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The Role of Fate in Oedipus Rex - In Oedipus Rex, fate is something that unavoidably befalls two characters. The gods decide Oedipus and Jocasta’s fate even before they know it. Trying to avoid destiny is pointless because no matter what, it will catch up to you where ever you are. It is often thought that you can change your destiny, but in reality our fate was put into action the day we were born. Throughout the play, Oedipus tries to change his fate. When he confirms through two messengers and an oracle that he is destined to marry his mother and kill his father, he completely panics....   [tags: Oedipus Rex] 809 words
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Tragic Flaws of Othello and Oedipus Rex - The future is decided and determined for us by our actions and choices. Humans get to determine which path they desire to proceed along, even if it may seem like the wrong choice. The flaws that each human possesses also contribute to shaping our destinies. Just like in the tragic dramas, the hero of the play exhibits flaws that influence their demise and defeat. A tragic drama is defined as a drama where the hero, or the main character, is brought to devastation or to endure pain and distress. It is usually an outcome from one’s tragic flaw or weakness....   [tags: Othello, Oedipus Rex]
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The Use of Religion as a Literary Element in Oedipus Rex - The Use of Religion as a Literary Element in Oedipus Rex and how it Influences the Use of Religion in Modern Western Literature Famous novelist, C.S. Lewis, stated, “Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become” (“Literature Quotes”)....   [tags: Oedipus Rex Essays]
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Examining the Tragic Protagonists of "Oedipus Rex" and "Hamlet" - Tragedy can be defined as the downfall of a protagonist through some fatal error or misjudgment, producing suffering and insight on the part of the main character and arousing pity and fear on the part of the audience. Of all the characteristics of tragedy, one is most important: the tragic hero must be essentially admirable and good. In both the common tragedies, “Oedipus Rex” and “Hamlet”, both main characters are generally good. In either play, both Hamlet and Oedipus make a flaw that will cost them an extreme suffering, and in “Hamlet”, that concludes in many deaths....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Hamlet] 644 words
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Significance of the Women in Oedipus Rex - Significance of the Women in Oedipus Rex            Michael J. O’Brien in the Introduction to Twentieth Century Interpretations of Oedipus Rex, maintains that there is “a good deal of evidence to support this view” that the fifth century playwright was the “educator of his people” and a “teacher”. Sophocles in his tragedy, Oedipus Rex, teaches about “morally desirable attitudes and behavior,” (4) and uses three women to help convey these principles of living. This essay will explore the role of women in the drama, the attitude toward women therein, the involvement of women in plot development, and other aspects of women in Oedipus Rex....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]
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Ensnared by the Gods in Oedipus Rex - Ensnared by the Gods in Oedipus Rex    A citizen of Periclean Athens may not have been familiar with the term entrapment, but he or she would surely have recognized the case of Oedipus as such.  The tragedy of Oedipus is that he was ensnared by the gods.  As Teiresias points out, "I say that with those you love best you live in foulest shame unconsciouslyÖ" (italics mine)  God is continuously indicted for having caused Oedipusí troubles.  The chorus asks, "What evil spirit leaped upon your life to your ill-luckÖ?"  And Oedipus himself is well aware of the source of his troubles:  "It was Apollo, friends, Apollo, that brought this bitter bitterness, my sorrows to completion."  Blinded an...   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 1143 words
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Oedipus Rex – a Christ Figure - Oedipus Rex – a Christ Figure               Sophocles’ famous tragedy, Oedipus Rex, perhaps “the most important and influential drama ever written” (“Sophocles” 717), presents in the person of  Oedipus the model of a good ruler, a humanely intelligent and vigorously active leader, a man who earlier saved his adopted city Thebes from disaster. Is Oedipus an alter Christus besides.   The numerous parallels between the figure of the king Oedipus and the figure of Christ in the Scriptures prompts the reader to ask the above question....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]
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Oedipus Rex – The Women - Oedipus Rex – The Women                 Charles Segal in Oedipus Tyrannus: Tragic Heroism and the Limits of Knowledge explains the protagonist’s concern for Jocasta’s burial in Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex:    Oedipus turns from his utter desolation and abasement to something of his old air of command, albeit in a chastened and softened tone. He asks Creon to expel him from Thebes as quickly as he can and gives orders for Jocasta’s burial (1446ff), a gesture of concern and responsibility characteristic of the Oedipus we saw in the opening scenes(73)....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]
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The Themes in Oedipus Rex - The Themes in Oedipus Rex          Sophocles’ tragedy, Oedipus Rex, contains one main theme, which this essay will consider. The theme is the general doctrine or belief implicit in the drama, which the author seeks to make persuasive to the reader (Abrams 170).   In “Sophocles’ Moral Themes” Robert D. Murray Jr. cites a critic who is strictly moralist in the interpretation of the theme of Oedipus Rex:   Let C. M. Bowra speak for the moralists:   The central idea of a Sophoclean tragedy is that through suffering a man learns to be modest before the gods....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]
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Oedipus Rex as Social Commentary - Oedipus Rex as Social Commentary Oedipus Rex, written by the Poet Sophocles in the Golden Age of Greek Theatre, was described by Aristotle to be the greatest tragedy of all time. It encapsulates the very essence of the Greek cultural milieu, and it is these ideologies which are translated into the play. The very essence of Greek society; the political democracy, a moral belief in the power of the Gods and social recognition of hierarchy, are portrayed when the society is pictured in a state of chaos....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 880 words
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The Tragedy of Oedipus Rex - The Tragedy of Oedipus Rex Oedipus Rex is a tragedy that illustrates a man's sense of justice. The same man is also paranoid and impulsive. In the text, he overcomes his negative characteristics and succumbs to his greater sense of justice and responsibility. The king of Thebes is shown as a just ruler who cares about the suffering of his people. After saving the city from the Sphinx and her riddle, King Oedipus learns that a plague has beset upon the population. After consulting with the oracle at Delphi, Oedipus realizes that an unsolved crime is the cause for the suffering of the people....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]
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Dramatic Irony in Oedipus Rex - Dramatic Irony in Oedipus Rex             M. H. Abrams defines dramatic irony as a situation wherein:    “the audience or reader shares with the author knowledge of present or future circumastances of which a character is ignorant; in that situation, the character unknowingly acts in a way we recognize to be grossly inappropriate to the actual circumstances, or expects the opposite of what we know that fate holds in store, or says something that anticipates the actual outcome, but not aat all in the way that the character intends”(137)....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]
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Literary Motif in Oedipus Rex - Literary Motif in Oedipus Rex              M. H. Abrams defines a literary motif as a “conspicuous element, such as a type of incident, device, reference, or formula, which occurs frequently in works of literature” (169). It is the purpose of this essay to expose the main literary motif present in Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex.   Richard Lattimore in “Oedipus Tyrannus” makes the revelation concerning the most apparent motif in the tragedy:   . . . the drama belongs to the general story pattern of the lost one found....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]
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Faith in God in Oedipus Rex - 1) Oedipus Rex proves to be a tragic hero by displaying the qualities of goodness, appropriateness, and remaining consistent and realistic throughout the entire play. In the prologue of Oedipus Rex, Oedipus illustrates that he is morally good during his speech to the Priest and the suffering people of Thebes. "I know you are deathly sick; and yet, /Sick as you are, not one is as sick as I. /Each of you suffers in himself alone/His anguish, not another's; but my spirit/Groans for the city, for myself, for you" (Prologue....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles] 529 words
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Women in Oedipus Rex - Women in Oedipus Rex               Charles Segal in Oedipus Tyrannus: Tragic Heroism and the Limits of Knowledge explains one of the pivotal functions of Jocasta in Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex:   The second series begins with Jocasta. . . .Now Oedipus is pursuing the killer as possibly the same as himself. . . . In this set his goal shifts gradually from uncovering the murderer to discovering his own parents. The confidence and power that he demonstrated in the first series of encounters gradually erode into anger, loss of control and fear (72)....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]
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Mythology in Oedipus Rex - Mythology in Oedipus Rex           E. T. Owen in “Drama in Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannus” comments on the mythological beginnings of Oedipus Rex:   Professor Goodell says: “Given an old myth to be dramatized, Sophocles’ primary question was, ‘Just what sort of people were they, must they have been, who naturally did and suffered what the tales say they did and suffered?” That was his method of analysis (38).   The Greek Sophoclean tragedy Oedipus Rex is based on a myth from the Homeric epic Odysseus....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]
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Mythology in Oedipus Rex - Mythology in Oedipus Rex                 In “The Oedipus Legend” Bernard M. W. Knox talks of the advantages accruing to Sophocles as a user of myths in his dramas:   The myths he used gave to his plays, without any effort on his part, some of those larger dimensions of authority which the modern dramatist must create out of nothing if his play is to be more than a passing entertainment. The myths had the authority of history, for myth is in one of its aspects the only history of an age that kept no records....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]
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Structure in Oedipus Rex - Structure in Oedipus Rex                M. H. Abrams says that “almost all literary theorists since Aristotle have emphasized the importance of structure, conceived in diverse ways, in analyzing a work of literature” (300). The matter of the structure of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex is a subject of varying interpretation among literary critics, as this essay will reveal.   In “A Great Translator’s Reflections on Oedipus the King,” Gilbert Murray, professor at Oxford University in England, cites structure as one of the reasons why he chose Oedipus Rex as a work of translation:   On the whole, I can only say that the work of translation has made me feel even more strongly than before the e...   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]
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The Punishment of Oedipus the King (Oedipus Rex) - The Punishment of Oedipus the King At the end of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex, Oedipus, king of Thebes, ends up banished forever from his kingdom. Additionally, Oedipus physically puts out his own eyes, for several reasons which will be discussed later. The question is: Did Oedipus deserve his punishments. There are many factors that must be considered in answering this, including how Oedipus himself felt about his situation. His blinding was as much symbolic as it was physical pain....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 1180 words
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Oedipus Is to Blame in Oedipus Rex - Oedipus Is to Blame In Sophicle's Oedipus The King, Oedipus plays the lead character in the play. Oedipus plays blindfolded throughout the play. His character that he betrays is typical of those who honestly believe they have no part in the situation that occurs. I agree with Bernard Knox that Oedipus is responsible for the tragic outcome of the play. Oedipus's investigation of the death of King Laius is the reason for the tragic ending. The scene where Oedipus opens the investigation is the first step toward his downfall....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 511 words
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Sympathy Towards Oedipus in Oedipus Rex - In the play Oedipus Rex, the author Sophocles, attempts to create feelings of sympathy towards the main character, Oedipus. This is achieved by using dramatic irony, the prophecy that guided Oedipus towards the truth regarding his childhood, and key scenes in the play, which help to build the audiences understanding and opinions concerning his situation. Through the prophecy alone, Oedipus was doomed even before his life had even begun. As an innocent child, his parents, King Laios and Queen Iokaste, had tried to rid themselves of the curse, which was cast upon them by Apollo, the god of the sun....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles] 485 words
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The Role of Teiresias in Sophocles' Oedipus Rex - The Role of Teiresias in Sophocles'Oedipus Rex (the King) Teiresias uses his psychic abilities to foreshadow the anguish and destruction that Oedipus will encounter after he learns the truths of his life. Teiresias is also responsible for further developing the theme of blindness by using his own physical blindness to reveal to Oedipus his mental blindness. Lastly, Teiresias is ultimately responsible for imposing dramatic irony because of his great knowledge of the truth of Oedipus. In the play, Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles, the minor character of Teiresias is responsible for foreshadowing Oedipus’ fate, developing the theme of blindness, and also illustrating dramatic irony....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]
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The Impact of Truth in Oedipus Rex (the King) - The Impact of Truth in Oedipus Rex (the King) "Truth has made me strong." This is a quote from Tiresias, one of the characters in Sophocles's tragedy, Oedipus Rex. The quote has different meaning and relevance for each of the different characters, but for the character of Creon, the quote is completely true. By the end of the play, the truth had not only prompted Oedipus to forgive Creon, clearing his name of any previous accusations, but the truth had also made Creon Oedipus's successor....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 1193 words
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Oedipus Rex – The Conflict, Climax and Resolution - Oedipus Rex – The Conflict, Climax and Resolution                Sophocles’ tragic drama, Oedipus Rex, presents to the reader a full range of conflicts and their resolution after a climax.   Thomas Van Nortwick in The Meaning of a Masculine Life describes Oedipus’ tragic flaw:   As ruler, he is a father to Thebes and its citizens, and like a father he will take care of his “children.” We see already the supreme self-confidence and ease of command in Oedipus, who can address not only other people’s children as his own, but also be a father to men older than he is....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]
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The Conflict, Climax and Resolution in Oedipus Rex - The Conflict, Climax and Resolution in Oedipus Rex             Sophocles’ tragic drama, Oedipus Rex, presents a main conflict and lesser conflicts and their resolution after a climax.   In Oedipus Tyrannus: Tragic Heroism and the Limits of Knowledge, Charles Segal had the protagonist fares well in the first series of tests, but does poorly in the second series:   The first three tests are, respectively, Oedipus’ meetings with Creon, Teiresias, and then Creon again. In each case he is pursuing the killer as someone whom he assumes is other than himself....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]
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Oedipus Rex - Conflict, Climax, Resolution - Oedipus Rex - Conflict, Climax, Resolution              Sophocles’ tragic drama, Oedipus Rex, sees the conflict develop and reach a climax, and this is followed by a catastrophe and resolution of the conflict.   E. T. Owen in “Drama in Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannus” describes the climax of the drama:   The central scenes contain the heart of the drama, that for which the rest exists – the drama of the revelation. The poet’s task here is to make its effect adequate to the expectation. He manages to spin it out to nearly 500 lines, and, instead of thinning, increases the excitement by spreading it out; it becomes a threefold revelation rising to a climax (36)....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]
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tragoed Oedipus the King (Oedipus Rex) and Greek Tragedy - Oedipus Rex as a Great Greek Tragedy     The reader is told in Aristotle's Poetics that tragedy "arouses the emotions of pity and fear, wonder and awe" (The Poetics 10). To Aristotle, the best type of tragedy involves reversal of a situation, recognition from a character, and suffering. The plot has to be complex, and a normal person should fall from prosperity to misfortune due to some type of mistake. Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles, is a great example of a Greek tragedy. Its main plot is Oedipus' goal to find out his true identity, the result being his downfall by finding out he has married his own mother and killed his father....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]
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tragoed Elements of Tragedy in Oedipus the King (Oedipus Rex) - Elements of Tragedy in Oedipus Rex It is not the tragic subject matter of the text that is of primary interest - but rather the manner in which the plot is developed. The story line progresses as if the reader is "unpeeling an onion." The tale of King Oedipus is well known. An enraged Oedipus unknowingly slays his father (Laiusq, King of Thebes) and supplants him as monarch and as husband to his own mother (Queen Jocasta). As each successive "layer of the onion" is unpeeled, Oedipus is brought a step closer to realizing the true nature of his actions....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 463 words
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Free Oedipus the King Essays: The Downfall of Oedipus Rex - The Downfall of Oedipus Rex The greek playwright, Sophocles, was born around 496 B.C., and died in 406 B.C.  During his life, he wrote many plays, one of which was Oedipus Rex.  Sophocles was the first dramatist to add the third actor to the play.  Actors were able to perfrom many different parts, but the play was limited to only three actors and the chorus.  (Literature, page 1065)             The downfall of Oedipus transpired due to the tragic flaw of his character.  Oedipus was very temperamental and became easily angered....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 427 words
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tragoed The Tragic Figure of Oedipus the King (Oedipus Rex) - The Tragic Figure of Oedipus Rex      Sophocles is perhaps one of the greatest tragedians ever. Sophocles said that a man should never consider himself fortunate unless he can look back on his life and remember that life without pain. For Oedipus Rex, looking back is impossible to do without pain. This pain stems from his prideful life. Oedipus is aware that he alone is responsible for his actions. Oedipus freely chooses to pursue and accept his own life's destruction. Even though fate victimizes Oedipus, he is a tragic figure since his own heroic qualities, his loyalty to Thebes, and his fidelity to the truth ruin him....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]
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Sophocles' Oedipus Rex - Sophocles' Oedipus Rex As the plot in Sophocles' famous play Oedipus Rex unfolds, many aspects of the relationship between ancient Greeks and their gods are revealed. It demonstrates that the people could call upon the gods in times of distress, how the gods could cause widespread disasters if a population displeased them, how arrogance and ignorance of the gods' powers would lead to disaster, and...   [tags: Sophocles' Oedipus Rex] 1385 words
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Responsibility for Actions in Oedipus Rex by Sophocles - Responsibility for Actions in Oedipus Rex by Sophocles Oedipus was not composed by his fate; he was responsible for his own conduct. From his very birth Oedipus was predetermined to marry his mother and murder his father. His situation was inevitable. Although Apollo exhorted the prophecy in Delphi, this event only drove Oedipus to fulfill his destiny. There were a series of events that occurred causing Oedipus did to lure himself to destruction. Oedipus wouldn?t have cursed himself so ignorantly had he been more diligent to analyze the murder with the former King Laius....   [tags: Papers Oedipus Rex Essays Sophocles]
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Comparing and Contrasting the Purpose of Self-Punishment in Sophocles' Oedipus Rex and Ibsen's Hedda Gabler - Characters that stand out are the ones that commit ludicrous actions such as self-punishment, to convey curiosity and to make a story more creative and entertaining. Self-punishment is something that both Sophocles and Henrik Ibsen incorporated into their stories, it is a way of relieving pain, suffering or an act of avoidance, which is portrayed in the play Oedipus Rex (429BC) and Hedda Gabler (1890). Hedda Gabler and Oedipus both find a way of relieving themselves through self-punishment, simply because it is the only way of overcoming their obstacles....   [tags: oedipus rex, hedda gabler]
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Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex Fulfills All of the Requirements of a Tragedy - Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex Fulfills All of the Requirements of a Tragedy Throughout Poetics, Aristotle describes what traits a tragedy must have to be successful. To support these choices, he makes use of a small analysis of many tragedies, including many of Sophocles’ plays; Oedipus Rex is one of the plays mentioned in Aristotle’s Poetics. Some of these traits include a successful plot structure, recognition scenes, and a correct choice for its hero. In Oedipus Rex, Sophocles fulfills all of these requirements....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]
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A Rebuttal to E. R. Dodds' On Misunderstanding the Oedipus Rex - A Rebuttal to E. R. Dodds' On Misunderstanding the Oedipus Rex In "On Misunderstanding the Oedipus Rex," E. R. Dodds takes issue with three different opinions on Oedipus Rex. I consider the first two opinions, which Dodds gleaned from student papers, to be defensible from a close reading of the text. The first of these opinions is that Oedipus was a bad man, and was therefore punished by the gods; Dodds counters that Sophocles intended for us to regard him as good, noble, and selfless. But the play would seem to indicate that Oedipus, while a clever man, is not a good one -- this can be shown through Dodds' own source of argument, the attitude of the chorus, as well as through Oedipus' o...   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]
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Oedipus Rex - Oedipus Rex Sophocles Awake ye men of earth; remove thy shackles from thy body and acquaint yourself with the mother as you pass through creation in the manner of a tragedian romance, embodying nature and spirit. And in your night crusade, you will perceive a revelation of the most superlative feelings that come not from words or form, but from light. Hope Saphos DeVenuto A vaporous energy passes before us as a wave which carries us through the categories of the mind of an ancient past in Aristotelian truth....   [tags: Oedipus Rex Poem Essays] 824 words
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The Many Functions of Tiresias in Sophocles' Oedipus Rex - The Many Functions of Tiresias in Sophocles' Oedipus Rex The minor role of Tiresias fulfills several chief purposes in Sophocles' Oedipus Rex, all of which are necessary in guiding the play through to its tragic ending and the completion of the prophecies. Tiresias primarily functions as the catalyst ultimately responsible for the provocation of Oedipus' venomous jealousy, a vital factor in the play's progression. The calm and confident Tiresias also acts as a foil for Oedipus through his dramatic difference in character, which allows the reader to see Oedipus for who he really is and realize that it was he who brought about his own downfall....   [tags: Sophocles Oedipus Rex] 1433 words
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Truth and Teiresias in Sophocles' Oedipus Rex and Al-Hakim's King Oedipus - Truth and Teiresias in Sophocles' Oedipus Rex and Al-Hakim's King Oedipus      In both "Oedipus Rex" and "King Oedipus," Teiresias is defined by his relationship to the truth: in Sophocles' play as a courier, in Tawfiq Al-Hakim's as a manufacturer. Sophocles Teiresias is a conduit, a vessel through which the truth of a future created by the gods can be revealed, while the modern Teiresias is actively engaged in creating, shaping, the truth out of a supposed spiritual vacuum. These differing roles place both characters at a certain distance from their actions and sense of responsibility....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]
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tragoed Essay on the Tragic Flaws of Oedipus the King (Oedipus Rex) - The Tragic Flaws of Oedipus Rex At one time in our lives there is a moment that we may think of ourselves as better than someone or something else. There may also be a point when making a decision leads to a great error in judgment. In the play Oedipus Rex, written by Sophocles, both of these characteristics can be seen in the main character. These characteristics are known as tragic flaws. These flaws are known as hubris meaning excess pride, leading to overconfidence, and hamartia meaning errors and weakness in judgment....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 695 words
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tragoed Oedipus the King (Oedipus Rex) - The Archetypal Tragic Man - Free Oedipus the King Essays: The Archetypal Tragic Man According to Greek mythology, the Sphinx, a creature that is part woman, part bird, and part lion, caused famine and disease in Thebes that could be ended only when someone solved her riddle.  Oedipus traveled to Thebes and answered the riddle correctly.  The citizens of Thebes consider him a hero because he restored harmony to their kingdom.  Sophocles alludes to the riddle of the Sphinx several times in his play, Oedipus Rex.  Since the riddle is a metaphor for Oedipus' life, it is ironic that he was able to answer the question.  His revelation of the riddle of the Sphinx further supports the perspective of Oedipus as the archetypa...   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 612 words
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tragoed Oedipus the King (Oedipus Rex) as Ideal Tragic Hero - Oedipus Rex as the Ideal Tragic Hero If we give ourselves up to a full sympathy with the hero, there is no question that the Oedipus Rex fulfills the function of a tragedy, and arouses fear and pity in the highest degree. But the modern reader, coming to the classic drama not entirely for the purpose of enjoyment, will not always surrender himself to the emotional effect. He is apt to worry about Greek fatalism and the justice of the downfall of Oedipus, and, finding no satisfactory solution for these intellectual difficulties, loses half the pleasure that the drama was intended to produce....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 1261 words
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tragoed Destiny and Fate's Triumph Over Free Will in Oedipus the King (Oedipus Rex) - The Tragedy of Fate in Oedipus the King      Oedipus the King is widely regarded as a tragedy of fate.  Briefly stated, it begins with a terrible plague that destroys the city.  King Oedipus sends a messenger to the oracle at Delphi to find a cure.  The answer that is received suggests to find out who the killer of King Laios was.  Oedipus sends for the prophet Teiresias, who after much arguing, finally reveals that Oedipus himself is the murderer.  Slowly but surely the history of Oedipus' situation begins to unravel, and it is discovered that there was a prophecy made that he would unwittingly kill his father and marry his mother; Oedipus fulfilled his prophecy....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]
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Pride and the Tragic Hero in Oedipus Rex and Othello - Pride and the Tragic Hero in Oedipus Rex and Othello     Pride is one of the seven deadly sins. Most proud people will never consider themselves to be truly proud until they come face to face with the consequences of their pride. Sophocles and Shakespeare both address this dilemma in their plays Oedipus Rex and Othello. Through their nobility, their tragic flaws, the fall these flaws cause, and the suffering and wisdom they derive from these falls, Oedipus and Othello reveal the true character of the tragic hero and show the devastating consequences of pride....   [tags: Othello Oedipus Rex Shakespeare Sophocles]
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Use of Character Flaws and Literary Devices to Teach Morals in Oedipus Rex - Use of Character Flaws and Literary Devices to Teach Morals in Oedipus Rex       The Greek tragedy Oedipus Rex is an excellent example of how an author can use literary techniques and personality traits to teach a certain moral or theme.  In Oedipus Rex, Sophocles communicates his themes and morals to the reader through the character flaws of Oedipus, a tragic hero.  The most prominent character flaw that Oedipus possesses is his excessive arrogance. One way this flaw is displayed is Oedipus' repeated use of the pronoun "I"....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]
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Oedipus the King: The Pierced Ankle in Oedipus Rex - The Symbol of the Pierced Ankle in Oedipus the King The classification of Oedipus the King as a tragedy requires it to meet certain criteria pertaining to the main character, Oedipus. Oedipus must have no control over the situation which he is in, he has to have been harmed by someone for doing nothing or doing what is just, and he must come to an end in which he is utterly lost, or dies without resolving the situation. All three of these criteria can be found represented under a symbol, and that symbol is the piercing of his ankles as a child....   [tags: Oedipus Rex Essays] 525 words
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Free Essays - The Imperfect Oedipus of Oedipus the King (Oedipus Rex) - The Imperfect Oedipus of Oedipus The King When the play Oedipus The King is mentioned, what do you think of. I think of a very ignorant man that tries to escape his fate-- a man that had so much confidence in himself that he would put false accusations on people and defy his gods just because he thinks he is right. During the play, Oedipus realizes his own flaws while he investigates who the "true killer" of Laius is. The first character flaw that comes out in the play Oedipus is Oedipus' bad temper and irritability....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 547 words
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tragoed Oedipus as the Ideal Tragic Hero of Oedipus the King (Oedipus Rex) - Oedipus as the Ideal Tragic Hero of Oedipus the King In the introduction to Sophocles' Oedipus the King, Sophocles defines a tragic hero as one who "[behaves] admirably as a man, [but who] is nevertheless tripped up by forces beyond his control and understanding..." (Sophocles 76).  In Oedipus the King, Oedipus is the tragic hero. The force that "trips up" the hero is fate, or, moira. It is Oedipus's actions that set the events into motion,  but it is ultimately his fate, and his attempted aversion to it, that brings about his downfall....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]
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Free Essays - Jocasta is Not to Blame in Oedipus the King (Oedipus Rex) - Jocasta is Not to Blame in Oedipus the King In the play, Oedipus the King , written by Sophocles, it is Oedipus, not Jocasta, that deserves our criticism. Oedipus made some `errors in judgement' that caused him dire consequences and is therefore going to be inevitably condemned for them. Many could argue that Jocasta is responsible for the downfall that Oedipus encounters due to an unsuccessful attempt to have Oedipus murdered as an infant. It could be said that she therefore deserves our criticism for her actions in the play although we cannot over look the choices the Oedipus makes himself....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 471 words
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Free Essays - Social Expectations in Oedipus the King (Oedipus Rex) - Social Expectations in Oedipus the King It is made clear that the citizens of Thebes were religious and had a deep reliance on the gods. "You cannot equal the gods..."p161. It was expected socially, that the citizens of Thebes recognized the gods power, and so for Jocasta to refer to the prophecies as "hollow" would not have been generally accepted behaviour. The priest is an elderly and religious man, something we realise is well respected in Thebes as Oedipus who is king, speaks with the priest on an equal level....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 470 words
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tragoed Free Essay: Oedipus the King (Oedipus Rex) as a Greek Tragedy - Oedipus the King as a Greek Tragedy The Greek tragedy, Oedipus the King, written by Sophocles (496-406 B.C.), adheres to Aristotles (384-322 B.C.) definition of a tragedy. The first criterion of a Greek tragedy is that the protagonist be a good person; doubly blessed with a good heart and noble intention. Sophocles reveals immediately at the start of the play that Oedipus is such a man. As is common in the Greek tragedy Oedipus is also an aristocrat. Born of the King and Queen of Thebes he is of true nobility....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 1603 words
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Free Essays - Impatience and Disrespect in Oedipus the King (Rex) - Impatience and Disrespect in Oedipus the King A bad attitude causes most fights between people. People showing disrespect by saying hurtful or crazy words without thinking them through upsets almost everyone. In the play, Oedipus the King, written by Sophocles, Oedipus was trying to find the murderer of his predecessor, King Laius. In doing so, Oedipus' impatience caused quarrels that brought out his paranoia and hot-temper. Oedipus' impatience was flagrant during his search for Laius' assassin....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 922 words
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Free Essays - The Themes of Oedipus the King (Rex) - The Themes of Oedipus the King In the play Oedipus the King, by Sophocles, two themes appear; one that humans have little control of their lives because fate always catches up with them and the theme that when someone makes a mistake, they will have to pay for it. The theme that the lives of humans are controlled by the gods, in Oedipus, show that everything humans do are futile and result in no gain but only loss. This theme is mainly shown by the character Oedipus, king of Thebes....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 719 words
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Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles - In “Oedipus the King,” an infant’s fate is determined that he will kill his father and marry his mother. To prevent this heartache his parents order a servant to kill the infant. The servant takes pity on the infant and gives him to a fellow shepherd, and the shepherd gives him to a king and queen to raise as their own. The young prince learns of the prophecy and flees from his interim parents because he is afraid that he is going to succeed. The young prince eventually accomplishes his prophecy without even knowing he is doing it....   [tags: Oedipus the King]
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Themes in Oedipus Rex by Sophocles - A prophecy of a boy who kills his father and marries his mother comes true in the story of Oedipus. Sophocles wrote Oedipus Rex, a play about a man who kills his father and marries his mother without realizing it. Oedipus leaves Corinth, the town he was raised in after being found hung by his ankles as a baby, and he kills his father, Laius, and his father’s servants. Then he arrives in Thebes and solves the riddle of the Sphinx, which he earns the ability to be ruler of Thebes and gets to marry Jocasta, his mother....   [tags: prophecy, ignorant, blindness]
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Oedipus Rex: The Search for Truth - THESIS STATEMENT Throughout Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, Oedipus frantically searched for the truth, but due to his pride, remained blind to his own connection to the dire plague that infected Thebes. PURPOSE STATEMENT Through critical analysis of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, the work Oedipus Rex, and other research it is affirmed that Oedipus searched for the truth but due to his pride could not see his connection to the plague that infected Thebes. INTRODUCTION Everyone desires to know the truth. It provides peace of mind, reassurance, closure, and a knowledge of what actually matters and what is superficial....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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The Role of Women in Oedipus Rex - For centuries women have fought to obtain basic civil rights and today, they are still fighting to obtain equal rights. From the right to vote to their right to birth control, women have always been trying to assert their own independence in order to expand their freedom. While much progress has been made, there is still room for improvement. However, the evolution of women’s rights and the role of women is mirrored in literature and can be used to illustrate the progression throughout history. Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex is no different....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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The Role of Fate in Oedipus Rex - Fate plays a very important role in Oedipus Rex as it is clearly inescapable and is not subject to change by free will, or even the will of the Gods. We learn of the prophecy given to Laius and Jocasta that their son will kill his father and marry his mother. Upon the birth of Oedipus, Laius and Jocasta send for a shepherd to come and take him away to be killed so that the prophecy cannot be fulfilled. Throughout the story we are continually shown how various characters efforts to escape their fate lead to nothing but fulfillment of that exact fate; and that man cannot deny his sorrow and suffering by escaping the fate that provokes it....   [tags: Prophecy, Actions, Characters] 609 words
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Oedipus Rex and Antigone by Sophocles - It is said, “There is a fine line between arrogance and confidence.” As a leader or ruler those lines may be even more blurred than in regular society. In the plays Oedipus Rex and Antigone both written by Sophocles, Oedipus and Creon both have episodes of arrogance that take control of their judgment and become their downfall. However, it is not how they rule that is the problem, but rather how they deal with the adverse effects of the decisions after learning all of the facts. Moreover, their pride takes control of them consuming their emotions and not allowing them the necessary judgment needed to make better rational decisions....   [tags: blind pride]
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Seeking Truth in "Oedipus Rex" - A man goes to the doctors for an ordinary physical; after several tests were performed the doctors want to share some tragic information with the man. One of the tests diagnosed the man with a disease that will result in him dying. The man’s first reaction is that he wants to know how much longer he has to live. The question is does one really want to put a timer on the amount of time they have left. In this society there are many people who seek the truth to matters that can have tremendous effect on their lives....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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The Illusion of Oedipus Rex - Oedipus portrays a tragic protagonist absorbed in a web of illusion that he believes to be real. Oedipus sincerely believes that his life is reality and that he is the son of King Polybus, the King of Thebes, and the husband of Queen Jocasta. However, what Oedipus does not grasp is that he fulfilled the prophecy the gods sent for him. "How dreadful knowledge of truth can be when there is no help in truth. I knew this well but did not act on it; else I should not have come" (Line 101). Tiresias admits his grief to Oedipus and tells him that it is his job to tell the truth....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]
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Understand Oedipus Rex by Sophocles - Many great thinkers, philosophers, artists, and scientists have made a single work of Greek tragedy a central piece, or a supporting pillar their theories. Oedipus Rex is the center to a trilogy of plays written by Sophocles, which includes Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone. Oedipus Rex has surpassed these other works for a number of reasons, most probably because out of the three it provides the clearest example of a classic tragedy. In this paper first we will first describe the play itself. Then we will examine the piece as it relates to performance work, which will involve looking briefly at the conventions of theater during ancient Greece....   [tags: greek, antigone, colonus]
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Oedipus Rex: The Key Passage - Oedipus Rex. A play that enacts the story of a man who’s ignorance, battle with fate over his free will, and his blindness to truth; lead him into his own demise. With so many critical elements in one play, there must be a climax where all of these elements come together and culminate into one key passage.The passage in lines 350-450 accomplishes this. In this passage there are several elements, but there are five significant ones: character development, the theme of: ignorance, fate versus free-will, and blindness to truth are revealed; and there is also foreshadowing of Oedipus’ demise as a result of these elements....   [tags: Sophocles, Character Development] 1264 words
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Oedipus Rex: A Movie Review - Oedipus Rex: A Movie Review Oedipus Rex is first of the trilogy about the life of Oedipus and his children, written by Sophocles. It tells about the tragic story of a baby who was abandoned in a field with the consent of his parents in order to escape the dreadful prophesy about him killing his own father and marrying his own mother. However, the servant who was supposed to leave the child in the field brought him to a shepherd who in turn gave the baby to the childless king and queen of Corinth....   [tags: prophesy, mother, blinded]
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King Oedipus Rex by Sophocles - Winston Churchill once said “It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link of the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.” Throughout the story of Oedipus Rex we see continuing theme of sight and blindness, not only in a physical aspect but in a more universal theme of trying to see and navigate one’s own destiny. King Oedipus Rex is a man that has be told of his future of killing his father and sleeping with his mother. In “seeing” this he makes an attempt to change what he thinks is true, when in reality he knows nothing and his blindness to this inevitably succumbs him to what is foretold....   [tags: blindness, knowledge, mother fixation]
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Oedipus Rex: The Tragic Heros - Most people in the 21st century usually do not imagine a hero as one who goes around killing his father, marrying his mother, and fathering his siblings, but all those contradictory notions made sense to the Greeks watching Oedipus Rex. Oedipus, the titular character of Sophocles’ infamous play, belongs with the typical tragic hero category, a grouping of noble, courageous heroes who deserves respect regardless of a fatal weakness in their character. As for Oedipus himself, his extreme pride, known as hubris to the Greeks, is the singular weakness that foreshadows his fall from the graceful dignity of a king into the tragic shame of an exile....   [tags: noble, courageous, flaw]
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Life of Oedipus Rex - Oedipus Rex suffered a strange, confusing, awkward, and sometimes embarrassing childhood. His trauma as a child, wretched beginning, strange fetish for older women, and unfavorable standing with the gods left him with no alternative but to suffer a terrible life. But what really drove the man to become what he will forever be remembered as. Little to nothing is truly known about his early life before his ascension to the throne and triumph over the Sphinx. After countless years of research and dedication one specialist has finally gathered enough information to show us the mystery behind the man, these are his stories....   [tags: Character Analysis] 913 words
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Oedipus Rex by Sophocles - Well known is the phrase, “facta, non verba,”- yet it is oft observed that deeds are defended by their doers with discourse. Persuasive oration is prominent in, ‘Crito,’ and is present in another piece from circa the same time-, ‘Oedipus Rex.’ These works of Plato and Sophocles share undoubtable similarities; discernible in both is the ways in which the protagonists attempt to justify their actions, with both raconteurs employing perspicacious reasoning, supposedly sacrosanct support, and suaveness to warrant their acts and assumptions....   [tags: facta, non verba, crito]
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