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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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The Tragedy of “Oedipus the King” - “Oedipus the King” by Sophocles is a tragedy of a man who unknowingly kills his father and marries his mother. Aristotles’ ideas of tragedy are tragic hero, hamartia, peripeteia, anagnorisis, and catharsis these ideas well demonstrated throughout Sophocles tragic drama of “Oedipus the King”. Tragic hero is a character of noble stature and has greatness but is triggered by some error and causes the hero’s downfall. Oedipus is the tragic hero of “Oedipus the king”. Oedipus has a noble stature and has greatness....   [tags: Sophocles, Literary Analysis] 1018 words
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Tragedy in Sophocles' Oedipus The King and Antigone - Tragedy in Sophocles' Oedipus The King and Antigone The Greeks considered tragedy the greatest form for literature.  However, the tragic ends for the characters were not ordained or set by fate, but rather caused by certain characteristics belonging to that person.  Such is the case with the characters of Sophocles' plays Oedipus the King and Antigone.  Oedipus from King Oedipus, and Antigone and Creon from Antigone posses characteristics, especially pride, that caused their tragic ends.  As the play progress, other characteristics appear and further add to the problem to such a point that it is inevitable that it will end in tragedy.  Therefore the tragedies were not a result of a plot b...   [tags: Sophocles Oedipus King Antigone Essays]
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The Greek Tragedy of Oedipus the King - A Greek tragedy is one with a tragic outcome that is an inevitable result of the key character's personal flaws. It is a calamity he or she was destined to. However, is it possible that a hero’s laudable qualities could lead to his or her catastrophic fate. Oedipus demonstrates several admirable qualities that are portrayed throughout Oedipus the King by Sophocles. Compassion, diligence, and justness are three qualities that contribute to the internal struggles that Oedipus faces resulting in his appalling downfall....   [tags: Sophocles, compassion, dilligence, justness]
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Exposure to Tragedy in Sophocles' Oedipus the King - ... . . believed that what happened to Oedipus happened because it was cruelly fated . . .” (26), so even though he tried to keep his fate from happening it would happen, nevertheless. Oedipus did not want to believe the warnings but later realized he did fulfill his fate he says, “. . . cursed in my birth, cursed in marriage, cursed in the lives I cut down with these hands!” (1310 ). Along with the external conflict, Sophocles’ further creates a believable plot by using a determinate ending. Oedipus going back and forth about the truth and not wanting to believe the truth is resolved at the end of the play....   [tags: competition, gods, killing]
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Tragedy in Oedipus the King by Sophocles - The play, “Oedipus the King” by Sophocles will show the tragic destiny of Oedipus; the King of Thebes. In the beginning, the play slowly starts to unfold until Oedipus realizes a mistake, and downwards spiral begins. The play will convey how “tragic power resides in human failing” (Walton). Although Oedipus did not intentional kill, his father and marry his mother. The author’s view of a tragic hero as seen in the play, “Oedipus the King” will exemplify Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero....   [tags: Destiny, Downfall, Greek]
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tragoed Oedipus the King (Oedipus Rex) as Greek Tragedy - Oedipus The King as Greek Tragedy The genre of drama is wide and contains works of varied forms and subjects. The first drama, on which all later works are based, developed in Greece and dealt with religious and social issues. According to AristotleÕs The Poetics, a Greek Tragedy must deal with a serious purpose, arousing a sense of pity or fear in the audience. The emphasis must be on plot over character development and the playwright must utilize suspense and unity of time, place and action....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 870 words
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The Perfect Aristotelian Tragedy: Oedipus the King - The Perfect Aristotelian Tragedy: Oedipus the King by Sophocles Works Cited Not Included Oedipus the King is an excellent example of Aristotle's theory of tragedy. The play has the perfect Aristotelian tragic plot consisting of paripeteia, anagnorisis and catastrophe; it has the perfect tragic character that suffers from happiness to misery due to hamartia (tragic flaw) and the play evokes pity and fear that produces the tragic effect, catharsis (a purging of emotion). Oedipus the King has the ingredients necessary for the plot of a good tragedy, including the peripeteia....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles] 1421 words
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Oedipus the King: A Classic Tragedy - ... Tragic stories offer a sense of learning about the human condition. Learning is a necessary step in the tragedy cycle; this learning is called the catharsis. A catharsis is often a cleansing or healing of the mind and a teaching about the human condition. As the audience watches the events unfold throughout the play they feel a sense of fear or pity. All of these feelings are purified/cleansed when the protagonist falls into suffering. As a broken man, one who now only seeks to make right from what his pride blinded him from seeing, Oedipus asks for forgiveness....   [tags: ancient Greek works, Sophocles] 1018 words
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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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Oedipus the King: A Classical Tragedy - Oedipus the King as a Classical Tragedy Aristotle, in his work 'The Poetics', tried to define the tragedy. Aristotle said that the hero, or at least the main character in a tragedy must be essentially good, but must bring upon himself his fall, due to a fatal flaw. Were the character not noble, many reason, an audience would not care about the person, and would not really notice his fall - from the street to the gutter is not a long way. In today's society this, of course, has been shown not to be true.  Modern playwrights have proven that an audience certainly can care about less prolific heroes, but in classical literature this rule stands, and all heroes of tragedy were noble, and tried...   [tags: Oedipus Rex Essays]
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Sorrowful Events in a Tragedy in Oedipus the King and Death of a Salesman - The Dictionary defines a tragedy as “any literary composition, as a novel, dealing with a somber theme carried to a tragic conclusion”. I would have to expand to say that I believe a tragedy is more of a dignified style of writing that seriously expresses sorrowful or terrible events as they relate to the sometimes heroic individual (the protagonist) of a story. Tragedy as a whole seems to probe the role of mankind in the universe. It plays to the questions of humanity, such as will mankind forever be torn between the forces of good and evil....   [tags: suffer, relatiotioship, somber theme]
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Oedipus the King as a Tragedy - Many things can describe a tragedy. However, according to definition of a tragedy by Aristotle, there are only five. The play has to have a tragic hero, preferably of noble stature. Second, the tragic hero must have a tragic flaw. Because of that flaw, the hero falls from either power or death. Due to the fall, the tragic hero discovers something. Finally, there must be catharsis in the minds of the audience. Oedipus Rex qualifies as a tragedy. It fits all the characteristics as defined by Aristotle....   [tags: Oedipus Rex Essays] 536 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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Oedipus the King - Oedipus the King The ancient Greeks were famous for their tragedies. These dramas functioned to “ask questions about the nature of man, his position in the universe, and the powers that govern his life” (“Greek” 1). Brereton (1968) stated that tragedies typically “involved a final and impressive disaster due to an unforeseen or unrealized failure involving people who command respect and sympathy. It often entails an ironical change of fortune and usually conveys a strong impression of waste....   [tags: Greek Tragedy Oedipus King Essays]
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Oedipus the King: A Plot Driven Tragedy - According to Aristotle, the driving force behind tragic works lies not in the development of characters but in the formulation of a specific plot structure. Aristotle believed that the purpose of all art is to imitate life and that human beings live their lives through events and actions. He argues that characters serve to advance the events of the plotline and that the characters themselves are not central. Aristotle's opinions on tragedy were largely constructed around Sophocles' Oedipus the King, which Aristotle called "the perfect tragedy." Considered by many to be one of the greatest plays of all time, Oedipus the King tells how Oedipus, the king of Thebes, comes to realize t...   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles] 1485 words
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Comparing Tragedy in Oedipus the King and Antigone - Oedipus the King More Tragic then Antigone                                        Sophocles was a master of tragedy, thereÕs no argument there. But which of the 2 plays weÕve studied, Oedipus the King and Antigone, is the more tragic. I believe that Oedipus the King was more intensely tragic and I think that if I were to see a the plays Òback to back,Ó Oedipus would be the more likely one to rivet true emotions from me. I think OedipusÕ cathartic value can be seen clearly when you compare the entirety of the results in both plays....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 365 words
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Tragedy in Oedipus the King and Doll's House - Only Peace in Death Tragedy has been apart of human history since the dawning of civilization. Man has been plunged into terrible tragedies for ages. But not until the Greeks and prominent playwrights such as Sophocles did tragedy take on into its own on the stage. Out of this rebirth of tragedy came what has been considered, even by Aristotle himself, the greatest tragedy ever written, Oedipus the King. He delves into the human psyche: bringing forth the notion of predestination, a supposition desperately believed in by humans, betraying the fatal flaws of his hero and manifesting the suffering brought upon the hero by his tragic downfall....   [tags: essays research papers] 1052 words
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Tragedy in Oedipus the King and Doll's House - Faults Written in the Stars During the Ancient Grecian time periods, tragedy meant death because one defied against an outer prophecy. Modern day tragedy was simply realism, the unspoken way of life. In Sophocles' Oedipus the King and Ibsen's A Doll's House, the main characters - Nora and Oedipus, are both constructed to illustrate flaws in society and how naive people are. Ibsen and Sophocles both developed tragedy into a central idea that all people surreptitiously understand. Nora and Oedipus make incompetent decisions that assist in discovering their fundamental nature as tragic heroes and provoke sorrow and pity among the audience....   [tags: essays research papers] 664 words
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Oedipus the King - A Greek Tragedy by Sophocles - Oedipus arrives at Thebes and finds the city under the curse of the Sphinx who will not free the city unless the riddle is answered. Oedipus solves the riddle and is rewarded and made king. Laius, former king, has been killed and Oedipus has married the widowed queen, Iokaste. Now another plague is raging and the people of Thebes have asked Oedipus to rescue them. Kreon, Iokaste's brother returns from Apollo's oracle with the news that Laius's murder must be punished in order to rid the city of the plague....   [tags: Oedipus Rex Essays] 629 words
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Oedipus the King and The Tragedy of King Lear - Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex and William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of King Lear One of the key themes in both Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of King Lear and Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex is the importance of having a good understanding of our condition as human beings – knowing ourselves, the world that surrounds us and our place in it. At the same time, however, both authors recognize the fact that blindness to this knowledge of the human condition is a basic mortal trait. Thus, before we can have an understanding of the human condition, we must endure a journey to wisdom....   [tags: compare contrast] 1274 words
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tragoed Comparing Elements of Tragedy in Hamlet and Oedipus the King - The Tragedies of Hamlet and Oedipus the King       Tragedy is a broad genre that may take many forms. Sophocles' Oedipus the King and Shakespeare's Hamlet both contain the basic elements of tragedy, but Hamlet is a tragic hero, while Oedipus is a tragic villain. From the opening moments of Hamlet, the audience knows that Hamlet must avenge his father's death. Oedipus, on the other hand, kills his own father and unwittingly marries his mother, thus sealing his own fate and fulfilling the prophecy that stated he would do just that....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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tragoed Comparing Tragedy in Hamlet and Oedipus the King (Oedipus Rex) - Tragedy in Hamlet and Oedipus the King Tragedy comes in many forms, for example earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes are all types of tragedies. On the other hand, when talking about tragedy in literature, it has a whole different meaning. Tragedy in literature is on a smaller scale than things like earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes. In literature tragedy is usually about one person and the horrible things that happen to them during their life in a story or play. Oedipus is the main character in the play Oedipus the King....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 624 words
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Transformation of the Tragedy in Oedipus, King Lear, and Desire Under The Elms - Transformation of the Tragedy in Oedipus Rex, King Lear, and Desire Under The Elms           Over the course of time, many things tend to transform significantly. Such is the case of tragic literature and the cathartic effect it has on the reader, which has deteriorated a great deal from Sophocles' writing of the true tragedy, Oedipus Rex. King Lear exemplifies partial decomposition of catharsis, whereas Desire Under The Elms epitomises an almost total collapse of the cathartic effect. It is assumed that the lower the social status of the tragic hero, the weaker the ability of the 1990's audience to identify with the character's flaw....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Hamartia in Oedipus the King - Hamartia in Oedipus the King According to Aristotle, the tragic hero is impeded by a distinguishable characteristic or character trait which leads to his ultimate demise. This trait is known as hamartia, or the "tragic flaw." This characteristic is said to not only lead to the hero's demise but may also enable the reader to sympathize with the character. So it follows that in Oedipus the King, a Greek tragedy, the tragic hero Oedipus should have some sort of flaw. However, after close examination of the text, no distinguishable "flaw" is revealed....   [tags: Greek Tragedy Tragedies Oedipus Essays] 974 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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The Play Oedipus The King by Sophocles - ... Polybius raised the child as his own, naming him Oedipus, which means, "swollen-foot". After entering his adulthood he consulted, the Oracle of Delphi to find out about his future. The Oracle told him the terrible prophecy that had been told to his father. Still believing that Polybius was his real father, Oedipus decided to go to Thebes so he would not be near Polybius, effectively escaping the prophecy to avoid the bad deeds from happening. It was his bad luck that when he left Corinth, he went back to Thebes where he by mistakenly killed King Laius and everything what was said to him started to happen....   [tags: thebes, drama, tragedy] 1012 words
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Oedipus the King by Sophocles - Oedipus the King, a tragedy which was written by the ancient greek dramatist Sophocles, is often referred to as the perfect tragedy (McManus, 1999). According to Aristotle in his Poetics, in order for a story to be considered a tragedy, it must be realistic, evoke a series of emotions leading to catharsis, which is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as “the process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions”. A tragedy should also contain six key elements: Plot, Character, Thought, Diction, Melody, and Spectacle (McManus, 1999)....   [tags: perfect tragedy, aristotle, greek]
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Analysis of Oedipus the King - The tale of Oedipus and his prophecy has intrigued not only the citizens of Greece in the ancient times, but also people all over the world for several generations. Most notable about the play was its peculiar structure, causing the audience to think analytically about the outcomes of Oedipus’ actions and how it compares with Aristotle’s beliefs. Another way that the people have examined the drama is by looking at the paradoxes (such as the confrontation of Tiresias and Oedipus), symbols (such as the Sphinx), and morals that has affected their perceptions by the end of the play....   [tags: Sophocles, Greek Tragedy]
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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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Oedipus the King - ... Despite the important role of fate in the life of Oedipus, he is driven by his intense pride and determination, at times stubbornly, to pursue his goals. Determination proves to be more of a weakness than a blessing for Oedipus. . In the opening of Oedipus the King, Oedipus is portrayed as a caring and compassionate leader. Oedipus is very concerned that the people of Thebes are suffering. He is determined to find out why, and to ease their suffering through any means necessary. He feels as though he can fix anything regardless of what it is....   [tags: Sophocles tragedy] 826 words
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The Pride of Oedipus the King - The Pride of Oedipus the King Oedipus the King is perhaps one of the most famous and influential of Sophocles' plays. It is a tragic play which focuses on the discovery by Oedipus that he has killed his father and married his mother. On the surface of this drama there is, without a doubt, a tone of disillusionment. Throughout the play we find that Oedipus, the protagonist of this Greek tragedy, is tested by life in a number of ways. To those in Athens who watched the performance of Oedipus the King, Oedipus appeared to be the embodiment of a perfect Athenian....   [tags: Sophocles Tragedy Tone Theme]
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The Differences in the Conveyance of Messages in Fagles and Sheppard Translations of Oedipus the King - ... Fagles’ variant of Oedipus is stated in a much more poetic tone in juxtaposition to Sheppard's tone of the tragedy, which lacks the melodic sound and urgency of Oedipus’ downfall. Fagles gives a more dramatic tone which Sheppard lacks. For instance, following Oedipus saying he can not see his children, literally and figuratively since he is blinded, he states “All men must caste away the great blasphemer, the curse now brought to light by the gods, the son of Laius, I, my father’s son” (Fagles 1336)....   [tags: tone, passion, tragedy] 681 words
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A Survey of Tragedy - A Survey of Tragedy A modern tragedy of today and a tragedy of ancient Greece are two very different concepts, but ironically, both are linked by many similarities. In “Poetics”, Aristotle defines and outlines tragedy for theatre in a way that displays his genius, but raises questions and creates controversy. Aristotle’s famous definition of tragedy states: “A tragedy is the imitation of an action that is serious, and also as having magnitude, complete in itself in language with pleasurable accessories, each kind brought in separately in the parts of the work; in a dramatic, not in a narrative form: with incidents arousing pity and fear; wherewith to accomplish its catharsis of such emotion...   [tags: Oedipus The King, Death of a Salesman]
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Oedipus The King by Sophocles - According to Bernard Knox, “these attributes of divinity – knowledge, certainty, justice – are all qualities Oedipus thought he possessed – and that is why he was the perfect example of the inadequacy of human knowledge, certainty, and justice”. The lack of these qualities pushed Oedipus farther from the truth and closer to his great downfall. In Sophocles’ Oedipus the King, Oedipus’ tragic downfall was caused by his alleged certainty of knowledge, his rash actions and judgment, and his unwavering sense for justice....   [tags: tragedy, justice, prophecy]
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Oedipus the King by Sophocles - ... Once fully grown, he set out on a journey to the shrine at Delphi, only to be told he would lie with his own mother, “breed children from whom all men would turn their eyes (pg. 1226),” and that he will be his father’s murderer. Hearing such disturbing words caused Oedipus to flee and journey on as far away from Corinth as possible. Ironically, he is fleeing towards what he wants prevented. During his Journey, Oedipus came by the three-way crossroads. Coming towards him, was a horse drawn chariot....   [tags: ancient Greek tragedy analysis] 603 words
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Oedipus the King - Oedipus the King The uniqueness of the story of Oedipus the King lies in the fact that it is not told, but uncovered. Intertwined within are the workings of fate, which ultimately propel the uncovering of the story (Driver 247). The past is relied upon to solve the mystery of the present; however, it is learned by all that actions taken in the past will not change the fate of the future. The gods of Sophocles are the forces which operate within the cosmos, thus giving its consistency and order....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 394 words
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The Role of Hamartia in Oedipus the King - The Role of Hamartia in Oedipus the King Literary tragedy has roots that extend two and a half millennia into the past, but throughout this history the genre's defining characteristics have remained the same. At the very core of tragedy lies an uncertainty over the cause of the tragic predicament. The leading candidate for an explanation of this cause often comes under the name of hamartia, a Greek word that translates into "a defect in character", "an error" or "a mistake." However, the most common conception (or misconception) of this notion is that it involves "a moral or intellectual weakness," a view that often leads scholars to regard hamartia as the answer to questions of tragic fl...   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]
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The Pride of Sophocles' Oedipus The King - The Pride of Sophocles' Oedipus The King        Greek tragedy is characterized by the emotional catharsis brought about by the horrific suffering of a heroic figure. In Oedipus The King, by Sophocles, the onslaught of pain assailing the protagonist is a result of his tragic flaw. Sophocles often used a characters hamartia to alter or influence the outcome or future of the hero. Oedipus' hubris traps him to fulfil the oracle and intensifies his punishment.   Oedipus' pride is an innate characteristic....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]
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Free Oedipus the King Essays: Hamartia in Oedipus Rex - Hamartia in Oedipus the King According to the Aristotelian characteristics of good tragedy, the tragic character should not fall due to either excessive virtue or excessive wickedness, but due to what Aristotle called hamartia. Hamartia may be interpreted as either a flaw in character or an error in judgement. Oedipus, the tragic character in Sophocles’ Oedipus the King, certainly makes several such mistakes; however, the pervasive pattern of his judgemental errors seems to indicate a basic character flaw that precipitates them....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 483 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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The Downfall and Destruction of a King in the Play, Oedipus the King - The Downfall of a King in the Play, Oedipus the King I found the tragedy of "Oedipus the King" to be quite interesting. It was not as hard to read as an epic. "The purpose of tragedy is to arouse the emotions of pity and fear and thus to produce in the audience a catharsis of these emotions." (p488, A Handbook of Literature) A tragedy has more drama and builds to the climax. Oedipus' fate was set into motion by the circumstances he created himself because of his own rashness and arrogance. This is called an inciting incident....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 1641 words
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Contrast Between Oedipus the King and Antigone by Sophocles - Contrast between Oedipus the King and Antigone Sophocles, a famous and renowned Greek dramatist, is the playwright to both the play Oedipus the King and Antigone. Along with Antigone and Oedipus Sophocles had also wrote Electra and Fete. Sophocles wrote many Greek tragedies which are plays in which the main character in the play suffers a tragedy due to some flaw of theirs. An example would be how Oedipus (thinking he is defying a prophecy) murders his father and weds his mother. His flaw was him trying to defy fate if he had not just stayed where he was he would’ve been fine....   [tags: flaw, conflict, tragedy]
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Spousal Relationships in Macbeth and Oedipus the King - In Macbeth, by William Shakesphere, and Oedipus the King by Sophocles, the spousal relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, and Oedipus and Jocasta, play a major role in the events that lead to the tragedy. Their love, respect, and determination for each other reveal the nature of the relationship shared by them. In Macbeth, the bond between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth is strong. For instance, when he first hears the prophecy from the three weird sisters, he immediately writes to Lady Macbeth informing her about the prophecies....   [tags: Macbeth, Oedipus the King, marriage,] 741 words
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Oedipus The King - Oedipus the King: Appetite for Destruction Of all the tragedies that Greek playwright Sophocles created in his illustrious career, the one that stands out as his masterpiece, and quite possibly one of the greatest of all the Greek tragedies is Oedipus the King. The tragedy focuses on the life and downfall of the unfortunate King Oedipus, who was condemned by the oracle at an early age to murder his father and marry his mother. Despite the oracle’s grim prediction, Oedipus was responsible for his own downfall due to his overly proud and impetuous attitude, and his own intellect and diligence....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles] 497 words
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Oedipus the King - According to Webster's Dictionary, fate is defined as "A power that supposedly predetermines what is to happen" (257). In the play "Oedipus Rex" each character is touched by fate directly or indirectly. The author of the play Sophocles pens the story of a man who was destine from birth to be both martyr and hero, he could never be one without the other. Another view of "Oedipus Rex" is that some critics view him as a "tyrant" and not a hero because he did not come into power by natural succession, but through more sinister means, which are revealed later in the play....   [tags: Oedipus Rex Essays] 1152 words
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Oedipus the King and Aristotle - In Poetics' by Aristotle, the author talks about what he feels are the conventions of any successful tragic play. With that in mind perhaps the greatest tragedy from his time period if not ever is Oedipus the King by Sophocles. It fits almost perfectly the majority of the criteria Aristotle sets and so has been considered by some scholars as the perfect tragedy. The main criteria set by Aristotle involves the plot and the plays main character. According to Aristotle, for a tragedy to be both successful and effective there must be a reversal, a "change from one state of affairs to its exact opposite", and there must be recognition, "a change from ignorance to knowledge" on the part of the...   [tags: Oedipus Rex Essays] 621 words
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Characterization in Oedipus the King - Characterization in Oedipus Rex              The dialogue, action and motivation revolve about the characters in the story (Abrams 32-33). It is the purpose of this essay to demonstrate the types of characters present in Sophocles’ tragic drama, Oedipus Rex, whether static or dynamic, whether flat or round, and whether protrayed through showing or telling.   Werner Jaeger in “Sophocles’ Mastery of Character Development” pays the dramatist the very highest compliment with regard to character development:   The ineffaceable impression which Sophocles makes on us today and his imperishable position in the literature of the world are both due to his character-drawing....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]
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