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Comparing the Tragic Flaws in Oedipus Rex (the King) and Death of a Salesman - The Tragic Flaws in Oedipus Rex and Death of a Salesman "Oedipus Rex" and "Death of a Salesman" are two examples of tragedies. In these two plays the characters are good, but not perfect, and their misfortunes are the result of their tragic flaws. Blindness and vision are used as motifs in the play "Oedipus Rex," which are also the tragic flaws of the hero. Vision refers to both literal and metaphorical blindness. The frequent references to sight, light, eyes, and perception are used throughout the play....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 408 words
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To What Extent are ‘Othello’ and 'Oedipus Rex' Perfect Examples of Tragedy - ‘Othello’ was written between 1601 and 1603. It was first performed in the Elizabethan courts during the Christmas season. The idea of a ‘perfect’ tragedy is the idea that the tragedy is faultless; it does what is expected; so makes the audience feel empathy and sympathy for the characters who suffer. There are two different types of tragedy: classical tragedy and Shakespearean tragedy. The tragic hero in this play is the main character, Othello. Othello's misfortune comes about because of his jealousy, trust, and his pride....   [tags: Othello, Tragedy, shakespeare, theatre, Oedipus Re] 1157 words
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Oedipus Rex - The great poet and philosopher Aristotle was a highly intellectual man who loved to reason. One of his ideas was his structured analysis of the quintessential “tragic hero” of Greek drama. In his work Poetics he defines a tragic hero as “...The man who on the one hand is not pre-eminent in virtue and justice, and yet on the other hand does not fall into misfortune through vice or depravity, but falls because of some mistake; one among the number of the highly renowned and prosperous.” Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero is clearly shown by the main character in the Greek tragedy Oedipus the King by Sophocles....   [tags: essays research papers] 522 words
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Oedipus The King - Greek tragedy is characterized by the emotional discharging brought about by the suffering of a heroic figure. In Oedipus The King, by Sophocles, the agony of pain attacking the protagonist is a result of his tragic flaw. Sophocles often uses a characters hamartia to alter or influence the future or outcome of the hero, in this case, Oedipus. Oedipus' hubris traps him into fulfilling the vision and intensifies his punishment. Oedipus' pride is an inherited characteristic. Even before his glory and power as King of Thebes, he allowed his conceit to affect his judgment and rule his actions....   [tags: Sophocles] 1364 words
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The Tragedy of Oedipus - The Tragedy of Oedipus When there is the mention of a hero in literature, the image of a tall, strong man on a pure colored horse, with a sword drawn and the shield held up, crying out to his men the honor and good they will bring in defense of their homeland, may come to mind. This, though, is not the image Sophocles gives to Oedipus, yet Oedipus is considered a true hero. Even if he is not depicted as a great war hero, or one who does some great deed to the benefit of humanity, he is the image of the perfect tragic hero, having normal, imperfect qualities, yet facing the consequences of his actions with dignity....   [tags: Papers] 1121 words
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Oedipus the King - Oedipus the King Oedipus, a man who possesses a lot of self-confidence and a character who changes to a man in denial to a man more like a tyrant then a king after he begins to solve the new riddle of Laius's death. While Oedipus is trying to figure out the riddle his personality which defines him as a character we label tragic is his attitude towards fate. Oedipus, rather then aligning himself with fate or learning through experience to accept the mystery of fate, he chooses to deny it. He will make his own decisions in his own way, and will live with the consequences those bring....   [tags: English Literature] 1038 words
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Oedipus Rex - ... Despite being so broken and publicly shamed, Oedipus still persists with his former way of interacting with fate : noble defiance (Johnston, Part 3). Although this quality itself is admirable, Oedipus takes uncompromising to the extreme, losing insight on everything else. Oedipus becomes ignorant to his surroundings, leading to his downfall (Johnston, Part 3). Oedipus’ story also challenges the fundamental belief that life should be rational and just. (Johnston, Part 3) His story illuminates that fate is arbitrarily cruel and will sometimes pick the greatest people to bring to their downfall....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Sophocles] 847 words
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The Hubris of Oedipus - "Oedipus the King" written by Sophocles, is a powerful Greek tragedy story. The protagonist, Oedipus is a heroic mythical king who had it all. Oedipus pursues to find the true answers to his identity and destiny, while at the same time trying to avoid fulfilling his destiny. "Oedipus the King" was introduced around 429 B.C.E. in Athens. This was Sophocles' most celebrated play. It is recognized by many titles, such as its Latin title "Oedipus Rex" and "Oedipus Tyrannus." Sophocles' performed this play at the annual festival of Dionysus--a religious festival, which celebrated Dionysus, the god of intoxication, death, and fertility....   [tags: Book Reviews] 1682 words
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Oedipus the King - Oedipus the King While reading classical literature one is bound to run into many types of heroes. The different types of heroes can range in their greatness, but above all, the tragic hero is viewed as being the most alluring of them all. A tragic hero, as defined by Aristotle, is a man who is great but also terribly flawed, who experiences a fall in misfortunes while still remaining admirable to the audience at the end of the play. One of Aristotle’s favorite works, Oedipus the King, a play by Sophocles, is a play that above all others, defines the meaning of what a true tragic hero really is....   [tags: essays research papers] 817 words
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The Downfall of Oedipus - Sophocles life lasted from 497 BC-405 BC. Throughout his 92 years of being, he managed to write many tragic plays and one on his most famous ones is, Oedipus Rex. In, Oedipus Rex, he introduces to us Oedipus as king of Thebes only to end the play having this same king, as a blind beggar. His downfall is not linked to any other character in the play; so the only person to blame is Oedipus. Oedipus’s flaws resulted on having him end the play as a blinded beggar. Even though Oedipus is a victim of fate, his arrogance, attention to Thebe’s people and his search of certainty will be flaws leading to his tragic ending....   [tags: Greek Literature] 764 words
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King Oedipus - King Oedipus by Sophocles Blindness is the downfall of the hero Oedipus in the play “King Oedipus” by Sophocles. Not only does the blindness appear physically, but also egotistically as he refuses to acknowledge the possibility of him actually being the murderer of Laius, the former King of Thebes. Coincidentally, he is also Oedipus’s biological father. The use of light and dark in the play is strategically applied in order to better understand the emotion that lies within the characters. As blame is placed upon Oedipus for the murder of Laius, he blinds himself from the possible reality that he may be the killer....   [tags: essays research papers] 850 words
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Oedipus and Othello - We as humans repress certain emotion to help us forget about a tragic event. In psychology catharsis is a form of technique that is used to relieve any type of anxiety by bringing repressed feelings and fears to consciousness. In tragic plays catharsis is the emotion that makes the audience feel pity, fear, and a sense of relief instead of hopelessness in the end of the play. In the tragedies Oedipus the king by Sophocles and Othello the moor of Venice by Shakespeare we feel these same emotions towards Oedipus and Othello....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature] 583 words
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Oedipus the King - Oedipus the King "Oedipus the King" Essay Oedipus Rex lived his life knowing the fate to which he was destined. He tried at all costs to avoid Apollo's prophecies; however, this only led him to a state of tragedy and despair. This outcome made it justifiable for the educated reader to label him as a "tragic hero." Oedipus' obvious identification made it all the more difficult to investigate the question as to whether there could be more than one "tragic hero" per novel. The supporting characters of Jocasta and Laius were possibilities, and in the following paragraphs, their likeness to a figure of tragedy will be expressed....   [tags: Classics] 1072 words
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Oedipus Rex - Strength Equals Downfall Aristotle defined a tragic story as the adventure of a good man who reaches his ultimate downfall because he pushed his greatest quality too far. Sophocles advocates the definition in the tragic play Oedipus Rex. He develops the play with the great polarities of fame and shame, sight and blindness, and ignorance and insight to show Oedipus&#8217; experiences in search for knowledge about his identity. Through his search, Oedipus pushes his quest for truth too far and ultimately reaches his doom....   [tags: essays research papers] 547 words
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Oedipus the King - ... Sophocles grew up during the Persian Wars and lived during the Age of Pericles and the Peloponnesian War. During his ninety-year lifespan, he witnessed the rise and fall of the Athenian Golden Age. He grew up in the town of Colonus, just outside of Athens, which was the setting for his tragedy Oedipus at Colonus. His father (Sophillus) was a wealthy nobleman who sent his son to Athens for an education. Of the one hundred twenty-three plays that Sophocles wrote, only seven survived (Ancient / Classical History)....   [tags: Greek Literature]
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Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller: Willy Loman is NOT a Tragic Hero - Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller: Willy Loman is NOT a Tragic Hero In The Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, it is argued weather that Willy Loman is a tragic hero. There are cases for both classifications of Willy. By definition, a tragic hero is a person born into nobility, is responsible for their own fate, endowed with a tragic flaw, and doomed to make a serious error in judgment. The tragic hero eventually falls from great esteem. They realize they have made an irreversible mistake, faces death with honor, and dies tragically....   [tags: Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller] 984 words
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Willy Loman as a Tragic Hero in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Willy Loman as a Tragic Hero in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman Should 'Willy Loman' of Arthur Millers classic, Death of a Salesman be regarded as a tragic hero, or merely a working-class, socially inadequate failure. Described by Miller as a "self-destructive, insecure anti-hero", it seems almost impossible for Loman to be what is known as a tragic hero in the 'classical' sense, but with the inclusion of other factors he maybe a tragic hero, at least in the modern context, or partially suit one nonetheless....   [tags: Papers] 1220 words
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Discuss the ways in which the character of Oedipus in Oedipus the King - Discuss the ways in which the character of Oedipus in Oedipus the King conforms to the conventions of the tragic hero. In your discussion refer to how the issues explored in the play have a wider significance than the tragedy of Oedipus as an individual. Assessment 9: Short Essay – Drama Discuss the ways in which the character of Oedipus in Oedipus the King conforms to the conventions of the tragic hero. In your discussion refer to how the issues explored in the play have a wider significance than the tragedy of Oedipus as an individual....   [tags: Drama] 1196 words
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Tragic Flaws and the Role They Play - Tragic Flaws and the Role They Play Many Greeks considered tragedies to be the greatest form of literature. The characters in these tragedies, mainly the heroes, were not doomed from the start because of their fate, but rather had certain flaws that made them cause their tragic ends. These tragic heroes have been talked about for generations and have had their stories passed down year after year. These heroes, all having different tragic flaws, slowly bring their impending doom closer and closer throughout the story, accumulating different characteristics that also speed up the process....   [tags: Greek Literature] 505 words
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The Arrogance of King Oedipus - ... Sophocles created a story in which the main character fulfilled the traditional concept of a tragic hero before the play even began. Through Oedipus’ murder of his father, he displays patterns of excessive arrogance and hubris, this is his fallibility. Additionally, Oedipus flaunts his ignorance by marrying Jocasta, when an oracle told him earlier that he would marry his own mother. Oedipus’ fallibility of arrogance is the leading force that drives him to make the mistakes of murder and incest....   [tags: Theatre]
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The Tragic Fate of Greek Heroes - The Tragic Fate of Greek Heroes The hero stands as an archetype of who we should be and who we wish to be. However, the hero has inherent flaws, which we do not wish to strive towards. In literature, these flaws are not used as examples of what we should be but rather as examples of what not to be. This is especially dominant in the Greek hero. The Greek hero battles fate with excessive pride and intelligence, yet follows his fate, making serious mistakes. The Greek hero is strong and mighty while his wit and intelligence are highly valued....   [tags: Papers] 783 words
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Tragic Flaws in Antigone - One of the greatest Greek plays is Antigone. Antigone is a tragic Sophoclean play, which portray two great examples for a tragic hero. I believe Creon and Antigone, the main characters of the play to be tragic heroes. A tragic hero is a character who is known for being dignified and has a flaw that assists to his or her downfall. Both Creon and Antigone are dignified and flawed in their own ways, having a similar tragic flaw. Antigone is very proud, liker her father Oedipus, who also happens to be a tragic hero; I guess it runs in the family....   [tags: Antigone, ] 620 words
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The tragic in Antony and Cleopatra - The tragic in Antony and Cleopatra His captain's heart, Which in the scuffles of great fights hath burst The buckles on his breast, reneges all temper And is become the bellows and the fan To cool a gipsy's lust. Antony and Cleopatra seems to have a special place in Shakespeare's works because it is at a crossroad between two types of play. It clearly belongs to what are generally called the 'Roman' plays, along with Coriolanus and Julius Caesar. But it is also considered a tragedy. The importance of history in the play cannot be denied, especially where it is compared to Shakespeare's 'great' tragedies such as Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet....   [tags: Shakespeare Tragedy Plays Papers]
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Oedipus The King Sophocles - THE GREEK THEATRE 2) Is Oedipus a Tragic Hero. Answer this question demonstrating specific understandings of the concepts of Tragedy and the Tragic Hero. In the Greek play, “King Oedipus” written by Sophocles, certain characteristics, which determine the traits of a tragic hero, reveal themselves as the play unfolds. These traits enable readers to enjoy a more enhanced reading of the play and also serve to evoke a particular response from the reader. Readers acknowledge that King Oedipus is a tragic hero because he is he is an important and influential man....   [tags: essays research papers] 1095 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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Oedipus Rex by Sophocles - Oedipus Rex by Sophocles In Sophocles' "Oedipus the King" which is a tragic play, which discusses the tragic discovery that Oedipus has killed his father and married his mother. Oedipus is the embodiment of the perfect Athenian. He is self-confident, intelligent, and strong willed. Ironically these are the very traits which bring about his tragic discovery. Oedipus gained the rule of Thebes by answering the riddle of The Sphinx. Sophocles used the riddle of The Sphinx as a metaphor for the 3 phases of Oedipus' life and to further characterized him as a tragic hero....   [tags: Papers] 1824 words
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On Hubris and Tragic Heroes - ... Not only does he have to endure the deaths of his wife and son (Sophocles 1400-1477), but he must live through his agony, pain, and loss. This is reflected in Koryphaios's remark to Kreon that “Your fate is in the care of those who care for you.” (Sophocles 1521), implying that Kreon no longer possessed control over the choice to live or die. In death, a person escapes from all earthly troubles. In fact, Antigone herself recognizes that she is doomed to die, being mortal. (Sophocles 571-575)....   [tags: Greek Literature] 685 words
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Oedipus Rex as a Tragedy - Oedipus Rex 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: Papers] 536 words
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Review of Oedipus the King - Review of Oedipus the King Over 2,000 years ago, one of the most celebrated dramatic works in the world was born: Oedipus the King. So remarkable was this piece, that even now this play is still discussed and performed. This essay attempts to show why this may be, by pointing out the features that may have contributed to the play’s enduring worth and significance. First to be mentioned is the question raised in the play of whether it is Fate, Free Will or perhaps both, that play the most crucial part in the tragic undoing of the protagonist Oedipus....   [tags: Classics] 2144 words
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Irony in Oedipus Rex - Irony in Oedipus Rex Oedipus Rex, by the Greek playwright Sophocles, is, without a doubt, one of the greatest examples of dramatic irony. There are many instances where the audience knows so much more than the main characters, and Sophocles uses irony to point to Oedipus as Laius' murderer as well. Additionally, Oedipus is most definitely a tragic hero-he had a tragic flaw, namely that he was relentless and often rash in his search for the truth about Laius' death and his killer; this ultimately lead to Oedipus' own destruction....   [tags: essays papers] 545 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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Free Will in Sophocles Oedipus Rex - Free Will in Sophocles Oedipus Rex 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, a pain that stems from his prideful life. Oedipus is aware that he alone is responsible for his actions. He freely chooses to pursue and eventually accept his own life's destruction. Although fate victimizes Oedipus, he is a tragic figure since his own heroic qualities, his loyalty to Thebes, and his undying quest for the truth ruin him....   [tags: essays papers] 693 words
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A Comparison of Oedipus and Beowulf - A Comparison of Oedipus and Beowulf The characters Oedipus and Beowulf represent two different types of heroes. Oedipus is a tragic hero and characterized by its standards. He was an influential man of stature who had a tragic flaw. While he contributed to his own downfall, Oedipus was not entirely responsible for it. He also learned a lesson from his mistakes which ultimately creates a catharsis in the reading audience. Beowulf, on the other hand, is characterized by the standards of an epic hero....   [tags: Papers] 688 words
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Oedipus The King is a Greek Disaster - Oedipus the king by Sophocles is one of the oldest ancient Greek tragedies known to the common world. The play posses all factors that a classic Greek tragedy requires. To further explain, I agree with the fact that "Oedipus the King" by Sophocles is a Greek disaster. This hard to believe, remarkable play has been proven to be a Greek tragedy by Aristotle. In Aristotle’s thoughts, a classical drama must tell the story of a downfall, have unexpected twists of fate, cause pity and fear in the audience, and have a disastrous ending....   [tags: Sophocles] 954 words
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Oedipus is Deserving of his Suffering - Question: Sir John Sheppard comments that Oedipus behaves normally, commits an error in ignorance and brings suffering upon himself. He declares that "Oedipus suffers not because of his guilt, but in spite of his goodness.” What is your opinion of this comment. I disagree with this statement. To a certain extend, I think Oedipus’s suffer is what he deserved. No one can be held fully responsible for actions committed under some kind of external constraint, and for the case of Oedipus, such constraint might be exerted by god....   [tags: essays research papers] 547 words
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Faith in God in Oedipus Rex - 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: Papers] 529 words
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Character Analysis of Oedipus - In Sophocles' “Oedipus Rex”, the theme of irony plays an important part throughout the play. In the play, Oedipus Rex believes that if he leaves Corinth he will be able to avoid his fate. The oracle says the Oedipus will kill his father and bear children with his mother. Eventually, he unknowingly kills his father in a chance meeting and married his mother. Oedipus remains clueless that the oracle’s prediction has come to pass. The play is a tragedy, and Oedipus is a tragic hero because he has an act of injustice, because his downfall is the result of his own fault, because he gains and as well as loses....   [tags: essays research papers] 559 words
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Comparison of Beowulf and Oedipus Rex - Comparison of Beowulf and Oedipus Rex Beowulf is an Anglo-Saxon folk epic written by an unknown author. It was written sometime during the eighth century. Oedipus Rex is an Ancient Greek tragedy written by the playwright Sophocles sometime around 430 BC. Although the two works were written during two different time periods, in two different places, and are different kinds of literature, they contain many similarities in the manner in which they depict a hero and the depiction of government....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 1176 words
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Oedipus Rex and Religion - In the tragic play Oedipus Rex, the concept of religion greatly influences the social structure which in turn has a profound effect on the events that unfold throughout the play. Oedipus is the head of the state. There is a direct parallel in the demise of his household and city state which eventually comes to a full circle to destroy him. Even though Oedipus is praised by his people for being a responsible and honest king, he possesses a major character flaw in his attitude towards the gods which causes the tragic torture he faces in the end....   [tags: American Literature] 713 words
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Doing Unintelligent Things in Oedipus - Doing Unintelligent Things in Oedipus There are several cases in which we, being the humans that we are, do unintelligent things. This central theme has been used throughout the ages in literature, poetry and theatre. In Socrates' Oedipus, he shows that even people in high positions, like King's, are unable to realize the information in front of them. In most Greek tragedies, characters have what is called a hubris which is pride or humans believing that they are more powerful than the Gods or people ordained by gods to be messengers....   [tags: Papers] 912 words
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Irony, Arrogance, And Oedipus - "Listen to me. You mock my blindness, do you?/ But I say that you, with both your eyes, are blind" (I, 195-196). With these memorable words, the sightless prophet Teiresias all but paints the entire tragic story of Sophocles' Oedipus the King, one of the most prominent pieces of Greek literary heritage. Greeks knew and loved the story of Oedipus from childhood, just as children today cherish the story of Cinderella. In his version of the beloved tale, Sophocles concentrates his attention on the events directly leading to Oedipus' destruction, portraying Oedipus as a helpless pawn of fate....   [tags: essays research papers] 1689 words
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Oedipus Rex Essay - Oedipus has a "tragic flaw" that leads to his demise, and efforts to attribute one to him to him seem forced . In his quest to uncover the truth and rid Thebes of the plague, he exhibits all the heroic qualities that made him the savior of Thebes during the Sphinx's reign of terror. Oedipus as a victim of a fate he could not control. He had enormous control over the events of his "destiny" through the numerous decisions he makes. He chooses to believe the oracle and leave Corinth....   [tags: essays research papers] 653 words
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Comparing the Hero in Sophocles' Oedipus the King, Homer's Odyssey, and Tan's Joy Luck Club - Heros in Sophocles' Oedipus the King, Homer's Odyssey, and Tan's Joy Luck Club         In world literature, there are two types of archetypal protagonists, the mythic hero and the tragic hero. Mythic heroes, like Homer's Odysseus, represent the combination of superhuman virtues and human imperfections. These traits create a supernatural adventure with a realistic character. The mythic hero is favored by divine powers and eventually achieves a certain goal or completes a certain journey....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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The Greek hero vs. The Anglo-Saxon hero - The Greek hero vs. The Anglo-Saxon hero The hero stands as an archetype of who we should be and who we wish to be. However, the hero has inherent flaws which we do not wish to strive towards. In literature, these flaws are not used as examples of what we should be but rather as examples of what not to be. This is especially dominant in the Greek hero. While the Greek hero follows his fate, making serious mistakes and having a fairly simple life, the Anglo-Saxon "super" hero tries, and may succeed, to change his fate, while dealing with a fairly complex life....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays] 722 words
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The Incarnation of the Theory of Tragedy in Oedipus Rex - Oedipus' character is labyrinthine in the sense that it raises controversies; many readers and critics might look at Oedipus as a hero who is doomed to his tragic end by misfortune and fate rather than by his tragic flaws. At first blush, this looks like a drawback that is enough to render the play inappropriate for an original model of the theory of tragedy. However, as a matter of fact Sophocles' plays contribute much to the formation of the ground on which the theory of tragedy is based. Actually Aristotle lays the foundations for the critical study of drama in his Poetics by drawing on Sophocles' plays most of the time, especially on Oedipus Rex....   [tags: World Literature] 705 words
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Compare and Contrast: The Downfalls of Oedipus and Othello - Compare and Contrast: The Downfalls of Oedipus and Othello Oedipus and Othello were both honorable and heroic men that became the victims of two tragic downfalls that can be compared and contrasted with each other. Sophocles, the writer of Oedipus the King, and Williams Shakespeare, the writer of Othello, were both enormously influential playwrights of their respective generations and their legacy continues today. The two playwrights made their masterpieces during different eras; Sophocles life coincided with the Golden Age of Greek tragedy and Shakespeare worked during the Elizabethian period....   [tags: Shakespeare Compare Contrast] 1261 words
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Comparing A Doll's House and Oedipus Rex - Comparing A Doll's House and Oedipus Rex Ibsen's drama "A Doll's House", serves as an example of the kind of issue-based drama that distinguishes Ibsen from many of his contemporaries. The play's dialogue is not poetic, but very naturalistic, and the characters are recognizable people. Given the sense of modernity which the play possesses it seems unusual to compare it to a Greek tragedy produced more than two-thousand years previously. On closer examination however, there are certain similarities between the way in which "A Doll's House" is plotted and a tragedy such as Oedipus Rex....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Creon the Unwise King - Unlike the king that dies with his image and fame, a self sacrificing individual dies with the start of their legacy. After the death of King Oedipus, Eteocles and Polynices fought each other for the crown. Unfortunately, they both were killed by each other leaving Creon the king of Thebes. Creon’s law states that no one shall bury a traitor. Because Antigone, sister of Polyneices, broke Creon's law of a traitor, she was punished. In the play, "Antigone" by Sophobles, Creon's decisions are the reason for his destruction....   [tags: Creon, Oedipus Rex, ] 612 words
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Antigone - ... Oedipus is puzzled and wants to know the real reason, not just resolve the argument. According to a prophecy, whoever Oedipus supports will be victorious in the war. Oedipus realizes this and points out that the gods are displeased and that it is unacceptable for a son to do this. Polyneices retorts that Oedipus will be responsible for the upcoming war. Once more, Antigone intercedes indicating that Polyneices is acting on arrogance and that there will be bloodshed among relatives. Polyneices exits Colonus declaring that fate is responsible for whatever transpires....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Sophocles] 2422 words
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Effective dramatic irony - Effective Dramatic Irony In Oedipus The King, Sophocles creates rising action by asking dramatic questions throughout the play. These questions generate suspense in the audience when they become dramatic irony and amplify the climax. During the falling action, Oedipus is engulfed in misery when he experiences a reversal of fortune. Finally, Oedipus goes through a discovery process ending when he discovers his tragic resolution. According to Aristotle, a tragedy consist of a drama that contains incidents that arouse pity, and a tragic hero that ordinarily is a man of noble stature not because of his own virtue but rather his own intelligence and reasoning....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Theories on Tragedy in Antigone - Theories on Tragedy in Antigone Many dramatic theorists have documented their opinions of Sophocles' tragic play Antigone. They have presented their interpretations as to the motives and moral character of Antigone and Creon. I will attempt to encapsulate the basic logic behind the arguments of the critics Brian Vickers, A.C. Bradley (who interprets Hegel), and H. D. F. Kitto, and venture my own humble opinion as to their validity. Brian Vickers clearly favors the character of Antigone. He challenges Hegel and Hegel's view that both Creon and Antigone were essentially right in their beliefs....   [tags: Papers] 1908 words
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