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Blessed is the man that endureth temptation for when he is tried he will receive the crown of life which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him James 112 Such is the proclamation in the Holy Bible and so was the proclamation in ancient Greece Since the founding of religion the gods have sought to test those with power Jocasta was sent by Apollo to do just that to test Oedipus- the king of Thebes-faith and conviction Throughout the play Jocasta tested the beliefs of those around her by feigning disbelief in the gods herself Though she put up this false front she did keep her faith At the beginning of the scene wherein a messenger relayed word of Polybus death and Oedipus ascension to the throne of Corinth we see Jocasta praying- not the act of a disbeliever at all Again in the same episode Jocasta carries garlands and incense to the altar and tries to appeal to Apollo to purify the city of Thebes While her faith remains strong her task from the gods is to test the faiths of others especially that of Oedipus which she does After accusing Creon of conspiracy and treason Oedipus relates to Jocasta the details of his meeting with Tiresius Jocasta proceeds to plant doubts of the gods by telling Oedipus the story of the Delphian Oracle and the circumstances surrounding Laius death Again after Polybus death she excitedly tells Oedipus that his prophecy was obviously untrue though it wasnt and by doing so she attempts to hint that the oracles and thus the gods are false By planting this doubt in Oedipus mind the gods are able to test his faith and his ruling power through Jocasta a test which he fails until it is too late Why then would Jocasta be forced to perform such a dubious task for the gods It is because she tried to avoid an earlier
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