Personification in Oedipus the King

Personification Examples in Oedipus the King:

Oedipus the King 1

"Armed with his blazing torch the God of Plague Hath swooped upon our city emptying The house of Cadmus,..."   (Oedipus the King)

Here, the Priest personifies the plague as a God holding a blazing torch. “Swooped” and “emptying” connote violence and wrath and suggest that this God is merciless and chaotic. The “house of Cadmus” references the Greek hero Cadmus who founded Thebes. Emptying this “house” means that the city is rapidly losing its population to the plague. The Priest’s speech emphasizes the severity of the plague and instils the situation with urgency.