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Jocasta as the Victim of Oedipus the King

- Jocasta as the Victim of Oedipus the King     The play Oedipus the King by Sophocles has often been described as the story of a “tragic hero.” This story is indeed tragic; however, Oedipus is not the only character stricken by tragedy. Equally stricken may be the character of Jocasta. She, as well as Oedipus, suffers many tragedies throughout the story. Shifting the story to a different perspective quite possibly may increase how we view it. The point is not to denounce Oedipus’ role as a tragic hero, but to denounce his role as the only tragic character....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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Essay on Jocasta in Oedipus the King

- The Role of Jocasta in Oedipus the King "Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him." (James 1:12) Such is the proclamation in the Holy Bible, and so was the proclamation in ancient Greece. Since the founding of religion, the gods have sought to test those with power. Jocasta was sent by Apollo to do just that: to test Oedipus' - the king of Thebes - faith and conviction. Throughout the play, Jocasta tested the beliefs of those around her by feigning disbelief in the gods herself....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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Free Essays - Jocasta is Not to Blame in Oedipus the King (Oedipus Rex)

- Jocasta is Not to Blame in Oedipus the King In the play, Oedipus the King , written by Sophocles, it is Oedipus, not Jocasta, that deserves our criticism. Oedipus made some `errors in judgement' that caused him dire consequences and is therefore going to be inevitably condemned for them. Many could argue that Jocasta is responsible for the downfall that Oedipus encounters due to an unsuccessful attempt to have Oedipus murdered as an infant. It could be said that she therefore deserves our criticism for her actions in the play although we cannot over look the choices the Oedipus makes himself....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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The Collective Theory Of ' Oedipus The King '

- ... Throughout the play we witness Oedipus’ inability to find the culprit of the murder primarily due to his unwillingness to accept the truths that go against him. Thus, people are naturally born with incestuous desire for their mother and hatred toward their father, and generally seek to confirm pre-existing beliefs and biases, leading to the fallibility of human knowledge. The relationship between human nature and human civilization is one of affirmation, in which humans act to fit within the framework of society and repress the desires and fantasies that go against the ideals of society....   [tags: Oedipus, Jocasta, Oedipus the King, Truth]

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Sophocles ' Oedipus The King Fate

- Oedipus the King Fate Sophocles’ play, Oedipus the King, can be called as one of the most famous works in the history of literature of the entire world. The play with all its aesthetic quintessence and artistic portraiture of the subject matter has triumphed over the scythe of time, and has been immortalized in the hearts of the avid readers or audience. The play stands out with its portraiture of the male protagonist, Oedipus, who was shown as a powerful man, yet so helpless at the mockery of fate....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Creon, Jocasta]

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Oedipus The King By Sophocles

- ... As many times as everyone tried to change the fate of Oedipus, fate always overruled. Fate is something that unavoidably befalls two characters in this story. The gods decide Oedipus and Jocasta’s fate even before they know it. Trying to avoid destiny is pointless because no matter what, it will catch up to you where ever you are. It is often thought that you can change your destiny, but in reality our fate was put into action the day we were born. Throughout the play, Oedipus tries to change his fate....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Sophocles, Jocasta]

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Oedipus The King And Antigone

- ... The Greeks believed that it was of most importance to bury a person who died in battle therefore that their soul may continue on in the afterlife. Antigone is willing to risk her own life so that Polyneices can have a proper burial, she strongly feels he deserved; "but I will bury him: and if I must die, I say that this crime is holy” (Antigone, 57-59). Having a fatal flaw is one of the characteristics of a Greek tragic hero. Antigone 's fatal flaw is her stubborn behavior” She shows her father’s stubborn spirit” (Chorus, 139)....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Jocasta, Oedipus the King]

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Fate And Free Will : Oedipus The King

- ... Oedipus demonstrates an important trait in his character, stubbornness. This trait is visible when Oedipus reacted to the man pushing him aside at the crossroads. "the one shouldering me aside, the driver, I strike him in anger. ....I killed them all--every mother 's son!" (Sophocles 189). In ancient times when a caravan was coming down the road they usually pushed you to the side. Oedipus didn 't like this and flipped out, killing all of them. It was his stubbornness that caused this to happen....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Jocasta, Sophocles]

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Fate And Free Will : Oedipus The King Of Sophocles

- ... His life is governed by the operations of chance. Nothing can be clearly foreseen. The best way to live is by hit and miss as best you can”. This goes to show how Jocasta is more in favor of free will even if she still seemed to praise Apollo. She influences Oedipus that from the beginning to the end his perspective changes. Jocasta is cunning in the sense that she can change Oedipus’s perspective. Oedipus was a firm believer of fate that when he saw that a prophecy might come true his fear let him influence his decision....   [tags: Oedipus the King, Oedipus, Tiresias, Jocasta]

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

- ... Throughout the play, the answer Oedipus seeks lies within his parentage. It is this truth which evaded him in loud silence that would have changed the course of the play. Tiresias, who knows all truth, by default knows who his real parents are. The same parents the prophecy speaks of- “Who are your father and mother. Can you tell me?” Tiresias hints upon raging persistence from Oedipus- Tiresias did not want to disclose their identity to Oedipus. In fact, he begged not to reveal this truth. But why did Tiresias refuse to tell Oedipus the truth....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Sophocles, Jocasta]

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The Completion And Substance Of Oedipus Rex

- ... His denial furthers the plot and is focused on heavily throughout the text. In addition to denial, Oedipus approaches his truth with anger that mirrors fear. Oedipus acts out his anger by attacking Tiresias. The more Tiresias talks and confronts Oedipus about [Oedipus]’s truth, the angrier Oedipus became (334-336). Oedipus’s anger quickly starts as soon as Tiresias starts speaking. Tiresias warns Oedipus of his truth from the beginning of their conversation. He [Tiresias] claims that wisdom was “dreadful when it brings no gain” (316-317)....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Jocasta]

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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 Rex, The Power Of Athens

- ... She emits an aura of arrogance and dismisses the words of the prophets, saying, “Do not concern yourself about this matter; / listen to me and learn that human beings / have no part in the craft of prophecy” (813-815). Jocasta believes prophecies made by oracles are worthless, “So clear in this case were the oracles, / so clear and false” (833-834). But the oracle did, in fact, come true and it was Jocasta’s excessive pride that shielded her from realizing this. When the relationship between Jocasta and Oedipus becomes known, Jocasta is ashamed and commits suicide....   [tags: Oedipus the King, Oedipus, Jocasta, Sophocles]

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Oedipus Rex, By Sophocles

- The famous Greek philosopher Aristotle outlined the requirements for a good tragedy, and he based his ideals on the classic Greek play Oedipus Rex, written by Sophocles. As Aristotle stated, the perfect tragedy must be an imitation of one’s life, realistic and narrow in its aspects. Such is the case with the play Oedipus Rex, a Greek play revolving around the tragedies of the life of King Oedipus. Oedipus Rex, the protagonist of the first of the three Oedipus plays, has a life of luxury and promise....   [tags: Oedipus the King, Oedipus, Sophocles, Jocasta]

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Oedipus Rex By Sophocles : An Ideal Tragic Hero

- If one is familiar with Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero, one may consider King Oedipus, from Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, as a potential example of an ideal tragic hero. Sophocles exemplifies the definition of a tragic hero in his portrayal of King Oedipus, in addition to masterfully constructing a tragedy that has lasted the ages and continues to thrive as a classic work of literature to this day. A brief review of Oedipus Rex reveals key elements when defining a tragic hero. The first is the situation, as it unfolds, is complex in nature....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Sophocles, Jocasta]

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Women 's Rights Movement By Susan Glaspell

- ... Peters could not decide either to defend her friend Minnie Wright, or to remain on her husband’s side who was the sheriff. Both of these women knew Mrs. Wright did not kill her husband for no reason, they ended up defending their friend’s rights by remaining quiet about the clues and leaving the sheriff and the detective clueless. In this play, the author made us realize how men are not always the center of the attention. Since the two men were experts, they were expected to solve the investigation, but that was not the case....   [tags: Oedipus, Jocasta, Oedipus the King, Woman]

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The Tragic Tragedy Of Sophocles ' Oedipus Rex '

- ... Something is visible which Oedipus does not want to see and does not want to be seen. The link between visibility and shame is already present with the blind Tiresias and Oedipus’ command that the murderer of Laius be shunned, but it becomes explicit and central as we approach Oedipus’ recognition. . As Oedipus starts to have an inkling that the man he murdered at the crossroads may have been linked to Laius, he says: If this be the fate I was born to, one can only call the gods savage. May I never see that day....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Sigmund Freud, Jocasta]

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Fate And Gods : Separate Entities

- Fate and Gods: separate entities in Oedipus the King Oedipus the King is the second book written in a trilogy by Ancient Greek play write, Sophocles. Though second, the events that take place in this play occurred, according to chronology, well before that of the first play Antigone. In Oedipus the King, the city of Thebes faces a curse, which can only be lifted by punishment of the former king’s murder, in effort to save his city; Oedipus discovers that he himself is the killer and had unknowingly fulfilled a horrendous prophecy fixed upon him at birth....   [tags: Oedipus the King, Oedipus, Aeschylus, Jocasta]

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The World History

- ... Oedipus still surprised by the people’s inability to find them, vows to find the murderers of Laius and restore Thebes from their present dilemma. Oedipus’ persistent though honorable will be seen for the blindness it caused him later as the play progresses. After the chorus talks to the audience and Oedipus, Teiresias is brought to Oedipus by a young boy leading him. Teiresias is the blind prophet of Thebes, and is well-known by the people of Thebes. Teiresias tells Oedipus it would be better if he were to go back home, than tell the truth of the Laius’ death....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Jocasta, Tiresias]

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Sophocles ' Antigone And Oedipus The King

- Overpowering and overbearing rulers can blur their judgment of what is right. Taking leadership to the extreme can cause a person to act in ways that do not correspond with their personal beliefs. This problem comes up a number of times in Sophocles plays, Antigone and Oedipus the king. Creon, the second king of Thebes, who is also the uncle of Antigone and Ismene, is a ruler who only cares for himself. Oedipus, the previous king, cares for the well- being of the people and views them as equals....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Jocasta, Creon]

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The Story Of Oedipus The King

- When reading the story of Oedipus the king people see it from Oedipus’s side “that he a child would kill his father and marry his mother;” however nobody sees it from the view of the mother, imagine how terrible it would be to find out that you have been bedding your own child and are grandmother and mother to the children you share. Jocasta is the Queen of Thebes, Never the less when a person is to think about what a queen 's life would be like, it would not be wrong to picture glamorous parties, fancy clothes and even an easy stress free life....   [tags: Oedipus, Family, Greek mythology, Jocasta]

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Oedipus The King By Sophocles

- Throughout the centuries, the play entitled Oedipus the King written by the Poet Sophocles has been thematically understood as a tragedy with the title character prophesied as a pitiful victim of fate or a pawn of the gods, with little or no control over his life. However, some scholarly reviews of this play contend that Oedipus was stereotypical of the individual that chose to pursue the truth to its conclusion with the full knowledge that their choices could either bring great joy or great heartbreak....   [tags: Oedipus, Jocasta, Greek mythology]

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Creon And Oedipus The King

- ... 13-15). As a result of their love, both kings strive to do what is right. It is this determination that led them to their downfall. Oedipus’s zeal to save the state from the curse despite being warned not to led him to realize that he had fulfilled his prophecy of killing his father and marrying his mother. The tragedy was as a result of him finding out what he had done. The same thing happens in Antigone, Creon knows that he has to be firm in order to rule the chaotic state and when his rules were disobeyed he had to follow justice....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Jocasta, Creon]

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Love's Destruction: Oedipus the King

- ... In the play Othello, although Emilia is a minor character, she signifies plenty of importance. Emilia is crucial to Iago’s plan to wreck Othello’s life. Without Emilia, Iago could have never gotten a hold of Desdemona’s handkerchief. The handkerchief was used as a tool of persuasion by Iago to create the illusion that Desdemona was having an affair with Cassio(Tiles). Without seeing the handkerchief, Othello would have never believed such harsh accusations of his wife having the affair. Emilia in essence is the key player in Iago’s plan....   [tags: Jocasta and Emilia, Sophocles]

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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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Oedipus The King Of Oedipus

- In Oedipus Tyrannus, the cultural way of thinking has been challenged by Oedipus himself and also the queen of Thebes, Jocasta. Oedipus is a king of Thebes who claimed himself to be incredibly smart for solving the riddles and he has helped the city who happened to be falling apart from the missing of their king. While in searching for the murderer of Laius, Oedipus called upon the presence of Teresias – the blind prophet. Oedipus requested Teresias to inform him about the truth that he knew about the secrets of the heaven and the earth (Sophocles, 1970)....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Socrates, Crito]

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Oedipus The King, By Denis Villeneuve

- ... On the contrary, Incedies is focusing on Nawal’s past and how her children learned about her and themselves. Moreover, Oedipus tired to escape from his fate, yet, he ended up trapped by his own destiny. Oedipus, Jeanne, and Simon, however, begin their journey without knowing anything about their pasts, which they all develop from ignorance to realization. While on the journey of finding the truth, Oedipus goes through self-discoveries breaking down by his pride and self-confidence at the end....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Sophocles]

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Oedipus The King By Sophocles

- ... I was alone.” Oedipus begins to piece together the story of his true identity, but simply falls back on how it must be impossible that he killed the king. Altogether, Oedipus displays his characteristics very quickly when presented with the possibility that he killed the king, but due to his blind and aggressive nature he is reluctant to comprehend his identity. Oedipus demonstrates great faith in the oracle at Delphi, but when this oracle has delivered his greatest fear he shows disbelief....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Sigmund Freud]

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Oedipus The King By Sophocles

- ... So, essentially Sophocles uses blindness in the characters of Oedipus, Teirisias, and Jocasta to indicate how understanding is far greater than vision alone.   The first way that blindness is present in Oedipus the King is through Teiresias, who is a sightless prophet. Tiresias is called in to the city of Thebes to go to the castle where Oedipus is found in hope that he can contribute some facts about the murder of Laius, the previous king. Oedipus asks Teiresias to communicate what he knows, however, he denies to tell him the truth about the prophecy....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Greek mythology]

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Spousal Relationships in Macbeth and Oedipus the King

- In Macbeth, by William Shakesphere, and Oedipus the King by Sophocles, the spousal relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, and Oedipus and Jocasta, play a major role in the events that lead to the tragedy. Their love, respect, and determination for each other reveal the nature of the relationship shared by them. In Macbeth, the bond between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth is strong. For instance, when he first hears the prophecy from the three weird sisters, he immediately writes to Lady Macbeth informing her about the prophecies....   [tags: Macbeth, Oedipus the King, marriage,]

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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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Our Decisions and a Predetermined Fate: Oedipus the King

- Since the dawn of time prophecies have supposedly been passed down directly from the gods unto the prophets. In the ancient Grecian time, god’s word was worshipped and fate was all but fact. In the bible, Moses was one of the most famous prophets. In the 1500s, Nostradamus, who was a French apothecary and seer, wrote an entire collection of prophecies. Throughout history there have been theses men and many more who claimed to know details about the future. Why would so many prophecies become world renowned if there were no truths to them....   [tags: Fate, 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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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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Marxist Theory and Oedipus the King

- Marxist Theory and Oedipus the King       "The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles" (Marx and Engels 2). This excerpt, taken from Karl Marx's and Friedrich Engels' The Communist Manifesto, explains the two primary classes found throughout most of Europe during the era of the Industrial Revolution. These classes were the bourgeoisie and the proletariat. The former were known as the "exploiters" and the latter as the "exploited". The wealth, power, and prestige of the bourgeoisie, acquired mostly from their control of institutions, industries, and means of production, enabled them to force upon the proletariat their economic, political, and religious i...   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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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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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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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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Destiny, Fate, and Free Will in Oedipus the King

- Fate and Free Will in Oedipus the King In today's society we let our lives be led by a certain force that we believe in very strongly. Yet, a common debate that still rages today is whether we, as a species, have free will or if some divine source, some call it fate, controls our destiny. In the play, Oedipus the King, that special force is also used and is known and defined as fate. This played an important role in the lives of the characters just as it plays one in our daily lives....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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Lacanian Mirror Stage: Oedipus the King

- Lacanian Mirror Stage: Oedipus the King The essence of this paper is to determine whether or not Jocasta played a more important role in the rise and fall of the title character. The paper will examine the play Oedipus Tyrannus through the eyes of the French theorist Jacques Lacan. Specifically the paper will focus on the mirror stage of Lacan's theories. As to the criteria that the paper will use, there are some "truths" that need to be established about the Lacanian division of thinking. In Lacan's way of thought, we all have repressed desires, and these desires can never be fulfilled....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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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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Oedipus The King Of Oedipus

- In the epic, Oedipus serves as the king of Thebes, who is told by many of a prophecy that he will kill his father and marry his mother. Also, he will have children who will also be his siblings. In Oedipus the King, Oedipus exemplifies his anger, hubris and status in very specific ways. When Oedipus sends for Tiresias the blind prophet to inform him of what he knows about the murder. Oedipus becomes angry that Tiresias will not tell hi. He goes as far as to blame Tiresias as the cause of the murder....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Tiresias, Tragic hero]

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Free Essays - The Themes of Oedipus the King (Rex)

- The Themes of Oedipus the King In the play Oedipus the King, by Sophocles, two themes appear; one that humans have little control of their lives because fate always catches up with them and the theme that when someone makes a mistake, they will have to pay for it. The theme that the lives of humans are controlled by the gods, in Oedipus, show that everything humans do are futile and result in no gain but only loss. This theme is mainly shown by the character Oedipus, king of Thebes....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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Analysis Of Oedipus ' Oedipus The King The Play '

- ... His drive for knowledge and truth is based on his free will. Throughout the play Oedipus is full of questions towards the other characters such as Teiresias, Creon, Jocasta his wife and mother, the messenger and so on. These characters whether they knew the answers to his questions, did not give him any information. Oedipus is so blind sighted by trying to find answers that he does not know he is living his own destiny. A conversation between Oedipus and Teiresias he says “have you eyes/ and do not see your own damnation....   [tags: Oedipus the King, Oedipus, Choice, God]

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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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The Tragic Hero : Oedipus The King

- ... Oedipus learns that the king of Thebes has been killed, and as his reward for relieving the city of Thebes of the Sphinx’s curse he has been granted to now rule the kingdom and seek justice for the king’s murderer. “The Killer, whoever it may be, could kill again And lay those deadly hands on me. As I serve this cause, so I serve myself. Now quickly, my children, up off the steps, Take your boughs of supplication and go. Call the people of Thebes to assemble here, And I will do everything. Apollo be with us, He will reveal our fortune- or our fall.” –Oedipus (Sophocles, 2015)....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Tiresias, Sophocles]

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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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The Tragedy Of Sophocles ' Oedipus The King

- ... They also understand that those predictions come true before the play starts. The production then begins when the plague hits Thebes and the only way to get rid of it is to find and punish Laius’ killer. Oedipus, in an attempt to save Thebes as he previously did with the Sphinx, questions everyone over the matter and tells someone to come forward and confess. He even goes and curses whoever the killer is, saying, “Upon the murderer I invoke this curse—whether he is one man and all unknown, or one of many—may he wear out his life in misery to miserable doom!” (Sophocles, 438)....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Oedipus the King, Truth]

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The Blind By Sophocles ' Oedipus The King

- ... Teiresias is a blind man who can see clearly, surrounded by people who can see clearly but are blind. Teiresias’ name literally means “a blind seer” and that is exactly what he is. Teiresias’ role in this play is to tell Oedipus that his fate has found him despite his best efforts to avoid it. Sophocles wants the reader to question fate when reading this piece. Although Oedipus tried to avoid what was foretold, at the end he could not escape his fate. When Teiresias first meets with Oedipus, who was begging to know who killed Laius, Teiresias is hesitant to tell him the truth, saying “Of themselves things will come, although I hide them and breathe no word of them.” (370-1) and then onc...   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Tiresias, Sophocles]

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Oedipus is to Blame in Oedipus the King

- Oedipus is to Blame in Oedipus the King      In the story of Oedipus the King, Sophocles portrays the main character, Oedipus, as a good natured person that has bad judgment and frailty.  Oedipus makes a few bad decisions and is condemned to profound suffering because of his pride.  I agree with Aristotle that he brings it all on to himself because of his own personal pride.         One day Oedipus finds out that there is a prophecy that depicts him killing his father and marrying his mother.  The prophecy may have been proven untrue if he wouldn't have put himself on such a high pedestal.  It all started one day when he met up with King Laius:               Sea...   [tags: Oedipus Rex Essays]

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The Role of Pride in Sophocles' Oedipus the King

- “Oh my children, the new blood of ancient Thebes, why are you here?” said Oedipus when addressing his people during his first appearance (1-2). Flamboyant, yes, well in Oedipus the King, the main character Oedipus is a boastful and pompous character faced with troublesome pasts and future predicaments. In actuality, he is king of Thebes and the rightful ruler, but when a plague strikes he is quickly led into a misfortune of events that ultimately leads him to dig his eyes out in attempt to relieve him from the truth he discovers....   [tags: Oedipus the King]

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- ... Now you can see, then you will stare into darkness. (Sophocles 1196) When Tiresias utters “hear this” the prophet is informing not only Oedipus but the chorus as well. Tiresias begins scolding Oedipus for mocking his lack of sight. As Oedipus can see the world around him, but is blind to the fact that he is unknowingly fulfilling the prophecy by killing his father and has married his mother. Sophocles uses the character Tiresias to foreshadow Oedipus’s future self as he blind himself upon confronted with the truth....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Tiresias, Sophocles]

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- ... Oedipus is in full rage at this point continues to lash out at Tiresias by saying, “I have such a fury in me” (Sophocles l 395) and accuses Tiresia of helping to release his anger and uncontrollable behavior. Once Tiresias comes out with the truth and shares that Oedipus is the cause of the city being in the crisis, he more or less calls the blind prophet a liar. The King continues to tell him he will not get away with telling such a ridiculous story. Oedipus is not thinking rationally in order to react effectively; he continues to talk down to the prophet and tells him that he is a fraud....   [tags: Oedipus the King, Oedipus, Sophocles, Tiresias]

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Oedipus the King: The Hubris of Oedipus

- "Oedipus the King" written by Sophocles, is a powerful Greek tragedy story. The protagonist, Oedipus is a heroic mythical king who had it all. Oedipus pursues to find the true answers to his identity and destiny, while at the same time trying to avoid fulfilling his destiny. "Oedipus the King" was introduced around 429 B.C.E. in Athens. This was Sophocles' most celebrated play. It is recognized by many titles, such as its Latin title "Oedipus Rex" and "Oedipus Tyrannus." Sophocles' performed this play at the annual festival of Dionysus--a religious festival, which celebrated Dionysus, the god of intoxication, death, and fertility....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles]

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Sophocles ' Oedipus The King

- ... Thirdly, it is evident in the tragedy that Oedipus is judgmental. This character trait is evident when he abruptly blames Creon for conspiring against him. Moreover, he does not take time but immediately refers to prophet Tiresias as a traitor. This drives him in making random errors through the text making him unable to heed to prophet Tiresias’ advice as is supposed to be for all the kings of Thebes (Cameron 23). This makes him an arrogant leader who is guided by his anger rather than truth....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Tragedy, Oedipus the King]

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Oedipus the King: The Free Will of Oedipus

- Even though "fate" seems to determine Oedipus' life, he does, in fact, have a free will. His choices brought the prophecy to life. Only his decisions (not influenced by anybody) he made. Of course those decisions were in side of the limits set by fate. When Oedipus heard a prophesy that his going to kill his father and sleep with his mother he ran away, even when he new there were suspicions of him being the real son of his parents. There some lines from the play: "…There was a man dining with us one day who had too much wine and man shouted at me-half drunk and shouting that I was not rightly called my father's son....   [tags: Oedipus Rex Essays]

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Destiny, Fate, Free Will and Free Choice in Oedipus the King - Fate's Triumph

- The Power of Fate in Oedipus Rex   Oedipus, the fated tragic hero of Sophocles’s Oedipus Rex, is a complex character who, through slow realization, learns that one cannot escape fate.  Throughout the course of the tragedy, Oedipus’s attitude evolves from arrogance to humbleness as he learns to seek for truth and finds that fate is impossible to control. In the beginning of Oedipus Rex, Oedipus is a strong, noble king in search of justice for the slain former King Laios. Oedipus is both arrogant and ignorant of his future misfortune....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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Destiny, Fate, Free Will and Choice in Oedipus the King - Fate's Triumph

- Destiny, Fate, Free Will and Choice in Oedipus the King - Fate's Triumph At the core of any tragedy there is a cruel change of fortune involved. This change of fortune is a key factor in man's demise and it can result in speculation that perhaps the gods plotted his ruin out of malice. To blame a higher power is the easy way to rationalize the downfall, but upon further investigation it becomes clear that it is actually man's attempt to escape his fate that leads to tragedy. Only when Oedipus was ruined did he realize his efforts to avoid what was pre-ordained were useless....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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Destiny, Fate, Free Will and Free Choice in Oedipus the King - Impact of Fate

- Oedipus The King and His Fate Oedipus The King, by Sophocles, is a play about how Oedipus lives up his fate that he will kill his father and marry his mother, both of which are extremely bad in the Greek society, even though he thinks he is getting away from it. Despite the Greek notions of supreme power of the gods and fate, Oedipus' downfall is primarily the result of King Laius' and his own actions and attempts to defy the gods, consequently Sophocles says that prophecies from the gods of someone's fate should not be ignored....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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Oedipus as Scapegoat in Oedipus the King

- Oedipus as Scapegoat in Oedipus the King        The great psychologist-philosopher Carl Jung was briefly a student of Freud. Because Jung felt that Freud's approach to psychoanalysis was by far too narrow, he broke off from his teachings, and made significant contributions to mythological criticism. Jung's greatest contribution was his theory of archetypes. His proposal of archetypes argues that there is one original pattern or model of all things of the same type. According to Jung, beneath the personal unconscious is a collective unconscious that is in the psychic inheritance of all humans....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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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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Oedipus The King, The Second Of Sophocles ' Theban Plays

- Oedipus the King, the second of Sophocles’ Theban plays, was regarded by Aristotle as a perfectly-composed tragedy (Thomas & Osborne 2004, p. 69); and Sophocles himself is arguably “the most perfectly balanced” of the Greek tragedians (Storr 1956, p. 2). It is difficult to miss the careful construction of the narrative arc, the power of the poetic dialogue, or the tragic virtue of Oedipus himself. But even so, the play has led to many debates from the questions it raises about fate, free will, and personal responsibility....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Oedipus the King]

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Oedipus the King: Oedipus's Submission to the Gods

- Oedipus's Submission to the Gods In ancient Greece, plays were more then simply a form of entertainment. "Athenian drama was supported and financed by the state. (...)Greek theater was directed at the moral and political education of the community." (Kennedy and Gioia, pgs 1357-1363) Sophocles understood this, and dissipated any pollyanic view of society by presenting us with plays that were intended to teach. Sophocles's Oedipus the King issued a warning for those who foolishly believed that they could challenge the forces of nature....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles]

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Oedipus the King

- In this essay of Oedipus Rex there are four characteristics I will discuss. The first characteristic I will discuss is if the story of Oedipus Rex is an example of a Greek tragedy and if so what is the fundamental tragedy. Next I will describe the basic tension in this play. The third characteristic I will explain is what motivation I find in the character Oedipus and last but not least I will give a character Analysis on the character Jocasta. The play Oedipus Rex is a clear example of a Greek tragedy, as you read thorough the story you first find out that Oedipus was the son of Laius and Jocasta, who were the king and queen of Thebes, a town in Greece....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles]

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Oedipus the King

- OEDIPUS REX There are those in the world that will have you believe that fate controls the lives of all of us. Still, there are those who insist that each individual has complete control over there own lives; a free will over there own destinies. Oedipus attempts to dodge his fate and change his life for the better, an act that has the reverse effect. According to the prophecies, Oedipus would be born to Laius and Jocasta, only to grow up to be the death of his father, Laius, and the bride to his mother, Jocasta....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles]

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Oedipus the King

- By definition a tragedy satisfies the moral sense, it brings forth pity or fear and it tells a story of misfortune by reversal of situation, all of which are fulfilled by Sophocles' Oedipus the King. This being said, I will argue that this play is actually a tragedy of fate: "its tragic effect depends on the conflict between the all-powerful will of the gods and the vain efforts of human beings threatened with disaster." In tracing the events throughout Sophocles' play it becomes evident that the will of the gods wins out, causing the collapse of Oedipus, his land and the people of Thebes....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles]

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The Hubris of Oedipus in Oedipus the King

- Hubris is defined by the Webster-Miriam dictionary as “Exaggerated pride or confidence” (Miriam-Webster Dictionary) in Oedipus the King, by Sophocles, 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’ flaw to alter or influence the outcome or future of the hero. Oedipus' hubris influences him to fulfill the oracle and further intensify his punishment from the Gods. Oedipus' pride is an essential characteristic throughout the play....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles]

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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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Significance of the Women in Oedipus Rex

- Significance of the Women in Oedipus Rex            Michael J. O’Brien in the Introduction to Twentieth Century Interpretations of Oedipus Rex, maintains that there is “a good deal of evidence to support this view” that the fifth century playwright was the “educator of his people” and a “teacher”. Sophocles in his tragedy, Oedipus Rex, teaches about “morally desirable attitudes and behavior,” (4) and uses three women to help convey these principles of living. This essay will explore the role of women in the drama, the attitude toward women therein, the involvement of women in plot development, and other aspects of women in Oedipus Rex....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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Oedipus Rex – The Women

- Oedipus Rex – The Women                 Charles Segal in Oedipus Tyrannus: Tragic Heroism and the Limits of Knowledge explains the protagonist’s concern for Jocasta’s burial in Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex:    Oedipus turns from his utter desolation and abasement to something of his old air of command, albeit in a chastened and softened tone. He asks Creon to expel him from Thebes as quickly as he can and gives orders for Jocasta’s burial (1446ff), a gesture of concern and responsibility characteristic of the Oedipus we saw in the opening scenes(73)....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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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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William Shakespeare 's ' Oedipus ' And ' The Perfect Storm '

- ... When Oedipus the principal character attempted to figure out who slaughtered the former monarch Laius. Oedipus investigated the murder by communicating with the people who lived in Thebes. Oedipus talked to his spouse Jocasta, who was King Laius spouse before his decease. He also examined the situation by speaking to his spouse’s brother Creon, the surviving eye witness, and the blind prophet Teiresias. Based on my knowledge I believe Oedipus was being an effective communicator, he was trying to solve a murder case by communicating to his people who might have known important details about the death of the former king or just simply have known King Laius physical appearance and where he...   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Andrea Gail, Sphinx]

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Oedipus as a Tragic Hero

- Oedipus Rex as a Tragic Hero Before the twentieth century plays were mainly written as either a tragedy or comedy. In a tragic play the tragic hero will often do something that will eventually destroy him. In the book Oedipus the King, Oedipus is the tragic hero. In this tragic play the main character, which is portrayed as Oedipus, will do a good deed that will in turn make him a hero. This hero will reach his height of pride in the story, and in the end the action, which he had committed earlier, will return and destroy this man who was once called a hero....   [tags: Oedipus the King]

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The Tragedy of Oedipus Rex

- The Tragedy of Oedipus Rex Oedipus Rex is a tragedy that illustrates a man's sense of justice. The same man is also paranoid and impulsive. In the text, he overcomes his negative characteristics and succumbs to his greater sense of justice and responsibility. The king of Thebes is shown as a just ruler who cares about the suffering of his people. After saving the city from the Sphinx and her riddle, King Oedipus learns that a plague has beset upon the population. After consulting with the oracle at Delphi, Oedipus realizes that an unsolved crime is the cause for the suffering of the people....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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The Tragic Hero of Oedipus the King

- "Writing About Drama" in the book, Literature for Composition, describes the world's greatest plays written before the 20th century as either tragedy or comedy. In a tragic play, the tragic hero usually does some fearful deed which ultimately destroys him. The main character of a tragic play does a good deed which in turn makes him a hero. This hero reaches his prime, and in the end a fearful deed which he had committed earlier, ultimately destroys this man once called hero. Oedipus the king of Thebes is an example of this tragic hero....   [tags: Oedipus Rex Essays]

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The Themes in Oedipus Rex

- The Themes in Oedipus Rex          Sophocles’ tragedy, Oedipus Rex, contains one main theme, which this essay will consider. The theme is the general doctrine or belief implicit in the drama, which the author seeks to make persuasive to the reader (Abrams 170).   In “Sophocles’ Moral Themes” Robert D. Murray Jr. cites a critic who is strictly moralist in the interpretation of the theme of Oedipus Rex:   Let C. M. Bowra speak for the moralists:   The central idea of a Sophoclean tragedy is that through suffering a man learns to be modest before the gods....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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Justice in Oedipus the King

- Justice in Oedipus the King After reading Oedipus the King, one may think that in this story, there was no justice, and nobody could avoid their fate. King Laius and Queen Jocasta, fearing the prophecy of the Delphic oracle, had the young Oedipus left on Mount Cithaeron to die, but the father dies and the son marries the mother anyway. Oedipus, seemingly a good person, also tries to avoid the second prophecy, only to fulfill the first. But even through all this, I have done some research and feel that there was justice in Oedipus, The King, and their fate wasn't completely sealed....   [tags: Oedipus Rex Essays]

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Jungian Archetypes and Oedipus the King

- Jungian Archetypes and Oedipus the King      The play Oedipus the King by Sophocles has multiple examples of collective unconscious archetypes from the theories of Carl G. Jung. In general Jung's theories say that there are archetypes that define the world, its people, and why people participate or commit certain activities. Jung explains that these archetypes are harbored in the collective unconscious of every person's mind. The archetype of the hero is one of them. The middle of Oedipus the King shows the character Oedipus as the Jungian archetypal hero and sacrificial scapegoat....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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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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Women in Oedipus Rex

- Women in Oedipus Rex               Charles Segal in Oedipus Tyrannus: Tragic Heroism and the Limits of Knowledge explains one of the pivotal functions of Jocasta in Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex:   The second series begins with Jocasta. . . .Now Oedipus is pursuing the killer as possibly the same as himself. . . . In this set his goal shifts gradually from uncovering the murderer to discovering his own parents. The confidence and power that he demonstrated in the first series of encounters gradually erode into anger, loss of control and fear (72)....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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