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The Strong Character and Unavoidable Destiny of Oedipus Rex - The Strong Character and Unavoidable Destiny of Oedipus Rex   Oedipus the King, by Sophocles is about Oedipus, a man doomed by his fate. Like most tragedies, Oedipus the King contains a tragic hero, a heroic figure unable to escape his own doom. This tragic hero usually has a hamartia, a tragic flaw, which causes his downfall. The tragic flaw that Sophocles gives Oedipus is hubris (exaggerated pride or self-confidence), which is what caused Oedipus to walk right into the fate he sought to escape....   [tags: Oedipus King Oedipus Rex Sophocles Essays] 945 words
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Antigone, the Real Tragic Hero in Sophocles' Antigone - Antigone is a great Greek tragedy by Sophocles. The story is about a young woman who has buried her brother by breaking king’s decree, and now she is punished for obeying God’s law. There are many arguments about who is the tragic hero in Sophocles’ Antigone. Some believe that it is Creon because he also has the characteristics of a tragic hero. Others believe that it is Antigone because the play bears her name. Antigone is the perfect hero, to exemplify the meaning of a tragic hero. In order to determine whether Antigone is the tragic hero, one will have to answer the question, what is a tragic hero....   [tags: Antigone]
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The Tragic Hero in Sophocles' Antigone - The Tragic Hero in Sophocles' Antigone In various literary works, the conflict between the antagonist and protagonist holds great significance towards the literary works' main idea. In Sophocles' Greek tragedy, Antigone, both roles greatly impact the base, moral, idea, and conflict of the play. It is crucial to place a consideration of the time this Greek play was written because of the style of the context. During this period of time called the golden age, the style of writing for great playwrights such as Sophocles was of or related to tragedy....   [tags: Papers] 1112 words
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Creon' Exemplification of Aristotle's Tragic Hero in Antigone by Sophocles - Throughout literary history, tragic heroes have been defined as a great or virtuous character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined for downfall, suffering, or defeat. However, philosophers such as Aristotle tried to find connections between tragic heroes in Greek plays. This in-depth analysis of tragic heroes lead Aristotle to create six criteria for a true tragic hero: He or she has to be a Noble figure of royalty and noble in character, has to be imperfect by design, has a flaw or error that is a choice, is punished excessively for this choice flaw, has to undergo a downfall that leads to a realization, and the story of this tragic hero has to make the audience reach a moment of catharsi...   [tags: noble, flaw, downfall] 1509 words
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The Tragic Hero of Hamlet - The Tragic Hero of Hamlet   Shakespeare's play, Hamlet illustrates the tragedy of a young prince's pursuit to obtain revenge for a corrupt act, the murder of his father.   As the exposition unfolds, we find Prince Hamlet struggling with internal conflict over who and what was behind his father's death.  His struggle continues as he awaits the mystic appearance of a ghost who is reported to resemble his father.  Suddenly it appears, proclaiming, "Pity me not, but lend thy serious hearing / To what I shall unfold" (1.5.5-6).  The ghost continues to speak providing an important clue: "The serpent that did sting thy father's life / Now wears his crown" (1.5.38-39).  In short, this passage rev...   [tags: Essays on Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Defining the Tragic Hero - A tragic hero is the main character in a tragedy story. He is the main theme. He is the source behind the main issues of the plot and some major points maybe cleared by observing his actions and nature. The tragic hero is always larger than life, a person of action whose decisions determine the fate of others. He is a man who is superior then the average person, a character of noble stature and greatness. Though the tragic hero is pre-eminently great, he is not perfect. Otherwise, the audience would be unable to identify with him and his tragedy....   [tags: World Literature] 628 words
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Oedipus the King: 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: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles] 1682 words
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How Blind Devotion Leads to the Tragic End of Character Heros - ... His life is devoted to helping his family, mainly his son Chris. Furthermore, Oedipus the King’s arrogance leads him to hurt this family. Unknowingly, Oedipus does not know how lucky he is to see the truth. He knows that disease is corrupting the city, but he is angered when Teresis will not tell him information about the corrupter of the city. In the story when Teresis is trying telling him how special his vision is, Oedipus says “If you do not look so old, you’d find the punishment your arrogance deserves” (16)....   [tags: snape, oedipus, flaws] 640 words
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Creon as the Tragic Hero in Sophocles' Antigone - Creon as the Tragic Hero in Antigone     This essay will compare two of the characters in “Antigone”, Antigone and Creon, in an effort to determine the identity of the tragic hero in this tale.             To identify the tragic hero in Sophocles’ renowned play “Antigone”, we should first consider both the elements present in Greek tragedies and what characteristics define a tragic hero. Aristotle’s definition of tragedy is: “Tragedy is a story taking the hero from happiness to misery because of a fatal flaw or mistake on his part....   [tags: Antigone essays]
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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 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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The Tragic Hero: Creon or Antigone? - In the Greek tragedy Antigone, the characters Antigone and Creon can both be thought of as the tragic hero of the play. Though Antigone does show some of these characteristics of a tragic hero, Creon demonstrates the attributes more clearly and concisely. Creon is the King of Thebes, as well as the uncle of Antigone. Creon took the throne after a tragic quarrel between his two nephews, Eteocles and Polyneices. Despite his harsh governing and his crude ideals, he is not good or bad. Creon is the tragic hero of the play Antigone, because of his superiority in his society, his nobility, and his tragic flaw, self-pride....   [tags: Character Analysis, Greek, Classics] 1288 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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Othello is Not a Tragic Hero - Othello has been described as one of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays because the play focuses on its themes of good and evil, military, politics, love and marriage, religion, racial prejudice, gender conflict, and sexuality; but the controversy and debate surrounding Othello is “Why is Othello a qualification for a tragedy?” Most readers are aware of the many famous deaths or acts of death within the Shakespearean plays. And when the main characters die in Shakespeare’s plays, indeed, the readers would categorize the play as a tragedy....   [tags: Othello Essays]
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The True Tragic Hero of Antigone - What makes a hero. In our society, a hero is thought of as a tall man who wears a cape and has super powers, but to the Greeks, it was very different. In every Greek tragedy, there is the tragic hero, defined by Aristotle as a character who is an extraordinary person, with both good and bad qualities. Although the character reaches a level of insight, a tragic flaw, such as hamartia, leads to their failure in the end. A perfect example of this can be found in Sophocles’ trilogy, The Theban Plays which follows the struggling city of Thebes and the efforts of its rulers to escape their misfortune....   [tags: Greek Tragedy, Character Analysis]
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Downfall and Destruction of Oedipus the King - The Destruction of Oedipus the King The events in the play "Oedipus the King" show an underlying relationship of mans free will existing within the cosmic order or fate that the Greeks believed guided the universe. Man was given the freedom to choose ones own acitons, and was ultimately held responsible for them. Both ideas of fate and free will played an undividing role in his destruction. Clarence Miller considered the killing of his father to be fate. " This is what I consider that if fate is meant to be by a God, there is no way of avoiding fate," Miller said....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 669 words
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Comparing and Contrasting the Tragic Heroes in Sophocles’ Oedipus and Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman - Sophocles’ Oedipus , presents himself in the beginning of the first scene as a well recognized and respectful King. Oedipus greets the priest and the children with great honor, for he had saved the city from the Sphinx (39.1229), and their expectations were very high for another phenomenon. Arthur Miller’s Willie Loman, the beginning act indicate a man that has given all he had to his family and employer, “never made enough money” (1478) and is in despair of his present condition of not being able to work in an office and not having to travel (1452)....   [tags: Oedipus, Death of a Salesman]
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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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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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Tragic Hero - The tragic hero is one of the most commonly used characters in literature today. The tragic hero first made his appearance with Sophocles, a Greek philosopher, in fourth century BCE. Since then, he has been used in numerous literary styles: plays, epics, tragedies, and novels. Why do so many authors utilize the man who lives his life in strive today. Authors use the tragic hero’s “struggles with destiny” (S.H. Butcher) to help teach the audience certain morals they believe are necessary for living....   [tags: literature, Sophocles, morals, Shakespeare]
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The Downfall of Oedipus - The word hamartia means a fatal flaw leading to the downfall of a tragic hero. Yet the cause of his downfall was not due to one flaw but to many flaws. Oedipus had great traits and qualities of a great king such as intelligence, pride and determination. These traits are also the main cause of his downfall. The traits that helped him also hurt him. Early in the poem there are signs that Oedipus is going to fail. When he becomes the king and his city is hit by a plague, he tries his hardest to satisfy his people....   [tags: flaw, intelligence, pride, determination] 587 words
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Essay on Hotspur as Tragic Hero of Henry IV - Hotspur as Tragic Hero of Henry IV     In Shakespeare's Henry IV Part One, the characters' many different conceptions of honor govern how they respond to situations.  Each character's conception of honor has a great impact on the character's standing after the play.  For instance, Falstaff survived because he dishonorably faked his own death, and his untrue claim that he was the one who killed Hotspur may get him a title and land.  On the other hand, Hotspur lies dead after losing a duel for honor.  Hotspur, who is in many ways the ideal man by the standards of his time, is killed by his lust for honor.  In creating Hotspur, Shakespeare has created a variation on the tragic hero of other...   [tags: Henry IV Henry V Essays]
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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: the Exploration of a Tragic Hero - Tragic and hero may not be words that easily reveal a relationship, but throughout literature the two have been linked to create an enthralling read. The emergence of the tragic hero seemed to take shape in ancient Greece where such works as Oedipus and Antigone were popular among all classes of people. Aristotle defined a tragedy as "the imitation of an action that is serious and also, as having magnitude, complete in itself. It incorporates incidents arousing pity and fear, wherewith to accomplish the catharsis of such emotions." Though Greece may be credited with the creation of tragic heroes, the theme is seen in literary works across many different cultures, including England....   [tags: European Literature] 1021 words
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Willy Loman as Tragic Hero of Death of a Salesman - Willy Loman as Tragic Hero of Death of a Salesman     Willy Loman, the title character of the play, Death of Salesman, exhibits all the characteristics of a modern tragic hero. This essay will support this thesis by drawing on examples from Medea by Euripedes, Poetics by Aristotle, Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, and Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, while comments by Moss, Gordon, and Nourse reinforce the thesis.             Death of Salesman, by Arthur Miller, fits the characteristics of classic tragedy....   [tags: Death Salesman essays Arthur Miller]
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Aristotle’s Poetics - Courageous and admirable with noble qualities defines a heroine. In Aristotle’s Poetics he describes a tragic hero as a character who is larger than life and through fate and a flaw they destroy themselves. Additionally, Aristotle states excessive pride is the hubris of a tragic hero. The hero is very self-involved; they are blind to their surroundings and commit a tragic action. A tragedy describes a story that evokes sadness and awe, something larger than life. Furthermore, a tragedy of a play results in the destruction of a hero, evoking catharsis and feelings of pity and fear among the audience....   [tags: tragic hero, heroines, the medea]
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Blindness and Sight - Irony and Lack of Vision in Oedipus the King - The Irony of Blindness in Oedipus The King   Is there a single definition of what it is "to see". I can see the table, I can see your point, I see the real you, I don't see what you're saying. Sometimes the blind can "see" more than the sighted. During a scary movie or a horrific event, people may cover their eyes, choosing not to see the truth. As human beings, we often become entrenched in the material world, becoming oblivious to and unable to see the most apparent truths. Oedipus, the main character in Sophocles' play Oedipus Rex, could not see the truth, but the blind man, Teiresias, "saw" it plainly....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 911 words
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Blindness and Sight - Lack of Vision in Oedipus The King - Blindness in Oedipus The King (Rex) What is sight. Is it just the ability to recognize one’s surroundings or is there more. Is it knowledge. Is it understanding. Can a blind man see. Can the sighted be blind. And beyond, when the truth is too terrible, do we choose not to see. The phrase "too see" has so very many connotations. One meaning is to know or to understand and the other is based on the physical aspects of things. As humans, we are distracted by the physical world, which causes us to be blinded by the most obvious of truths....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 922 words
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Oedipus the King - 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: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles] 653 words
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Oedipus the King - 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: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles] 547 words
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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: Reason and Passion - Oedipus the King:  Reason and Passion In the play, Oedipus the King, there are dual parts of reason and passion.  Oedipus primarily acts with both reason and passion at different stages in the play.       There are several points in the play where Oedipus acts with       reason. The first such point occurs when he is asked by his      followers to help save Thebes. He acts with reason when he      immediately decides to heed to their demands and find help for      them. However, he may also have been deciding to do this through      passion....   [tags: Oedipus Rex Essays] 1020 words
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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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Self-Damnation in Oedipus the King - Self-Damnation in Oedipus Rex (the King)      Sophocles' play Oedipus Rex (the King) is a tragic tale of fate and hubris. At first glance, it seems that the terrible fates of the main characters are merely the doings of mischievous or cruel gods. That Laios should die at the hands of his unknowing son, that Jocaste should later marry that son to commit the crime of incest, and that Oedipus, the son, should be the actor in both crimes all seem to be deeds scripted unfairly by the gods for their own pleasure....   [tags: Oedipus Rex Essays]
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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: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles] 912 words
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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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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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The Arrogance of King Oedipus - The play “Oedipus Rex” was written by an ancient Greek playwright named Sophocles. Sophocles is known for his compelling tragedies and well-rounded characters. The protagonist of Sophocles’ play “Oedipus Rex” is an honorable man however, chooses to lead a life of arrogance and pride known as hubris. This hubris is what ultimately causes Oedipus to unknowingly cause his own tragic demise. Oedipus fulfills the prerequisites set by Aristotle for a tragic hero. The events that conspire prior to the setting of the play create a perfect incubator for a tragic hero to develop....   [tags: Theatre]
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The Tragic Heroine of Love and Obsession - ... The change of fortune should be not from bad to good, but, reversely, from good to bad.” (17). The plot in Madea arouses catharsis to the audience, making the story interesting and complex. Aristotle states a tragic hero is an important individual who makes an error and must deal with the consequence. Aristotle states the tragic hero is a noble character from a wealthy prosperous family. Madea was a princess with knowledge on sorcery, medicines and enchantments until those powers were taken away....   [tags: The Madea, princess of Colchis, Lolcus]
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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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Destiny, Fate, and Free Will in Oedipus the King - The Tragic Fate of Oedipus the King In the play Oedipus the King, Oedipus the main character meets with a tragic fate. In the beginning he is a mighty king, ruler of the city of Thebes. Then the people of Thebes come to him with a problem. The city is tragically on the surge of death. Oedipus, being the mighty king he is, is determined to solve the problem. Oedipus saved the city once before and became a hero. Now faced with this problem he would like to be a hero again, but things don't always take a turn out good....   [tags: Free Choice in Oedipus Rex] 974 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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Destiny, Fate, Free Will and Free Choice in Oedipus the King - Victim of Fate - The Victim of Fate in Oedipus Rex The question has been raised as to whether Oedipus was a victim of fate or of his own actions.  This essay will show that Oedipus was a victim of fate, but he was no puppet because he freely and actively sought his doom, although he was warned many times of the inevitable repercussions of his actions. When first considering this topic, I speculated that maybe it was the destiny of Oedipus to suffer, but a friend asked me to explain why Oedipus, in the act of gouging his eyes out, cries explicitly:         No more, no more shall you look on the misery about me,         The horrors of my own doing!  Too long you have known         The faces of those w...   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]
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Oedipus the King by Sophocles - ... Now Oedipus attention is take by the comment regarding his parents. Teiresias continues to speak in riddles continuing to upset Oedipus until he tells the page to lead him away. Teiresias does not leave until he speaks, Teiresias. The man you have been looking for all this time, The damned man, the murder of Laios, That man is in Thebes. To your mind he is foreign-born, But it will soon be shown that he is in Theban, A revelation that will fail to please. A blind man, Who has his eyes now; a penniless man, who is rich now; And he will go tapping the strange earth with his staff; To the children with whom he lives now he will be Brother and father – the very same; to her Who bore him, son...   [tags: play analysis]
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The Three Themes of Oedipus Rex - ... This further corroborates that there is no possible way to avoid the inevitable prophecy. In Oedipus Rex, the law of possibility is present. Events that are to happen, may be due to accident or coincidence; fear triggers motivation and treacherous actions follow. Attempting to stop the prophecy Jocasta and Laius try to kill Oedipus. This motivative action leads to the execution of the prophecy. Tragedy is rooted in the fundamental order of the universe; it creates a cause-and-effect chain that clearly reveals what may happen at any time or place (O’Brien 116)....   [tags: Athenian tragedy by Sophocles] 1100 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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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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Antigone is a Tragic Hero - Antigone is a Tragic Hero A subject of debate in Sophocles’ play Antigone is which character complies with the characteristics of a tragic hero. The qualities that constitute a tragic hero are, in no particular order, having a high social position, not being overly good or bad, isolation, being tenacious in their actions, arousing pity in the audience, a revelatory manifestation, and having a single flaw that brings about their own demise and the demise of others around them. Creon possesses some of these qualities but, does not completely fulfill them all....   [tags: essays papers] 829 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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Oedipus Rex by Sophocles - ... Murder sets the plague storm on the city” (113-14). The people found their answer, find the murderer and get rid of him. By doing this, all will be well. Oedipus discovers all the suffering he causes his people just by being in Thebes saying, “cursed in the lives I cut down with hands” (1311). Truth has always been regarded as something a person should always know and be told. But how much of the truth is safe to say to avoid the pain and agony it is destined to cause. The few beholders of Oedipus’ past try to withhold it, but the drive for it is too strong and eventually it spills out, causing anguish to everyone who hears....   [tags: ancient Greek tragedies] 671 words
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Thoughts on Oedipus Rex - My very first impression of Sophocles's play Oedipus the King was one of disinterest. I hadn't spent too much time reading plays before and I wasn't sure what the play itself would be about. I had only heard the name Sophocles a few times in passing and anything other than Shakespeare was unfamiliar to me. To my surprise, I had heard of the main character Oedipus before and the play turned out to be a very interesting thought provoking story. The questions asked for this week's discussion proved to be very thought consuming....   [tags: Sophocles, ancient Greek tragedy]
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Kind Oedipus by Sophocles - ... In the case of a classical tragedy - which should ideally abide by the guidelines stated by Aristotle - the protagonist also happens to be the tragic hero. This tragic hero is simply a man who suffers a terrible fate at the hands of the vengeful Greek gods, who seek to punish him for his hamartias - weaknesses. In the case of Oedipus, his hamartias consisted of a weakness at a personal level and a weakness on a whole other level, out of his control and the reach of his power. Aristotle stated that the character of Oedipus was ideal for suffering such a series of ‘reversals of fortunes’ (peripeteaias), ending in the anagnorisis, (“Alas....   [tags: ancient, greek, tragedy] 1789 words
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William Shakespeare's Hamlet and Sophocles' Oedipus the King - William Shakespeare's Hamlet and Sophocles' Oedipus the King      Though Shakespeares’ Hamlet and Sophocles’ Oedipus the King were written in two different eras, echoes of the latter can be found in the former. The common theme of Hamlet and Oedipus the King is regicide. Also, like in Oedipus the King, there is a direct relationship between the state of the state and the state of their kings. Furthermore, there is also a relationship between Oedipus’ armed entrance into the bedroom in which Jocasta hanged herself, and Hamlet’s confrontation of Gertrude in her bedroom....   [tags: Hamlet Oedipus King Essays] 1377 words
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The Use of Dramatic Irony in Sophocle's Oedipus the King - The Use of Dramatic Irony in Sophocle's Oedipus the King Tragedy as an element of the human experience has been the subject of many of the great works of literature written in the Western tradition. For some, tragedy embodies the highest form of humanity. It is through suffering that we are able to reveal ourselves most completely. Others see tragedy as an element of morality where we are to learn well the lessons of those who tempt the gods. The Ancient Greek philosopher, Aristotle, outlined a theory of tragedy as archetypal drama in his classic work, the Poetics....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles]
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Oedipus Rex by Sophocles - ... Fate and free will became elusive concepts in the Golden Age which conservative society would have understood lucidly, which was everything was predestined by the gods. However this sophistic movement presented ideas which challenged this pious belief. Sophocles has ingeniously countered this sophistic idea of fate in this play by narrowing the possibilities which may elude or support this. By the beginning the play In Medias Res the prophecy of the gods has already been fulfilled; there is no chance for Oedipus to escape his infamous fate....   [tags: ancient athens, philosophy] 1018 words
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Antigone: A Tragic Hero - Antigone: A Tragic Hero Heroes come in many forms. Some such as immense in size and strength as Hercules, some in the form of people that are shunned upon, such as Harriet Tubman, and some that are only valorous heroes to some, such as Kurt Cobain. These heroes have many characteristics that make people flock to their side and follow them without a thought of hesitation. In Sophocles' Antigone the hero is a women that believes in her heart far stronger than that of her leader's rule. This brings up many characteristics that are shown within her that are also seen in other heroes....   [tags: Sophocles Antigone ] 944 words
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A Comparative of Shakespeare's Othello and Oedipus Rex - ... Othello’s power is stripped from him, signifying his downfall and destroying his reputation. The motif of reputation in the play shows the importance of reputation in that time period and Othello’s loss of reputation along with his wife Desdemona leaves him no reason to continue out his life and gives him reason to commit suicide, making his downfall a tragedy. Oedipus’s downfall from his royalty and fame was also important. After Oedipus realizes his true identity, that his fate has been carried out, and that his mother and wife are now dead, he rushes into the palace and the choir sings, “And now of all men ever known/ Most pitiful is this man’s story/ His fortunes are most changed; hi...   [tags: literary analysis] 1521 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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Is Oedipus Rex a Story of Tragedy or Fate? - ... Even though pride had led him to his decision in killing a man, it was by fate that Oedipus should meet his father on that crossroad. A new topic arises as to if Oedipus is really responsible for what he has done because the tragedy is actually one of fate. The question of is intent needed for culpability has been explored since 300 BCE by philosophers. The story of Oedipus embodies this question at the heart of its plot and Trilling argues in his Preface to the Experience of Literature that Oedipus is not responsible for fulfilling the prophecies....   [tags: pride, prophesy, sins]
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Creon is the Tragic Hero in Sophocles' Antigone - Creon is the Tragic Hero of Antigone When the title of a play is a character's name, it is normally assumed that the character is the protagonist of the play. In Sophocles' Antigone, most people probably believe Antigone to be the tragic heroine, even after they have finished watching the play. It may be argued, however, that Creon, not Antigone, is the tragic character. When we examine the nature and concept of the Greek Tragedy and what it means to be a tragic character, it becomes clear that Creon is indeed the tragic hero of the play Antigone....   [tags: Antigone essays] 625 words
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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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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. He strives for excellence and individual glory by doing heroic deeds....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays] 688 words
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