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But a survey of the gods shows that they lack these characteristics.
The gods in question never played any of 3 these roles. Neither as father nor mother to their children, instead, they turn to oppress the helpless immortals. They turn to chicken and eat their own chick like cannibals. This manifests in the character of King Oedipus in Oedipus the King.
The plot builds round Oedipus who carries a message of the gods to kill his father and marry his mother King Oedipus, 30 The question that comes to mind is, is this the portraiture and characteristics of a god?
Why will the gods send someone such mission to kill his father, marry his mother and finally kill himself? This goes to prove that there is an already follow up plan by the gods to actualizes the prophecy of Teirisias.
It further indicates that the order by the gods to discard the child at the evil grove is mere display of hypocrisy and a media to exonerate themselves from their evil plan or conceal their identity. Same concept is Ola Rotimi demonstrates in The gods are Not to Blame in the character of Odewale who is send by the gods carry out same function.
This what Soyinka demonstrates in The Fourth Stage. He shows that there exist in chthonic realm a battle of supremacy between the three worlds- the unborn, living and the dead.
According to Soyinka this battle begins once one is born. Victory goes to gods if such predictions come to pass while celebration comes to earth where such proves abortive. Furthermore, the attempted failure of Odewale and Oedipus parents to avert the prophecy is a clear sign of supernatural domination of the natural. It indicates that they tenaciously monitored the event to bring it into actualization.
This exposes their immoral nature, an attribute not worthy of gods. The expected relationship between the gods and mortals is the one of fairness, but in the two plays we see the opposite.
The gods rather utilizes and maximizes the weakness of the mere mortals. In the case of Oedipus, they enter through the mind of the messenger to empathize with the child so as fulfil the assignment given to him to accomplish on earth by the gods. Still to display their outward innocence they manipulated the King into the forest to be killed by his son.
The whole event, unveil as prophesied, showing the hand work of some strange forces which they cannot control. All the incidents in play, play out as designed by the supernatural. Why then should they not be blame?
Since there is no room or avenue of the tragic heroes to swing out of their hands, they should be required of the blood of the duo. Similarly, the gods are oppressive; they never allow the world of the mortals to exercise their right of existence. It is this aspect of their life that contradicts the literature of the new generation of writers like Osofisan, and Egarevba in his Death not a Redeemer.
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If my caught a. GIRL [stops For some moments she remains siient]: 1 EMAN: Is 11am You wait a She goes to the window and glares almost with hatred. The gzrl retro: is hogtily, still my naive] By the way , do you W c gal 15? EMEN: Why not? SUNMA: right, right. Do what you wish. Hence we see him exactly the way he is - "a man of God" trying to survive in a world fraught with sundry challenges.
His creator Soyinka unleashes and unravels a gamut of wry situations and comments, and one can imagine the young Soyinka chuckling aloud! Like he must have done when creating another early superb play, The lion and the jewel. Apart from the touch of comic around Jero, there is also the patina of rascality At the end of the play, Brother Jero gets his way and even somewhat moves up notches, spiritually!
There is another hilarious sequel to this play, titled Jero's Metamorphosis So I think I'd really rate them a 3.