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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 reli ....

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.... 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 modern world. During the action of the play, when Oedipus realises what he has done, he begs the gods for forgiveness. He turns directly to them with his grief and horror, and then stabs out his own eyes as means of punishment towards himself. In an indirect way he ....

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