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Blindness As A Central Theme Of Sophocles ' Oedipus The King

- Jennifer Marr Dr. Christopher Grignard English 2200 12 February 2015 Blindness as a Central Theme in Sophocles Oedipus The King In the play Oedipus The King by Sophocles, blindness is a central theme and is constantly recurring. There are many examples of this shown throughout the play; however, the most prominent is seen through the characters of Oedipus and Tiresias. Oedipus is unable to see the truth in things even though he is not blind. Tiresias, the prophet is physically blind, yet is able to see more truth in actions and prophesies than Oedipus....   [tags: Oedipus the King, Oedipus, Sophocles, Blindness]

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Oedipus The King : Blindness

- In Oedipus the King, Sophocles uses Oedipus and various other characters to convey the theme of blindness. King Oedipus ruled over Thebes, after solving the Sphinx’s riddle. After Oedipus is victorious over the sphinx, Oedipus becomes swollen with hubris leading into his figurative and literal blindness throughout the book. The author, Sophocles uses a blind seer to convey the sense that a physically blind man can know more about the issues concerning Thebes over their respected rulers Oedipus, and Jocasta who were not physically blind like the blind seer....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Tiresias, Jocasta]

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Theme of Blindness in Sophocles' Oedipus the King

- Theme of Blindness in Sophocles' Oedipus the King Sophocles?s play, ?Oedipus the King. is one of the most well known of the Greek tragedies. The play?s interesting plot, along with the incredible way it is written are only two of the many reasons why two thousand years later, it is still being read and viewed. For those who are not familiar with the story of ?Oedipus the King?, it is written about the results of a curse put on King Oedipus which claims that he will murder his father and marry his mother....   [tags: Oedipus King Plays Sophocles]

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Use of Blindness in Oedipus the King

- Sophocles has been known for using his plays not merely to entertain his audience, but to deliver a message too. Out of all of the important lessons in his plays, Wisdom stands out as the most impact full. After all, "No law or ordinance is mightier than understanding"(Plato 1/2). In the play Oedipus the King, Sophocles uses the blindness of Teriesias, Jocasta, and Oedipus to point out how understanding is far greater than vision alone. In the play Oedipus the King, Sophocles use the blindness of Teiresias to point out the great power behind wisdom and understand....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles]

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Blindness and Sight in Oedipus the King - Lack of Vision

- Blindness in Oedipus the King People can be “blinded” to the truth. The answer to their question or solution to their problem may have been obvious. Yet, they could not "see" the answer. They were blinded to the truth. Associations have been made between being blind and enlightened. A blind person is said to have powers to see invisible things. They "see" into the future. The blind may not have physical sight, but they have another kind of vision. In Sophocles' King Oedipus, Teiresias, the blind prophet, presents the truth to King Oedipus and Jocasta....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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Sight vs. Blindness in Oedipus the King

- Ancient Greeks cared deeply about the pursuit of knowledge. Although the truth was often a terrifying concept, they still saw it as a critical virtue. One of the main underlying themes in Oedipus the King is the struggle of sight vs. blindness. Oedipus’ blindness is not just physical blindness, but intellectual blindness as well. Sophocles has broken blindness into two distinct components. The first component, Oedipus's ability to "see" (ignorance or lack thereof), is a physical characteristic....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles]

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Blindness and Sight in Oedipus the King

- In the play Oedipus the King by Sophocles, Oedipus's sight of mind continues to diminish throughout the play. While he first appears on stage as the all-knowing, honorable king, this image begins to unravel as information about his past and the murder of Laius is revealed. Oedipus loses sight of his purpose, instead choosing to shun the aid of Teiresias the blind prophet and of the gods when he is presented with startling and confusing possibilities. It is not until the entire truth is revealed to him and he gouges out his own eyes with the gold pins of his wife and mother that Oedipus if able to regain full insight and appreciation of the bitter, cursed world....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles]

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William Shakespeare 's Oedipus The King

- There is an old saying “There are none so blind as those who will not see.” What this is saying is that people are blind in what they see (ignorant) and what they are willing to see. Even some with the best vision can be blind. It is all about what we want to see, which can be very misleading and can cause issues like it did for Oedipus. We all can be blinded by the truth if we are ignorant and foolish. In Oedipus the King, we see two common themes, Sight vs. Blindness which is demonstrated both intellectually and physically....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Blindness, Tiresias]

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Blindness in Oedipus the King

- “The blind man sees and the seeing man is blind.” To what extent is this true in Oedipus the King. “To be wise is to suffer.” Throughout this play we see that after Oedipus suffers and loses his eyesight it is only then he is able to seek the truth. When we are first introduced to Oedipus, he is a strong leader who is thoroughly respected by the people of Thebes. “O greatest of men.” Oedipus was the saviour of Thebes 15 years before he solved the riddle of the Sphinx which freed the city from the plague and death....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles]

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Blindness In Oedipus The King

- Blindness plays a two-fold part in Sophocles’ tragedy “Oedipus the King.'; First, Sophocles presents blindness as a physical disability affecting the auger Teiresias, and later Oedipus; but later, blindness comes to mean an inability to see the evil in one’s actions and the consequences that ensue. The irony in this lies in the fact that Oedipus, while gifted with sight, is blind to himself, in contrast to Teiresias, blind physically, but able to see the evil to which Oedipus has fallen prey to....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Shame, Equality, and Blindness: Oedipus the King by Sophocles

- Throughout Sophocles’ Oedipus the King, shame, equality, and blindness are all themes presented. Tiresias, a blind prophet attempts to convince King Oedipus that he has lived a shameful life by bringing light to the truth that Oedipus had no idea who his real parents are, and that he himself is the one who killed Laius. Tiresias, though blind, can clearly see the truth and shame that Oedipus lives in, while Oedipus, though he can see, is blind to the shameful truth he has brought upon himself and his family....   [tags: tiresias, unknown, Truth]

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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]

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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]

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The Portrayal of Blindness in The Outsider and Oedipus the King

- The Portrayal of Blindness in The Outsider and Oedipus the King A primitive motif in Oedipus the King by Sophocles and The Outsider by Albert Camus is blindness. The protagonists in the novels are blinded to a personal truth, and are physically blinded as well. In The Outsider, Meursault’s blindness is metaphorical, as he is negligent to his own absurdity, which he later becomes categorized as. On the other hand, Oedipus’s blindness is literal, as he is ignorant to the truth of his life; and the fact that he is incapable of escaping the destiny that the Gods have set out for him, which resulted in him gorging his eyes out....   [tags: Sophocles, Albert Camus]

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Blindness and Sight - Sight Versus Insight in Oedipus the King (Oedipus Rex)

- Sight Versus Insight in Oedipus the King       "Anyone who has common sense will remember that the bewilderments of the eye are of two kinds, and arise from two causes, either from coming out of the light or from going into the light,which is true of the mind's eye, quite as much as the bodily eye; and he who remembers this when he sees anyone whose vision is perplexed and weak, will not be too ready to laugh; he will ask whether that soul of man has come out of the brighter life, and is unable to see because unaccustomed to the dark, or having turned from darkness to the day is dazzled by excess light....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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Blindness, Sight and Eyes in Sophocles' Oedipus The King

- The Deeper Meaning of Sight and Eyes in Sophocles' Oedipus The King In Sophocles' play, "Oedipus The King," the continuous references to eyes and sight possess a much deeper meaning than the literal message. These allusions are united with several basic underlying themes. The story contains common Ancient Greek philosophies, including those of Plato and Parmenides, which are often discussed and explained during such references. A third notion is the punishment of those who violate the law of the Gods....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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Visual Imagery Within The Play ' Oedipus Rex '

- Throughout time, literature has played a large part in today 's civilization. Correspondingly, literature has become the fuel for readers by enabling them access to their infinite imagination. In addition, it allows readers to explore new ideas, feelings and imagery within their imagination. In fact, imagery is one of the greatest gifts an author can present to its readers. Within any form of writing, imagery is everywhere. Whether it is descriptive or figurative, imagery surrounds the reader, drawing them into the writer 's vast world of imagination....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Tiresias, Blindness]

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Blindness and Sight - Lack of Vision in Oedipus the King

- Parental Blindness in King Lear As Shakespeare presents to us a tragic pattern of parental and filial love, in which a prosperous man is devested of power and finally recognises his "folly", empathy is induced in the audience. In "King Lear", it is noted from the beginning of the play that both Lear and Gloucester suffer from self-approbation and will consequently find revelation by enduring "the rack of this tough world". While Lear mistakenly entrusts the shallow professions of love from his "thankless" daughters - Goneril and Regan - instead of the selfless words of Cordelia, Gloucester shadows a similar ignorance by initially entrusting love in the evil Edmund, rather than Edgar, whom...   [tags: King Lear essays]

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Oedipus, The, And Blindness

- In Oedipus Rex, Sophocles uses blindness as an important motif to deliver a message by making Oedipus "blind" both literally and metaphorically. Throughout the story Oedipus tends to avoid "seeing" the truth about his prophecy, while Tiresias ' physical blindness allows him to "see" the truth. The symbolism of sight versus blindness motif is a representation of the idea of knowledge versus ignorance. Sophocles uses this important motif as the tragic flaw of Oedipus that leads him to a path of utter suffering....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Sophocles, Truth]

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Seeing the Truth in Sophocles´ Oedipus the King

- Throughout Oedipus the King, by Sophocles, there are many references to sight, blindness, and seeing the truth. Characters, such as Tiresias, are able to accurately predict what Oedipus’ fate will be through their power to see the truth in a situation. Oedipus maintains a pompous and arrogant personality throughout the play as he tries to keep control of the city of Thebes and prove the speculations about his fate as falsities. Ironically, although Tiresias is physically blind, he is able to correctly predict how Oedipus’ backstory will unfold, while other characters, such as Jocasta and Oedipus are oblivious to the truth even though they can physically see....   [tags: fate, sight, blindness, predict]

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Oedipus King And Oedipus The King

- With the city stricken with a plague, a king will try to save it by finding the murder of the previous king. A truth will uncover the mystery behind the murder and reveal the current king’s past as false. This story is a simplified version of the play Oedipus the King and the play before sequel the play Antigone, both written by Sophocles. Both these stories have a theme that can relate to the both of them. The character Oedipus from Oedipus the King, Creon from Antigone, and the plot of Oedipus the King display the theme of sight vs....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Creon, Sophocles]

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King Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

- Winston Churchill once said “It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link of the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.” Throughout the story of Oedipus Rex we see continuing theme of sight and blindness, not only in a physical aspect but in a more universal theme of trying to see and navigate one’s own destiny. King Oedipus Rex is a man that has be told of his future of killing his father and sleeping with his mother. In “seeing” this he makes an attempt to change what he thinks is true, when in reality he knows nothing and his blindness to this inevitably succumbs him to what is foretold....   [tags: blindness, knowledge, mother fixation]

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Oedipus The King Is A Greek Tragedy

- Oedipus The King is a Greek tragedy written by Sophocles warning about the dangers of arrogance and power, as well as the power of fate and the Gods. Oedipus is the tragic hero of the plot who was destined from birth to kill his father and marry his mother, which prompts his parents, the King and Queen of Thebes, to send him to the mountainside to die. However, the King and Queen of Corinth save him from death. As a man, he returns to Thebes, in order to not fulfill the prophecy against his parents, but he does not know about his origins....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Sophocles, Tiresias]

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Oedipus The King, By Sophocles

- Sometimes in life people can be “blind” to the truth. The answer to their question or solution to their worry or problem may have been obvious yet, they could not “see” the answer. Therefore, they were blind to the truth. This blindness is not one in a physical sense but another kind of sight or vision. In Sophocles’ writing, Tiresias is a blind prophet that presents the truth to King Oedipus. Tiresias reveals that Oedipus has been blind to the truth his whole life and when he finally does find the truth, he loses his physical vision by saying, “so, you mock my blindness....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Sophocles, Tiresias]

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Oedipus The King By Sophocles

- Unfortunately, people can be “blinded” to the truth although the answers to their questions or solutions have always been manifested. Yet, they (Who do you mean by they?) have remained ignorant of the solution. In addition there has been many associations between being blind and enlightened. In Oedipus the King, Sophocles illustrates that those that are blind are the only one’s with the true vision because they have the power to see invisible things as well as the ability to see the scheduled subsequent....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Greek mythology]

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The Tragic Hero Of Oedipus And Tiresias And Oedipus The King Of Thebes

- Blindness unable to see, lacking sense of sight or unable to perceive or understand. This symbolic theme is common in many tragic Greek playwrights; the tragic hero begins at the center of his society and ends at the margins. This may be a familiar concept as it is an evident irony throughout many Greek plays, including Sophocles written play Oedipus Rex. This play begins in a condition of harmony that subsequently disintegrates by the end, leaving the main character Oedipus feeling destroyed and isolated....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Sophocles, Aeschylus]

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Oedipus The King Of Oedipus And The Priest

- At the beginning of the play, Oedipus and the priest are having a conversation. Oedipus is the king of the land Thebes. In this conversation, the priest tells Oedipus that the people are dying due to a plague going around the town. The priest begs Oedipus to save all the people, so then Oedipus orders his brother-in-law, Creon to see how to stop the plague. Creon comes to the scene and tells Oedipus that he has to tell him important news. Creon asks Oedipus if he wants to tell him the news in front of all of the people....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Parent, Jocasta]

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Oedipus the King by Sopohocles

- Oedipus the King by Sopohocles Works Cited Not Included Throughout the play, Oedipus the King, Sophocles refers to site and blindness to relate attitudes and knowledge of the past. The irony of sight in this play can be marked by Oedipus’ inability to realize that which is evident to the reader. His extreme pride is his tragic flaw. It blinds him from the truth. Oedipus blinding himself symbolizes his increase of knowledge, his sensitivity, and gives him the ability to finally "see". He is now able to see the flaws of his hubris attitude, and the consequences of which his pride brought to him....   [tags: Oedipus King Sophocles Essays]

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Sight And Blindess Of Oedipus The King

- Oedipus the King by Sophocles was a play written after a devastating plague struck the city of Athens in 430 B.C. The play is about how knowledge can lead to devastation and destruction based on how the characters find out the truth of the Delphic Oracle. Years before Oedipus became the king of Thebes, the previous king, Laius, had received a prophecy that his son would grow up to kill his father. With this information he gave his baby son to a sheperd to dispose of him. Years later Laius is murdered and the Sphinx emerges and locks down the city by refusing to let anybody enter or leave the city unless they can solve her riddle....   [tags: Sophocles Oedipus]

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Symbols And Metaphors Of Oedipus The King

- The story of Oedipus the King has many symbols and metaphors that can be interpreted differently from person to person. Many metaphors were used as symbols in Oedipus the King, which include sight and blindness, self-affliction, and the tree way crossroad. These are the three main symbols that were used in the story, and sight stands for knowledge, self-affliction stems from a senses of guilt, and the three way crossroad stands for decisions. The symbol of vision is a big component in the story of Oedipus....   [tags: Oedipus, Jocasta, Decision making]

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Oedipus The King Of Oedipus

- Tragically Flawed While his intentions were well meaning in the beginning, Oedipus finds himself weighed down by his own flaws. Tragically his flaws cause him to lose focus of his true objectives and damn himself to a life of misery. The tale of Oedipus depicts his rapid descent from Oedipus, savior and king of Thebes to Oedipus Tyrannus the man who slew his father and married his mother. Since Oedipus has so many tragic flaws there is a plethora to choose from. However, if Oedipus’s tragic traits could be described with two words it would be arrogant and imperceptive....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Tragic hero, Sophocles]

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The Tragedy Of Oedipus The King

- According to Collins English Dictionary, the definition of hubris is “an excess of ambition, pride”. Hubris is a person like Oedipus in this play who tricks himself. Throughout the story of Oedipus the king, Sophocles developed the story by building up the characteristic of each character from the start to made the story end as a tragedy. The protagonist, Oedipus, shows might and arrogance without acknowledging the truth. Oedipus’ hubris is responsible for the pollution that at the end leads to his downfall....   [tags: Sophocles, Oedipus, Oedipus the King]

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Oedipus' Blindness and Self Discovery Illustrated in Sophocles Oedipus

- From the very beginning of Oedipus, one can see that the main character of Oedipus is very sure about who he is and where he has come from. One of the most important motifs of the story is the idea of metaphorical blindness, and how Oedipus claims that everyone else around him is blind, and he is the only one that can see. However, what Oedipus soon finds out is that he has no idea who he is, and that all along he has been blind himself. Sophocles makes Oedipus suffer because of the fact that he actually has no idea who he is, and almost avoids figuring it out....   [tags: oedipus]

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Sophocles ' Oedipus The King

- Good Morning/Afternoon, Tiresias, from “Oedipus the King” by the Ancient Greek playwright Sophocles, is a blind prophet and whilst he is only on the stage for a little time he plays a major role by what he does and what he represents. Tiresias enters the play after being summoned by Oedipus to tell him of the murderer of Laius, the recent King. Tiresias for the sake of Oedipus does not tell him the truth at the start saying that “what will come will come. Even if I shroud it all in silence”. In is conversation, Sophocles, uses Tiresias as a turning point in the plot as it is the beginning of Oedipus’ downfall....   [tags: Oedipus the King, Oedipus]

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The Case Of Oedipus The King

- The fundamentals that make Oedipus the King an “Aristotelian tragedy” revolve around the key notions of harmartia, peripety, anagnorisis and catharsis. However, to fully understand these key notions, one must understand what Aristotle defines as a tragedy. In Aristotle’s words, “A tragedy is the imitation of an action that is serious and also, as having magnitude, complete in itself; in appropriate and pleasurable language;... in a dramatic rather than narrative form; with incidents arousing pity and fear, wherewith to accomplish a catharsis of these emotions” (Aristotle)....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Tragedy, Sophocles]

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Analysis Of ' Oedipus The King '

- Knowledge is any truthful information, good or bad, that encourages awareness of self and society. Just as Oedipus solved the Sphinx’s riddle with his quick intuition, humans have a remarkable capacity for knowledge and insight; however, even the most knowledgeable person is seen to struggle. This comes to show that knowledge is limited in human capability and to acquire more knowledge there is a consequence. Using characterization in Oedipus the King, Sophocles illustrates the idea of balance between knowledge and suffering to demonstrate the limitations and burdens of acquiring knowledge in human experience....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Knowledge, Truth]

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The Tale Of Oedipus The King

- A Double-Lashing Through hardships and unpleasant struggles a man is forged, hardened, and tempered. He only see this truth after he has suffered. Looking back, he realizes it was all a part of a design greater than himself to serve an end goal or purpose. In the tale of Oedipus the King, Sophocles explores the issues of man’s unescapable fate and the enlightenment brought upon by suffering. Unaware of his fate and deceived by the illusion of freewill, Oedipus’s journeys reveal his true purpose as an instrument of the Gods: a lash of punishment, not only to himself for those who surround him....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Tiresias, Sophocles]

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Oedipus The King By Sophocles

- Oedipus the King is one of the most ironic plays ever written. Sophocles, the author, is a famous philosopher of the ancient times The Play is about Oedipus, the king of Thebes, who unwittingly killed his father and married his mother. An oracle warned Laius, the king of Thebes prior to Oedipus, that his son would slay him. Accordingly, when his wife, Jocasta, had a son, he exposed the baby on Mt. Cithaeron, first pinning his ankles together (hence the name Oedipus, meaning Swell-Foot). A shepherd took pity on the infant, who was adopted by King Polybus of Corinth and his wife and was brought up as their son....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Sophocles, Jocasta]

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Oedipus The King, By Sophocles

- Within these two passages, Teiresias is explaining to Oedipus that the Prophecy admitted he killed his father. Oedipus is denying the fact that he killed his father and looking passed the problem. In the play Oedipus the King, written by Sophocles, Sophocles uses rhetorical devices to explain to the readers that Teiresias may be blind, but is seeing through the lie that Oedipus is living, while striking him the truth; this is explained through imagery, metaphors, an allusion, and ethos appeal. In the beginning, in which Teiresias is explaining to Oedipus, Teiresias is trying to convince Oedipus about the danger he has with Thebes at that moment....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Explanation, Tiresias]

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Sophocles ' Oedipus The King

- Sophocles remains one of the most outstanding playwrights of the classical period. Sophocles had a way of tabling his characters linking their actions with the thematic concerns in his literary oeuvres. The stylistic devices and the use of diverse character traits always made most of his artistic work thrilling. Oedipus the King is one of the most exciting masterpieces Sophocles has ever authored. Oedipus the King explores the role of fate, pride and the possible consequences of one’s actions about the societal myths and norms....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Tragedy, Oedipus the King]

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Oedipus The King, By Sophocles

- Oedipus the King, also known as Oedipus Rex was a tragic play written by Sophocles around 429 BC. The story of Oedipus is one of blindness, growth, deception, and fate, and Sophocles gives the reader several shocks throughout the play. The play begins with the citizens of Thebes begging their ruler, Oedipus to lift the plague that is causing their city to come to ruins. His brother-in-law Creon returns with news from the Oracle at Delphi stating that they must find the murderer of the previous king of Thebes, Laius....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Sophocles, Tiresias]

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Oedipus The King : Irony

- Irony in Oedipus the King In his play, Oedipus the King, Sophocles brings to life one of the greatest ironic tragic tales. Irony comes in many different forms: Verbal, Dramatic, and Situational irony. The focus of this paper will be on the verbal irony of Oedipus’ words, the dramatic irony of his actions, and the situational irony of the consequences of his actions. Sophocles uses verbal ironies to move the story along with helpful clues, as well as giving a warning to his readers about the dangers of rash words and actions....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Irony, Sophocles]

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Oedipus The King Is A Play Written By Scophocles

- Oedipus the King is a play written by Scophocles. In the play Oedipus is perceived as a hero and a great man to the people of Thebes. When Thebes was is in a time of trouble they would come to the King. In the story it talks about how the kingdom is suffering from a great plague and the King sends Creon to find an answer from a higher god named Apollo for help. Oedipus is a confident King, but as the story goes on his eyes are open to the suffering and sin he is living in all along. In the article written by Heller, one can see how suffering can be a time of growth as it is also shown in the play....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Creon]

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- In the opening scene, Oedipus, king of Thebes, comes outside of his palace to find a priest and group of children praying to the gods to release them from the city-wide plague which has destroyed the crops and left the women barren. He sends Creon, his brother-in-law, to the Oracle at Delphi to find the solution to the plague. At his return, Creon declares that Thebes would be cured once the murderer of the previous king, Laius, was found. Thus, Oedipus swears to find the killer and banish him. At the Chorus’s suggestion, he sends for the blind prophet Teiresias for consultation....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Jocasta, Tiresias]

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- However, as a tragic figure, he inherently holds features staining his heroic traits. These traits impact him, shaping his life to fulfill a prophecy to hold true to a prophecy he attempts to escape. Trying to save Thebes, he contacts oracles to which Jocasta insists is ridiculous as Laius was said , "To perish by the hand of his own son, A child that should be born to him by me. Now Laius--so at least report affirmed-- Was murdered on a day by highwaymen, No natives, at a spot where three roads meet." Jocasta goes on in detail, "The child should be his father 's murderer, Or the dread terror finds accomplishment, And Laius be slain by his own son", trying to prove that prophecies are not tr...   [tags: Oedipus, Tragic hero, Oedipus the King, Jocasta]

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- Many times people are blind to the truth that is right in front of them. The solution to their problems may have been blatantly obvious, however, they could not actually “see” their answer by their blindness to the truth. There have been instances where being blind is not actually a handicap, but more of a tool to see things to a deeper meaning. Although the blind may not have physical sight, they have another kind of vision. In Sophocles’ play, Oedipus the King, Tiresias, the blind prophet, addresses the truth of the prophecy to Oedipus and Jocasta....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Tiresias, Sophocles]

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- Sophocles wrote the play, “Oedipus the King,” about the ancient Greek King, Oedipus, and the tragic events of his life. Oedipus was the king of Thebes, and was dealt a series of unfortunate events throughout his life time. The choices that Oedipus made throughout his life lead to the horrific truth of the world around him. Oedipus ends up killing his father, and marrying his mother, however, he does not know that he does these things until his kingdom is about to collapse around him. Oedipus’ story is very tragic and odd but he is the reason that these events happened to him....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Greek mythology, Creon]

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Sophocles' Clever Use of Dramatic Irony in Oedipus the King

- Dramatic irony depends on the audience’s knowing something that the character does not, and in this play the audience knows Oedipus faith before he knows it himself. In this play there are several parts where Sophocles conveys his plot through dramatic irony. Dramatic irony underlines how partial human perceptive can be even when it is most reasonable and how agonizing it can be to be the costs of the misinterpretation, in some sense foreseeable. Dramatic irony is also use by Sophocles to make the audience feel their taken part of the play knowing the fate of the main character, making the audience wait in suspense wanting to know how Oedipus would react to his fate....   [tags: Oedipus the King]

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Silence : The Silence Of The Tragedy Of Oedipus, King Of Thebes

- Martin Luther King Jr. once said that our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. Americans complain relentlessly about the government and presidential candidates, but that is as far as it goes. When they are given the opportunity to enable a change, one that they cry out for, they meet the opportunity with reticence. They are supposedly so angry that it leads them to rebel in massive rebellions demonstrated by silence. The silence is not only restricted to noiselessness but rather it refers to “doing nothing.” However, what Americans fails to perceive, is that doing “nothing” is doing “something.” Consequently, silence is often the action that leads to destruct...   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Sophocles, Jocasta]

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The Punishment of Oedipus the King (Oedipus Rex)

- The Punishment of Oedipus the King At the end of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex, Oedipus, king of Thebes, ends up banished forever from his kingdom. Additionally, Oedipus physically puts out his own eyes, for several reasons which will be discussed later. The question is: Did Oedipus deserve his punishments. There are many factors that must be considered in answering this, including how Oedipus himself felt about his situation. His blinding was as much symbolic as it was physical pain....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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Fate Vs Free Shakespeare 's Oedipus The King

- Fate vs. Free will in Hamlet and Oedipus Fate is someone’s or somethings destiny, no matter what the person does their fate will fulfill itself. According to Bolle Kees fate “Derived from the Latin fatum (something spoken,a prophetic declaration, an oracle, a divine determination), the term fate denotes the idea that everything in human lives, in society , and in the world itself takes place according to a set, immutable pattern”(Kees 2998). Basically meaning what is meant to be will come to pass....   [tags: Oedipus the King, Oedipus, Hamlet, Tiresias]

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The Arrogance and Hubris of Oedipus and Creon

- In ‘Antigone”, Ismene says, “To them that walk in power; to exceed is madness, and not wisdom”. Her statement makes it clear, those who “walk in power”, allow it to corrupt them. Throughout the history of humanity there has been a correlation between those who have excessive power and corruption. Webster’s Dictionary defines corruption as, “impairment of integrity, virtue, or moral principle”. In the story of Antigone the tragic hero Creon, shows all of the common characteristics of corruption....   [tags: Oedipus and Creon]

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The Pride of Sophocles' Oedipus The King

- The Pride of Sophocles' Oedipus The King        Greek tragedy is characterized by the emotional catharsis brought about by the horrific suffering of a heroic figure. In Oedipus The King, by Sophocles, the onslaught of pain assailing the protagonist is a result of his tragic flaw. Sophocles often used a characters hamartia to alter or influence the outcome or future of the hero. Oedipus' hubris traps him to fulfil the oracle and intensifies his punishment.   Oedipus' pride is an innate characteristic....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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The Cruel Transformation in Oedipus the King

- The Cruel Transformation in Oedipus the King      When we look in the mirror, do we see what other people see or do we see what we delude ourselves into believing is the truth?  Self-realization is a complicated concept, one which many Greek dramatists used in order to clarify the themes of their tragedies.  In Oedipus the King, Sophocles ties Oedipus’ journey to self-realization with the main theme of the story.  As Oedipus slowly begins to realize his true self, he transforms from a proud and heroic king into a tyrant in denial into a scared, condemned man, humbled by his tragic fate.    In the beginning, Oedipus is portrayed as a confident, powerful hero.  His bravery and worth ar...   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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Freud and Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus

- Were we to temporarily embrace the theories of Freud in our analysis of Oedipus Tyrannus and subsequent plays, we would find ourselves with an incestuous protagonist, so mad in his quest to power that he seeks to kill his father and will stop at nothing to achieve this. It is where Freud misconstrues the very essence of the play that the audience is intended to find its meaning. Were Oedipus aware of his actions throughout the course of the story there would have been no story. Never once was he in the conscious pursuit of his father’s death or mother’s marriage bed, and upon hearing of his own actions falls into crippling despair....   [tags: Oedipus Tyrannus]

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Irony in Oedipus the King

- Irony in Oedipus the King      When Sophocles wrote Oedipus the King, he knew that his audience would have some idea as to the outcome, his tale being a Greek tragedy which follows a strict form. Not wanting to write a predictable, bland play, Sophocles used this knowledge to his advantage and created various situations in which dramatic irony plays a key role. Dramatic irony is present when the tragic truth is revealed to the audience before it is revealed to the characters within the story....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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- Metamorphosis of Oedipus in Oedipus Rex (the King)    The metamorphosis of Oedipus in Sophocles' "Oedipus Rex" is sudden and climactic. Sophocles wrote the tragedy to bring a certain moral conclusion to fruition by the end of the novel. To have change, the character of Oedipus first had to reveal his tragic flaw. He begins the story as a brilliant conqueror and becomes a bereft and blind man at the play's surface. However, the moral of the play is not merely the consequences of attempting to circumvent one's fate....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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- 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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Oedipus the King: Fate and Free Will

- “‘Tragedy is an imitation, not of men, but of action and life, of happiness and misery’” (Milch 12). This statement by Aristotle reflects the ideas portrayed in the play Oedipus Rex. Written by Sophocles, Oedipus Rex is a play which combines tragedy with irony to tell a story of a noble king who falls short of his greatness. The play was written around 430 BC and originally intended for an Athenian audience. They considered Sophocles their most successful playwright and consequently, his works continued to be valued highly throughout the Greek world long after his death....   [tags: Oedipus the King, Oedipus Rex 2014]

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Oedipus the King - The Character Transformations of Oedipus

- Oedipus the King - The Character Transformations of Oedipus Through the character of Oedipus, Sophocles shows the consequences of defying the divine order. Oedipus served Thebes as a great ruler, loved by his subjects; but, like most in the human race, he slipped through the cracks of perfection. Oedipus had many faults, but it was primarily the tragic flaw of hubris, arrogance from excessive pride, which doomed his existence, regardless of the character attributes that made him such a beloved king....   [tags: Oedipus King Oedipus Rex Essays Papers]

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Analysis Of ' Oedipus ' Rex '

- Physical blindness is a disability, though what is worse is a blindness to the truth. This form of blindness is one of the key themes of Sophocles’s Oedipus Rex, a story of how fate always finds a way regardless of how much one blinds themselves to it. There are several instances of this irony throughout the story, exemplified in various characters and situations they encounter. One of the best examples of blindness throughout this story is Oedipus himself, the main character. He is a rather prideful man, and king of the land of Thebes that is infected with a murderous plague....   [tags: Oedipus, Jocasta, Greek mythology]

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Oedipus The King Of The Sphinx

- Oedipus, the tragic hero in Sophocles’s Theban trilogy, is the mythical king of Thebes who brings about destruction to his father and begets children with his mother. Throughout the plays, Oedipus develops as an object to himself and to various other characters, even fate. In turn, he uses others as objects in order to achieve his own desires. Oedipus, having been treated as an object his whole life, is still used as a means to gain luck by his offspring. Oedipus is continuously used throughout the plays as others seek to obtain their desires; this theme is argued to begin as he answers the riddle of the sphinx....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, Tragedy]

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Oedipus, Oedipus And Oedipus

- A rosy cheeked child plays “Chutes and Ladders” with uncanny ruthlessness as his soft, plump hands curl into fists ready to obliterate the board in a reign of terror. Only an unforgiving god who waits for the game of a prophecy to unfold on its victims rivals the child’s merciless disposition. In each case, the game is unwinnable for the tyrant’s opponents. The opponent’s only choice is to refuse to play the game; he can refuse to be subjugated to either the child’s tantrums or the god’s wrath....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Greek mythology, Creon]

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The Downfall and Destruction of a King in the Play, Oedipus the King

- The Downfall of a King in the Play, Oedipus the King I found the tragedy of "Oedipus the King" to be quite interesting. It was not as hard to read as an epic. "The purpose of tragedy is to arouse the emotions of pity and fear and thus to produce in the audience a catharsis of these emotions." (p488, A Handbook of Literature) A tragedy has more drama and builds to the climax. Oedipus' fate was set into motion by the circumstances he created himself because of his own rashness and arrogance. This is called an inciting incident....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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An Intellectual and Emotional Response to Oedipus the King

- An Intellectual and Emotional Response to Oedipus the King   While reading the play Oedipus the King, my response to the work became more and more clear as the play continued. When I finished the play, my reaction to the work and to two particular characters was startling and very different from my response while I was still reading. My initial response was to the text, and it was mostly an intellectual one. I felt cheated by the play because the challenge of solving the mystery of the plot was spoiled for me by the obvious clues laid out in the work....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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The True Vision of Blindness in Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

- People may be blinded to truth, and may not realize what truth is, even if truth is standing in front of them. They will never see truth becase they are blind to it. In Oedipus Rex by Sophocles it is easy to see how blindness affects the transition of the story. It is said that blind people see “in a different manner” because they sense the world in a totally diferent way, such as Teiresias in the play. Oedipus Rex is a tragedy due to the content the Sophocles, the playwright, decided to include, first, murdering his father, king Laius, then marrying his mother, Jocasta, and ending by blinding himself....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Analytical Essay]

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Comparing Shakespeare 's Oedipus At Colonus And Oedipus The King

- Contrasting Portrayals of Fate in Oedipus at Colonus and Oedipus the King Oedipus’s tale of patricide and incest is fixed in the public consciousness, having been immortalized in the present era by Freud’s concept of the Oedipus Complex. Before Freud, however, much of the fame of Oedipus was due to a series of plays by the great Greek tragedian Sophocles. Instead of capturing the public’s attention with a salacious psychoanalytical concept, Sophocles enthralled theater audiences with the story of a man and his fight and ultimate failure to avoid fate....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, Creon]

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Tragic Flaws in Oedipus the King

- Oedipus the King, Sophocles’ classical Greek tragedy, presents tragic flaw(s) as the cause of  the near-total destruction of the life of the protagonist. This essay examines that flaw. In his essay “Sophoclean Tragedy” Friedrich Nietzsche agrees that there is an “error” within the protagonist, but refrains from specifying exactly what it is: The most pathetic figure of the Greek theatre, the unfortunate Oedipus, Sophocles takes to be a noble man called to error and alienation in spite of his wisdom, yet called too, in the end, through monstrous suffering, to radiate a magic power rich in a blessing which works even after he passes on....   [tags: Oedipus the King Essays]

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Oedipus The King by Sophocles

- Oedipus the King by Sophocles is the story of a man who was destined to kill his father and marry his mother. The ancient Greeks believed that their gods decided what would ultimately happen to each and every person.Man was free to choose and was ultimately held responsible for his own actions. Both the concept of fate and free will played an important part in Oedipus' destruction. Although he was a victim of fate, he was not controlled by it. Oedipus was destined from birth to someday marry his mother and to murder his father....   [tags: Oedipus King Sophocles]

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Oedipus And Blindness Imagery

- In the story of Oedipus the king, Sophocles beautifully demonstrates the imagery of sight versus blindness through the use of tragedy and ignorance. Oedipus is ignorant to his own incest, therefore causing the first instance of his blindness. The second instance of Oedipus’ blindness is the ignorance of his true parent’s identity. The third instance of Oedipus’ blindness is a literal one, in which he physically blinds himself after finding the body of his mother, or wife. Sophocles utilizes his skill of creating a tragic character by showing Oedipus as blind on multiple levels, all the while being unaware of his blindness until the end....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Oedipus The King : A Tragic Hero

- A thunderous crash is felt when nobility falls from its ivory tower. A crash that is heard for generations. Sophocles’ Greek drama Oedipus Rex is just such a crash. It exhibits a noble king beset by unimaginable tragedy. Oedipus the King has elicited pity and fear from those who read it or watch it for many generations. How does one who is noble, and good, fall. It is “Aristotle 's demand that suffering be shown to have been caused, in part at least, by errors.” The plot, hero, diction and theme all lead to a final tragic event in the life of the noble king....   [tags: Tragedy, Sophocles, Oedipus, Poetics]

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The Tragedy Of Oedipus The King

- A Hamartic Tragedy For every Greek tragedy, there exists three critical elements: hamartia, the tragic flaw of the protagonist, peripeteia, a turning point in the story, and the catharsis, a release of pent-up emotions. Oedipus the King, by Greek tragedian Sophocles is no exception. The majority of the play takes place in Thebes, one of the most dominant Greek city-states in history as Athens’ rival and Sparta’s bane until its destruction by Alexander the Great in 335 BC. The tragedy of Oedipus the King is ingrained in the hamartic flaw of hubris, excessive pride and arrogance....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Greek mythology]

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Concepts Of Sight in Sophocles’ Play Oedipus

- Concepts Of Sight in Sophocles’ Play Oedipus The concept of sight is one of the major motifs throughout Sophocles’ play Oedipus the King. The play revolves primarily around series of events caused by many people’s insight or lack there of. Oedipus does not see that he is caught up in a web of cruel destiny that he cannot escape. The gods demonstrate foresight and insight into the play. In addition to this, Tiresias has physical blindness but also has prophetic insight. Finally, both Oedipus and Jocasta portray types of mental blindness and shortsightedness....   [tags: Sophocles Oedipus King Essays]

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- Oedipus the King as a Greek Tragedy The Greek tragedy, Oedipus the King, written by Sophocles (496-406 B.C.), adheres to Aristotles (384-322 B.C.) definition of a tragedy. The first criterion of a Greek tragedy is that the protagonist be a good person; doubly blessed with a good heart and noble intention. Sophocles reveals immediately at the start of the play that Oedipus is such a man. As is common in the Greek tragedy Oedipus is also an aristocrat. Born of the King and Queen of Thebes he is of true nobility....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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- During the Classic Greek era, dramas were the most important form of entertainment which included three genres: comedy, satyr, and the most significant of all, tragedy. The genre of tragedy was important to the Greek because is allowed the citizens to purge or to commit catharsis (Class Dis.). The popular and well known play, Oedipus Rex is an example of a tragedy that evokes emotion by following the trials and triumphs of a tragic hero. In Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, Oedipus’ fate, hubris, and failure to acknowledge his identity led to his ultimate downfall as a tragic hero....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Tragedy, Oedipus the King]

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Oedipus The Tragic Hero Of Oedipus Rex 's ' Oedipus '

- Although this argument can be supported using evidence from the text, Dodds, in his essay On Misunderstanding Oedipus Rex refutes this idea: that of Oedipus having a hamartia that seals his fate. He argues that, even if Oedipus does have several flaws that are detrimental to his otherwise noble character, none of them are relevant. He says, “Years before the action of the play begins, Oedipus was already an incestuous parricide; I that was a punishment for his unkind treatment of Creon, then the punishment preceded the crime—which is surely an odd kind of justice” (220)....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Oedipus the King, Jocasta]

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Oedipus The True State Of Thebes

- Self-control can be defined as the ability to control oneself, in particular one’s emotions or desires, especially in difficult situations. Comparatively, self-image is the idea one has of one’s abilities, appearance or personality. Often self-image and self-control are thought of as separate entities, but in the case of the tragic play “Oedipus Rex,” Sophocles demonstrates the connection between the two through the tragic events that occur. Integrated in the plot is the growth of the character of Oedipus, for it is he whom indices the investigation to stop the current plague in his kingdom of Thebes, his personal rashness and ignorance of the past come back to haunt him....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Sophocles, Jocasta]

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Dramatic Irony in Sophocles' Oedipus the King

- Dramatic Irony in Sophocles' Oedipus the King Oedipus the King is a Greek tragedy written by Sophocles.  Sophocles knowing that his audience is aware of the outcome of the play utilizes that knowledge to create various situations in which dramatic irony play key roles.  Dramatic irony is when the audience knows the tragic truth before the characters do.  Through his use of irony Sophocles manages to avoid  retelling an old tale, though the audience is cognizant of the story's end they are intrigued by the irony present in the story.  Sophocles made liberal use of irony....   [tags: Oedipus King Oedipus Rex Essays Papers]

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Vision and Blindness In Oedipus Tyrannus by Sophocles

- The play Oedipus Tyrannus, written by Sophocles, is a play filled with symbols and irony involving the aspect of both vision and blindness. This aspect of the novel takes on an important role in the life of Oedipus, the ruler of Thebes. He originally feels as though he knows and sees everything, nevertheless, as the motto of the Oracle at Delphi states, he does not "know thyself," as he will find out toward the end of the play. The notion of seeing and blindness becomes an important and ironic symbol in the tragic fall of Oedipus, a man who could not escape his lot or moira....   [tags: Oedipus Rex Essays]

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