and the verbal conflict between them is formidable. Furthermore, Creon, Oedipus’s brother-in-law, brings news from the gods to Oedipus. “By exile or death, blood for blood, it was murder that brought the plague-wind on the city” and now, Apollo demands retribution. Oedipus is paranoid and believes that Dreon wants to steal his wealth, power, and the kingdom from him. “Creon desires in secret to destroy me!” In the end, Oedipus thinks that both Teiresias and Creon are plotting against him as the three of them exchange futile threats one against the other.