“al·le·go·ry   [al-uh-gawr-ee, -gohr-ee] Show IPA noun, plural -ries.

1. a representation of an abstract or spiritual meaning through concrete or material forms; figurative treatment of one subject under the guise of another.

2. a symbolical narrative: the allegory of  Piers Plowman.

3. emblem ( def. 3 ) .” -dictionary.com

 

Firstly and foremost, I would like to say that it’s very rare that a game or a game series was/is based on every fascet of Greek story telling.  The whole of God of War is a tragedy, from start to finish.  As it stands it’s about a man not only struggling with his immediate rage at his situation, but he has allowed that rage to get the best of him at every turn and suffers for it, as it is his Achilles Heel. Herose in Greek tragedies always came in the form of a demi-god, who performs great deeds, and must over come his greatest weakness, and save the day.  For Herucles, it was the fact that he was just was not a smart person.  For Kratos it is his rage.  Honestly though, his rage is unwarranted to a specific  point.  So much as it involves the “children of Olympus.”  The gods at every turn make promises to him, and they choose their words in such a way that it would lead the listener, Kratos in this case, and viewer, us, to believe that when they say, “The gods will forgive you.” it can be interpreted as, “we’ll free you from your visions.” because that’s what we want to hear, but in reality it just means, we’ll give you the least amount of what you asked for, and by that we mean, people won’t hate you anymore.  This continues on through out the series, even with the Titans.  The as the game progresses you start to see that it puts the Titans, and the Gods in the same category.  With the exception of the oldest Titan/God Aphrodite.  Look it up, she is a Titan, but she is the oldest of the God, and also the least respected, but as for her part in the game, well…she helps you, and then she fucks you, but she helps you and stays out of your way.  You can tell just by her actions alone, that she doesn’t care what happens to the “children of Olympus.

So how is all of this an allegory for religion, and mans view of it.  Good question, Kratos, half-man half god, Spartan warrior fights with, without, and against his religion, in the same way we live with and without it.  We don’t think about it and some of us just don’t care about it.  Kratos is our proxy throughout this exploration.  In Chains of Olympus we are  shown how truly uncaring the gods are to themselves, when one of their own turns against them, and sides with the Titans to bring down Olympus, but additionally we’re shown how truly petty they are, as they do not care that their demi-god has saved their lives.  Instead of even a small thank you, they send you, Kratos, off to Athens to stop Ares from razing the city.  At this point, two things have been displayed as far as religion goes.  One the gods take they want, and give you back nothing.  Do for us and we most certainly will not do for you.  This mind you is only the Prequel, and the First game, and already we are shown the dark side of the gods.  Now we, Kratos, are sent to the temple of Pandora, where we find Pandora’s box.  The box, contains the power to kill a god.  Now here’s where Kratos Achilles Heel comes into play.  By the time this game happens, Kratos has already killed a god.  You kill Persephone in “Chains”, and the gods know this already, so sending him to the temple is more of a ploy to do two things, one kill him in a way that seems justified as quest failure, two to get him out of the way so that they can try to talk Ares down.  The game is written in the same way the gods speak.  It’s meant to divert you from the overall truth of what’s going on, but at the same time push you to an understanding that, the gods are phoney.  Okays so we, Kratos, complete our quest in the temple, and find the box, and the box is taken from us, and again driven by pure rage we chase after it, and proceed to fight Ares.  After a long hard scholg, we defeat and kill Ares, removing the God of War.  So in return what do the gods do…nothing.  They forgive you for past transgressions, but you still have nightmares, so….deal with it.  We now really understand how the Gods work at this point.  They’re petty and cruel, just like the Titans were, and they do not see this, however they can throw you a bone from time to to time.  In this case, they make you a God, the God of War.

Now by the time God of War II happens, Kratos is now a god, and has killed two other gods, Persephone, and Ares.  Marking mans ill need to make the coming and going of the seasons, and need to praise war, as a bigger ware is always on the horizon.  Kratos was that war, man-kinds ware on the gods.  You see at this point Kratos has gone from god-slayer, to god.  Before the events of GoW II, Kratos has chosen to go in search of his missing brother, Deimos.  This journey ultimately leads to the revelation of just how truly connected to the gods Kratos is, and how truly fucked up they are as a whole.  The story itself comes from the need for Kratos to seek out his past and find his brother.  Now by this time Athena, literally the brain of Olympus, is working really hard to not allow the gods fuck you over more then they already have.  You’re not even a full god, remember what I said about saying one thing and doing another, but you decide anyway to go and look for your brother, and end up in Atlantis, where you locate your mother, which is unfortunate, because you have kill her, ya for the gods… but not before you’re told where to find your brother.  This in turn leads you into Hades, and you have to face Thanatos, the god of Death.  You conquer Death, but you loose your brother in turn, making your celestial body count now 3.  Three major gods you’ve killed, and no lives spared, all because the gods, wanted to save their asses.  You see there was a prophecy that Olympus would fall at the hands of a marked warrior.  This was originally thought to be Deimos, but as the story progresses, well… I’m sure you get the picture by now.

It is at this point that Kratos is given full god hood status, and this is done just to appease him, which doesn’t work.  Kratos is truly starting to push himself and man-kind out of the influence of the gods.  Athena, has tried everything that she can to stop the coming storm of hell fire on the gods, as she seems to be the only one the knows the hell that has been unleashed from Kratos, but the gods are too proud, in their hubris to even apologize, and the worst of them all, Zeus, sees fit to strip you of the god powers, and toss you in the depths of Hades.  This starts the unfortunate events that would lead all of the gods to their ruin.  You get to a point where you challenge Zeus, almost win, save for the fact that Athena sacrifices herself to save her father, Zeus doesn’t seem to care, and throws you off Olympus, yet again.  Instead of  rolling over and dying, you attempt to change your fate, and with the Sword of Olympus you proceed in a different path to victory.   To do that you must see the three sisters of fate.  You see even they must submit to the very strings they weave.  You in turn must defy them.  IN doing so you gain access to the one gods once possessed, control of your own fate and destiny, something the gods do not think you should have.  With the three sisters out of the way, the choice ultimately is ours to do what we think is best.  Kratos in this case decides to, gather the Titans.  At this point, you’ve killed now 5 gods, the God Ceryx is killed before the events of GoWII.

Thus far we, Kratos, have shown the gods, that we do not need them anymore.  At the outset of GoWIII, we are not in the favor of the gods, and we seek only their demise.  Now just like the war with the Titans, they’re not going to sit around and wait for this to happen either.  They literally throw the kitchen sink at you.  Every god is after you, and they all want you dead.  Even Hera steps up to try and fight you, but with no luck.  The god of metal working also takes a swing and misses.  During this assault on Olympus, you learn that Pandora, a “daughter” of Hephaestus is the key to the gods demise, and ultimately the salvation of man-kind.  Even when the gods are all gone, save for one Titan, Aphrodite, you are still left to deal with Athena.   At this point, Kratos choose to allow man kind to make their own choice on how to rebuild the world in an image that would best suit them, thus negating a need for gods, and religion, as it is we, who make our daily choices, not the gods.