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1 PERMEATING EFFECTS OF RELIGION When comparing the two works Oedipus the king by Sophocles and Henrik Ibsens Ghosts it is at first hard to believe that they have anything in common But when performing a deeper study of the plays one will find at least one common topic The permeation in society of religion I will in this essay thus try to show how religion permeates society in the Greek tragedy Oedipus the King by Sophocles and Norwegian drama Ghosts by Ibsen These two works are very different due to them being written at different times and in completely different settings The writers have dissimilar understanding of the role of God and this is reflected in the direct communications between the gods and Oedipus in contrast to the indirect contact between God and the society presented to the reader in Ghosts Still both societies follow the rules and norms set by their religion An important similarity which is worth mentioning is that both plays cover only a short period in time the happenings all occurs within a few days In this short time we are only introduced to a few characters as to create a close relationship between the characters and the reader giving them life and depth In Oedipus the King one meets a society which believes in direct communications with the gods Each god was worshipped for their special ability and strength In the play gods by the names of Zeus Apollo Aphrodite and Athena amongst others are mentioned The people of the ancient Greek world communicated to their gods through oracles The oracles were highly pious people who were thought to have a close tie to the gods and received prophetess of what was going to happen in the future In Oedipus Rex the oracle most often mentioned is the oracle of Delphi which is one of the best know to the
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