Greek Gods : The Divine Beings Essay

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Greek gods are demonstrated as immortal beings that are similar to humans on several levels. These gods with human like personalities impart their favours when they are pleased but can also withdraw them when they are disrespected. In Heracles by Euripides, impulsive gods determine a man’s life path and fate. Theseus and Heracles are both important characters of this play that hold distinct views on the divine beings. Heracles believes that the gods are unflawed and do not commit crimes, although his perception and belief in gods changes, his principal credence of what an immortal being should be remains largely unchanged. Whereas, Theseus believes that gods, like humans, make mistakes but he accepts them with their innate imperfections and does not believe that gods are unprejudiced. Theseus views the divine beings as having human like personalities and emotions. These factors are prevalent throughout the play, and result in momentous consequences for humans. The play explores the role of immortals and mortals in Heracles’s life, in which, the immortals play a dynamic role. Euripides allows the characters of Hercales to explore the roles of immortals and their importance in a man’s life. These points are explored through the active role of Amphityron, Heracles’s changing perception of the immortals, and Theseus’s static views of the immortals The role of a father plays a significant part in this play. Having two fathers, who play a role in Heracles’s development, also have
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