The play, Oedipus the King, is a Greek tragedy by Sophocles, which takes place in the kingdom of Thebes.In the play “Oedipus the King”, Sophocles uses sarcasm in the form of Oedipus’ speech to the residents of Thebes, in his miserable and seemingly unavoidable fate, because the king accidently killed his own father and had incestuous relationship with his mother. All throughout the play, Oedipus the King, Sophocles shapes the entire story using dramatic irony. Fate and Fortune acted throughout with King Oedipus’s life again and again but could not avoid it from arising. However, when it comes to dramas, tragedy and mockery often go hand in hand; the same can be said of Oedipus the King, as Oedipus’ uncontrolled temper slowly digs a deeper hole for him, even while the irony continues to set around him and makes more tragic in the end. There were efforts to overcome what was written in his destiny as Jacosta and King Laius were planning to kill their child as he was born, but King Oedipus fled from his place Corinth to stop the bad deed from occurring.
It is up to us whether to choose this way or the other . Ofcourse , God knows our choices in advance yet , God did not make our choices we made them ourselves . I believe in God's justice and fairness . Our choice determines our fate ; whether we should go to heaven and enjoy it's delights or hell and experience the torture we deserve .
There are philosophers who think that evil and good are two forces with equal power. I think for the most part that people are kind, because they were created in the likeliness with God. In our hearts we approve virtue and reject corruption. However the discussion of this topic will almost never be able to eliminate pain and sorrow from our world, injected with the tears of history. Everyone knows the consequences of evil.
In the end, he decided to give his life for the truth, which was the most unselfish act he was able to do. He did it even though he was tempted to save his own life and be with Elizabeth. John Proctor was just one example of how the characters in the play underwent changes in regards to selfishness and he exhibited the most change. He showed it is important to think of others before you think of yourself and that past sins, motivated by your own wants, can come back to haunt you, and in his case cause a great number of problems.
He realizes that he is the son to Laios and Jocasta and he realizes that he was the one that killed his own father and married his mother. Moreover, based off his reactions for all of the oracles, it’s evident that Oedipus is a naturally, curious person. Ultimately, this has it’s positives and negatives, however, in this situation his curiosity deemed negative as he knew “too much.” This final oracle also reveals that Oedipus is a loyal man as he not onlu gives himself the very same consequence that he aspired to give the “murderer” in the previous scene but he also solved the riddle that ultimately saved his town of the plague. Nevertheless he was able to identify who he really was.
These themes mentioned relate on how the characters specifically acted and their decision choices. In the Greek and Oedipus PowerPoint slideshow it was mentioned that this play was an “Athenian tragedy by Sophocles that was first performed c. 429 BCE” Oedipus Rex is about a man named Oedipus who is in fate to kill his father and marry his mother and have children with her. He was shocked by this so he leaves the home and kingdom of his parents but he does not know his true identity that he is an adopted child. Oedipus travels to the city in search of his parents which can be a theme of determination. Oedipus murders his father King Laius and marries his mother Queens Jocasta which is portrayed as revenge.
I believe that his pride was his biggest character flaw and because of this, the conclusion of the play was tragic. He feels that he has to take responsibility for his actions even though he had no control over them and fate was to blame. Yet many aspects could have been avoiding with extensive research about his background from his adoptive parents, but because he avoided this, his circumstance determined his fate. His fate was sealed by his actions of pride and determination. His pride of conquering the Sphinx led him to the marriage of Jocasta, his mother.
Despite Troy?s continuous attempts to push himself away from anything he had ever known about his father, the inheritance of such irrational behavior was inevitable because it was all he had ever known. The inheritance of this angry behavior was, in turn, the cause of his damaging relationships with his own family. Just as Troy endured his father?s cruel ways, Troy?s family is left with no choice but to try to learn to live with his similar ways. Troy?s family is one that strives to maintai... ... middle of paper ... ...y as a responsible person. He overlooks Cory?s efforts to please him and make a career for his son, learned from his past with his own father, is responsible for the tension that builds between him and Cory.
Oedipus the King is Indeed a Tragic Hero The downfall of a hero follows from his very nature. In Sophocles play, Oedipus the King, the playwright focuses on a man named Oedipus, the king of Thebes, who is trying to discover the truth about his past. When he was born, his parents learned from an oracle that their child would someday be the cause of their death. Believing the oracle, they abandoned their infant son with the intention of killing him. However, without their knowledge he is rescued and raised by another couple.
The play takes place at one main site, the palace in Thebes, and has action that has no subplot. Throughout the play, Oedipus is trying to find out his true identity. Subsequently his search for a cure to end the plague that has struck the city is related to Oedipus' goal. Aristotle mentions Oedipus Rex in his Poetics to demonstrate how recognition of a character is best with a reversal of a situation. The main character, Oedipus, learns that he has done the unthinkable by killing his father and marrying his mother.