Oedipus The play Oedipus The King begins with the king and queen of Thebes, Laius and Jocasta. Laius was warned by an oracle that his own son would kill him and that he would marry his mother, Jocasta. Determined to reverse their fate, Laius pierced and bound his newborn sons feet and sent a servant away with him with strict instructions to leave the child to die on the mountain of Cithaeron. However, the servant felt badly for the infant and gave him to a shepherd who then gave the child to Polybus, king of Corinth, a neighboring realm. Polybus then named the child Oedipus (swollen foot) and raised him as his own son.
Oedipus is the main character in the play Oedipus the King. Oedipus is thought of as a tragic figure because he was doomed from birth. Tiresias, an old blind prophet, told Oedipus' parents about Oedipus' fate. He told them that Oedipus would kill his father and sleep with his mother. So, his parents decided to have him killed, only it did not happen that way.
This is evident in the characters traits and motivations, interactions with others, and the characters language and what others say about him. Destined to kill his father and marry his own mother Oedipus is cursed. When people find out about the curse, Laius, the king of Thebes, his birth father orders a shepherd kill the infant after his birth mother has him, but the shepherd instead gives the infant to the shepherd of another kingdom nearby called Corinthian. The shepherd of Corinthian gives the baby to his king and queen who can’t bear any children and they raise the child, Oedipus without telling him that he isn’t their true son. Then one day the Delphic oracle tells Oedipus about the curse and Oedipus tries to run away from the horrible fate but instead he runs straight to it.
During Hamlet the ... ... middle of paper ... ...the end of the play due to poison tipped blade and drinking of the poisoned chalice that killed his father and uncle, tragically ending the young rulers life. Like Hamlet Oedipus exacted his own punishment for the murder of his father and by gouging his eyes out to show his guilt for not seeing the truth before than, but unlike Hamlet Oedipus lived two die of old age. Comparing and contrasting Hamlet and Oedipus Rex you can find that they both fell into self-destruction because of their respecting flaws, effectively ending their rule. In these two tragedies the character’s could not overcome their dilemmas and flaws. Although both had beneficial characteristics they lacked important characteristics to make an effective ruler.
After nailing his ankles together and leaving him to die of the elements, the old shepherd relents and hands the child over to a traveling shepherd from Corinth to take back to the childless King and Queen to raise as their own son. For the next twenty years, Laios and Locaste rule in Thebes believing their son to be dead. Unfortunately, Hera sends a drought associated with a sphinx to bedevil Thebes. A desperate Laios travels back to the Delphic Oracle for a reading.Meanwhile, back in Corinth, Oedipus grows to manhood believing Polybos and Merope (the King and Queen of Corinth) are his real parents. Soon, he too learns of his horrible fate and seeking to avoid it, he flees hi supposed homeland.
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The story of Oedipus begins with King Laius of Thebes. During his reign, he marries Jocasta, his distant cousin, from there an oracle sent from Apollo, the God of Truth, tells Laius his son will kill him, and King Laius fears the possibility this could happen, so he takes his newborn son, binds his feet together, and sets him on a desolate mountaintop to die. Years later, Laius and a group of attendants are killed. There is one person that survives and travels back to Thebes to reveal what occurred, and everyone is told that Laius and his group of attendants were travelling across mountains when they were killed by a group of robbers. The murders are not fully investigated because at the time, Thebes has fallen under the mercy of a Sphinx.
Throughout the works of Samuel Beckett there is an intense focus on the body both in its role as a medium of “physicalized language” (Hunka, 2010) as well as a metaphysical and philosophical catalyst or metaphor. The body in Beckett is thereby not merely a vessel for a character but a prop of its own that can be used to explore or exaggerate the themes and ideas of his plays. There is a dichotomy between the body and mind throughout Beckett’s plays and an examination of the plays Happy Days (1961) and Act Without Words Part One (1956) shows the reliance that is placed on the body as a mode of communication that language cannot achieve itself. The body is so intrinsic to the works of Beckett that even in the radio play All That Fall (1957) he creates a radiophonic body to add solidity to the soundscape for the listener in an environment based in their imagination. In the play Happy Days Beckett uses the mobility, or lack thereof, of the characters bodies as declining force as they age and are abandoned by the outside world.
Oedipus did not have a fair start in life. His father, Laius, heard prophecy that Oedipus would one day kill his father and sleep with his mother. In order to prevent this, Laius gave Oedipus to a shepherd to be killed. Fortunately, through a string of events, Oedipus's life was saved, and he even went on to become the honored king of Thebes. Despite this feat, Oedipus still managed to make several decisions that ultimately fulfilled the original prophecy told to Laius, and inevitably sealed Oedipus?s fate.