The 's View Of Gods Essay

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Greek gods exhibit as imperfect immortal beings that are similar to humans on several levels. Gods with human-like personalities impart their favours when 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 hold distinct views on the divine beings. Heracles believes that the gods do not contain any flaws, although the gods do not live up to his expectations and his belief in gods changes, the principal credence of what an immortal being should be, remain largely unchanged. Whereas, Theseus’s views of gods having human like personalities and emotions more closely summarize the behaviour of the gods throughout the play than that of Heracles’. He views the divine beings as having human-like personalities and emotions. The play explores the role of immortals and mortals in Heracles’ life, in which, the immortals play a dynamic role. Euripides allows the characters of Heracles to explore the roles of immortals and their importance in a man’s life. These points are explored through the active role of Amphitryon in Heracles’ life, Heracles’ changing perception of the immortals, and Theseus’ static views of the immortals throughout the play. The role of a father plays a significant part in shaping Heracles’ beliefs of the world and how the immortals should be in this play. Being a demi-god, Heracles has two fathers, one who was immortal and one who was mortal. To begin
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