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There is a deep sense of realism that lies in the play Ion The opening of the play arouses an old wrong the seduction of Creusa by Apollo which slowly develops into a tangled plot of deceit The theme of the play is unique in how it is centered on a human dilemma that many can associate with in some way From the beginning one can only imagine the outcome of Apollos seduction of Creusa To make matters worse she has a child There is an uncanny feeling of darkness and silence as she is made to keep her lips sealed It appears that she gave up her son from fear of her parents Like many young girls today she made a drastic decision in order to conceal her pregnancy Apollo in this play is given human attributes He is depicted as a barbarian who truly lacks the goodness of a god Indeed a critical problem has developed with Apollos seduction of Creusa Apollo from the beginning is perceived as a demanding figure Creusa is seen as the passive figure with no say in her circumstances How could a mortal expect to make a god care for a child This is where Euripides attempts to bind the mortals and the gods together Apollo and Creusa share a common problem and each makes different decisions in how they will go about solving that problem Immediately after Creusa leaves Ion in the cave Apollo rescues him Apollos actions are strange in that he goes as far as to catch the soul of the priestess so that she would care for his son but yet refused to give aid to Creusa As a youth Ion is appointed as a guard of Apollos gold then an altar attendant and later the chief caretaker Ion knows nothing of his birth and asks no questions because of his deep respect for Apollo He is happy in his service to the gods
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