Samson Agonistes Irony

Samson Agonistes Irony


It is mentioned that Mamoa and his wife were unable to have children until the day they were told they will have Samson. He was a gift from God to them and he seemed to be the perfect son, strong, faithful and destined to do greater things in life. What is ironic is the way he ends to be. Instead of being a savior, he becomes a prisoner and apparently a disappointment for his parents and people.

The day he was supposed to live

Samson’s father returns to his cell shortly after Samson was taken by the officer having good news. He was sure that some of the officials were willing to let him ransom Samson so his father was sure that his son will walk free that day. This doesn’t happen because Samson kills himself when he brings down the building on the Philistine.


It is mentioned that Samson is a Nazarite and he took a Nazaritean vow through which he promised not to drink wine and a vow of purity. After he breaks both vows, he seems to be punished by God for breaking them and Samson ends as a slave instead of being a conqueror


A thing associated with Samson both now and then seems to be the idea of power. But we see that even if Samson is physically strong, he is easy to manipulate and his strength can’t save him from being controlled by Dalila.

Lowest point

Samson was supposed to be the most powerful man of his time, a savior to his people. Instead, he was imprisoned by the same people he was supposed to defeat and the God he thinks that has the right to be worshiped is ignored in the favor of a pagan idol. For Samson, this is the most ironic turn of events, because he was always sure that he was going to have a great destiny.

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