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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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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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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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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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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 - 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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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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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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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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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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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, 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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Understanding Fate in Oedipus Tyrannos - The Greeks were one of the most powerful empires of early civilizations with the well documented conquest, legends, gods, etc. One of their most significant things left of their empire, is their theatrical style, none bigger than Tragedy. The Greek Tragedy was their basis of Drama and is still studied today. Their view of the world and life could be personified in the plays and by the personages. It is the case in the play Oedipus Tyrannos. The play, written by Sophocles, represents the typical Greek view of the world with all the values that the Greeks wanted to show....   [tags: Greek, Early Civilization]
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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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Creon As The Tragic Hero In Antigone - Sophocles’ Antigone is, without a doubt, one of the greatest tragedies ever written. There are many questions that somebody could ask about this work, but this one intrigues me the most: Who is the tragic hero. Could it be Antigone. Or could it be Creon. Antigone might be the name of the tragedy, but I believe that Creon is the winning candidate. His role in the plot of this tragedy, his sensible tragic fault, and his dynamic character are the obvious reasons why I chose him as the tragic hero....   [tags: essays research papers] 612 words
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The Workings of Destiny, Fate, Free Will and Free Choice in Oedipus the King - Fate in Oedipus Rex   Sophocles' tragic tale of Oedipus presents the reader with a very bleak view of mankind and the world in general. According to the story, every person is predestined to enact a role scripted by fate, a "mysterious power" that rules even the greatest of Greek gods (Hamilton, 27). In this tale, the source of this fate is not as clear as its function.      The first of many allusions to fate in Oedipus the King comes from the chorus, which calls upon the gods Athena, Artemis, and Phoebus (Apollo), "three averters of Fate," (Sophocles 163) to save Thebes.  The phrase implied that the gods could help man avoid the dictates of fate, but that they cannot alter fate.  S...   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Rex, by Sophocles - Questions and Answers - 1. "What makes Oedipus a tragic hero. What makes his predicament fascinating rather than merely horrifying. From the very beginning of Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, the reader is able to identify Oedipus, the play’s protagonist, as a renowned hero. The prologue consists of a passage which boasts of his wise and powerful rule in the past and how the people greatly depend on him for future safety and good fortune (DiYanni 960-961). As the story progresses, however, it becomes apparent that Oedipus is more specifically a tragic hero....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Character]
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Creon as Tragic Hero of Sophocles' Antigone - Creon as Tragic Hero of Sophocles' Antigone There has always been a bit of confusion as to the tragic hero of the Greek Drama Antigone. Many assume that simply because the play is named for Antigone, that she is the tragic hero. However, evidence supports that Creon, and not Antigone, is the tragic hero of the play. Examining the factors that create a Greek Tragedy, and a tragic character, it is clear that the tragic hero is in fact Creon. First, take into account the timeframe in which Antigone was written....   [tags: Antigone essays] 600 words
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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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Creon As Tragic Hero of Sophocles’ Antigone - Creon As Tragic Hero of Sophocles’ Antigone Since the play’s inception, there has always existed a contention concerning the true hero of Sophocles’ Antigone. It is a widely held belief that Antigone must be the main character simply because she and the drama share name. This is, of course, a very logical assumption. Certainly Sophocles must have at least meant her to be viewed as the protagonist, else he would not have given her the play’s title. Analytically speaking, however, Creon does seem to more categorically fit the appellation of “Tragic Hero.” There is no doubt as to the nature of the work, that being tragedy....   [tags: essays papers] 820 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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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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