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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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Oedipus The King : Oedipus And Oedipus

- Sophocles’ Oedipus the King features a tragic storyline, conveyed through two of its main characters, Oedipus and Jocasta. Starting after their marriage, Sophocles begins writing of Oedipus’ journey to discover who murdered Laios, former king of Thebes. While ruthless in his attempt to discover the truth, Oedipus and Jocasta slowly panic upon discovering that the latter gave birth to current King Oedipus. Their misfortunate only worsens as they develop ways to cope, ultimately trying to forget and destroy their knowledge....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Jocasta]

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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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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 : Oedipus

- In the play Oedipus the King, the character that interested me the most is Oedipus. He was one of the main characters of the play Oedipus the King. I found him interested how when he found out the truth he punish himself instead of to keep hurting people. In the beginning of the play Oedipus was confident of what he was doing. He was the one that saved Thebes from being cursed by the Sphinx and he became the king right away for that reason. He would say his name as a healing charm. He was proud of being called Oedipus....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Creon, Jocasta]

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The Tragic Downfall Of Oedipus The King

- In the play Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannus the tragic downfall of Oedipus the King brings forth the question was this outcome determined by his predestined fate or his own actions, and if he can be held accountable for his crime. The argument of Oedipus guilt or innocence dates back for centuries, yet there still is not a clear explanation to which side is accurate. King Laius of Thebes Oedipus’ biological father learned from the oracle that if he wed with Jocasta, he would perish at the hands of his son....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Jocasta]

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Oedipus The King : The Fate Of Fate

- Oedipus The King Discovers His Fate In today’s culture we live our personal decisions that we strongly believe in In the play Oedipus The King by Sophocles fate is constantly hidden and freewill uncovers his Destiny. Odious is battling against is his fate. In the beginning of the play Oedipus is hopeful to discover about his family background. He is struggling to accept the truth about his past, and he decides to investigate his past, and he becomes his own worst enemy by destroying relationship with his family and with himself....   [tags: Oedipus the King, Sophocles, Oedipus, Jocasta]

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The Collective Theory Of ' Oedipus The King '

- The Collective Social Unconscious According to Carl Jung, the collective unconscious represents part of the mind in which certain memories and impulses are shared by all beings of the same species and are not a by-product of the individual. He believed that myths and dreams were expressions of this collective unconscious and expressed ideas shared by all human beings. Sophocles’ Oedipus the King highlights several examples of the collective unconscious through the shortcomings of the main character Oedipus, who sought the cure for the blight that had plagued his city only to find out that he was the source of the problem....   [tags: Oedipus, Jocasta, Oedipus the King, Truth]

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Oedipus The King : A Predetermined Life

- A Predetermined Life In Sophocles play, Oedipus the King, the life that Oedipus lived was predetermined. All the choices he thought he made of his own free will were actually made for him. The decision of whether Oedipus should live or die as an infant was decided by a servant of Thebes, the decision of whom he should marry was decided after he killed the sphinx and was rewarded a kingdom, and the decision of how he could save Thebes and all those he cared for was decided by the gods. Oedipus tried very hard to make his life the way that he wanted it to be but in the end it still turned out the way foretold when he was an infant....   [tags: Oedipus, Jocasta, Oedipus the King, Sophocles]

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Oedipus The King By Sophocles

- In life there are goals that people strive for, things they try to accomplish. However, at times there are obstacles that people cannot foresee. There are certain things in an individual’s life that is out of their control and will stop them from achieving their goal. In Sophocles play, Oedipus the king factors contributing to the protagonists ultimate demise are those of the Oracle, The first Shepherd and Oedipus himself. The Oracle is to blame for Oedipus’s demise as it contributes 50% to his downfall....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Jocasta]

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Oedipus The King By Sophocles

- Oedipus the King by Sophocles This research essay will be about the myth Oedipus the King. Even Oedipus can possibly change his fate, but he still leads himself to the destruction due to his arrogant and stubbornness. There are so many things Oedipus can possibly do differently to avoid fulfilling the prophecy of the oracle. The story of Oedipus can apply to our everyday lives in many ways. Life is a long chess game and our opponent is the ruthless fate. Some of us think twice, maybe even three times more before we make our moves....   [tags: Oedipus, Jocasta, Sphinx, Oedipus the King]

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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

- 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 : A Trickle Down Effect

- Throughout the play Oedipus Rex the King, Oedipus protects his pride by trying to make everyone see that he is in every way perfect, but it affects many more people than just himself. Oedipus protecting ‘morality’ has a trickle down effect. Oedipus’ actions affect everyone from his loyal subjects to both of his mother 's, Jocasta and Merope. If someone was to look at Oedipus’ life chronologically then they would see that Oedipus starts trying to protect his pride as a young man and continues even when he has no pride to hold on to, other than to just do what he said he was going to do....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Jocasta, Parent]

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Oedipus Rex By Sophocles : The King Of Thebes And Saved The People From The Sphinx

- To see or not to see!!!. I wanted to talk about the symbols that are in the play. How being able to see Oedipus thought that he knew everything and then after he learned he was not where close to knowing anything that all but at the beginning was merely an errant child. Oedipus Rex by Sophocles is a story about Oedipus Rex came to Thebes and saved the people from the sphinx. He was then crowned the king of Thebes and was given the Hand of Jocaste the wife of the former king Laios and then the wife of Oedipus shortly after he becomes king Thebes is cursed with disease, famine, women dyeing during birth and children being stillborn....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Jocasta]

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Oedipus The King And Antigone

- A tragic hero is shown in both the plays Oedipus the King and Antigone written by Sophocles. Oedipus and Antigone are both tragic heroes with many similarities and differences. Antigone, however is more of a true modern hero rather than an ancient Greek tragic hero. Oedipus is self-confident, intelligent, and strong willed. Ironically these are the very traits which bring about his tragic discovery. Antigone is a strong person and will not give into orders. She doesn 't care what happens to her because the most important thing to her is that she does what is the right thing to do hence her brother may have a good after life....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Jocasta, Oedipus the King]

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Fate And Free Will : Oedipus The King

- In Sophocles ' Oedipus the King, the themes of fate and free will are very strong throughout the play. Only one, however, brought about Oedipus ' downfall and death. Both points could be argued to great effect. In ancient Greece, fate was considered to be a rudimentary part of daily life. Every aspect of life depended and was based upon fate (Nagle 100). It is common belief to assume that mankind does indeed have free will and each individual can decide the outcome of his or her life. Fate and free will both decide the fate of Oedipus the King....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Jocasta, Sophocles]

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Sophocles ' Oedipus The King

- Well-known playwright, Sophocles, in his play, Oedipus the King, illustrates the stubbornness of King Oedipus in his quest to uncover the truth of his birth. Oedipus’s purpose was to show the power of fate and warn readers not to race blindly in search for ones deepest desires. Sophocles uses a serious tone in order to demonstrate to his readers the dangers of seeing the truth. The first demonstration in the play is when King Oedipus meets the priest, and Oedipus says, “I’ll do anything. I would be blind to misery not to pity my people kneeling at my feet” (lines 14-15)....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Jocasta, Sophocles]

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The Heroes Of ' Oedipus The King '

- Heroes of Old In Oedipus the King the character from which the play receives its name, Oedipus, is seen as a great hero of the people. He possesses traits which are commonly associated with those of a hero. He is powerful and virtuous but like any other human he has his downfalls. Oedipus is a very intelligent being, he knows this as he is the only one who was able to solve the riddle of the Sphinx and save Thebes from it. Even his name suggest how intelligent a person he may be as the word Oidai in Greek means I know....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Sophocles, Jocasta]

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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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Oedipus, King Of Thebes

- 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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Fate And Free Will : Oedipus The King Of Sophocles

- “Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another”. This quote by Napoleon Hill signifies that whatever we do or say will have an impact on the people around us. This also shows how fate and free will can tie into influence. Whether it be a higher power deciding your life for you or choices that people make. Fate means being influenced by a higher power to fulfill your fate. Where free will is defined as having a personal choice for your behavior....   [tags: Oedipus the King, Oedipus, Tiresias, Jocasta]

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Oedipus The King By Sophocles

- The play Oedipus the King by Sophocles is a drama of a heroic archetype struggling to find answers which creates many conflicts in the story which include man vs. man, man vs. himself, and man vs. supernatural. Oedipus, who is the King of Thebes is under pressure searching for who murdered King Laois. During his search the king must overcome many conflicts in order to find answers to the murder of King Laois and in the process uncovers more information about himself. Man vs. Man The entire man to man confrontation comes down to friendship and trust....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Jocasta, Creon]

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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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Oedipus : Innocent Or Guilty For His Acts

- The topic of Oedipus being innocent or guilty for his acts is contemplated amongst many. “Guilt is an internal punishment that feeds on itself, resulting in an individual to have an obsessive behavior”. In Oedipus Rex, Oedipus is on a search to take revenge for the murderer of King Laios; however, throughout the course of the play, Oedipus discovers that the assassin is himself, fulfilling his destiny. Through my eyes, Oedipus is innocent because he committed such acts unknowingly. He proves himself innocent through his continuous honor to himself, the Gods, and his people by seeking for the sole slayer, wanting to discover his true identity when his memory of his killing comes back, and by...   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Jocasta]

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Destructive Knowledge : Sophocles ' Oedipus Rex

- Destructive Knowledge Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex deals with the insatiable human need knowledge, most importantly the need for self-knowledge. In this case, the knowledge Oedipus craves will unknowingly and ultimately destroy him. He is so invested in figuring out why Thebes has fallen ill, who killed Laius, and where he comes from that he goes against the counseling of his wife, Creon, the servants, and the people of Thebes. At the beginning of the play, Oedipus 's only concern is why there is a sudden plague in the city of Thebes....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Jocasta]

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The Tragedy Of Oedipus The King

- 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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The Mystery Of Oedipus And Oedipus

- One great ruler and respected leader has finally come face to face with fate. Oedipus has realized that he has killed his father, married his mother and has children with the women who gave birth to him. His search for Laius` killer and who’s also the cause of the plague has brought him to discover that the terrifying truth that altered his life drastically. His search for the culprit has caused him to find out the truth, the truth about his identity, the truth that caused him to blind himself. Oedipus` journey of self-discovery provides the reader with the plays final message....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Tiresias, Jocasta]

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The Catastrophe Of Oedipus By Sophocles

- The Catastrophe of Oedipus In the play, Oedipus Tyrannus, Sophocles, illustrates how fate and free will could determine one 's destiny. Sophocles is a well-known tragedian who wrote more than one-hundred Greek dramas for Greek festivals. While his plays entertained countless people in Greek carnivals in his plays also made his intended audience to become acquainted with Athens’ government, social forms as well as its’ religion. In this play the main character, Oedipus, is represented as a man of sudden action, honest, and great insight....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Jocasta, Delphi]

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The Completion And Substance Of Oedipus Rex

- Thesis: The completion and substance of Oedipus Rex allows Oedipus to live grief-stricken throughout his successful search for justice. Hard truth is uncomfortable to deal with; some cope with it with the approach of denial and anger. Oedipus approaches his truth of Laius’s murder and Apollo’s prophecy with denial. In the beginning of the text, an explanation is presented of how Thebes must “drive out a killer” in order to purge the city of the plague (99). Oedipus sets on a quest that includes Tiresias’s baffling words....   [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 A Greek Tragedy Written By Socrates

- King Oedipus is a Greek tragedy written by Socrates in the Fifth Century BC. It is based on the myth of Oedipus, which was well known among the intended audience. The most notable aspect of the play is Oedipus’s reversal of fate. He begins the play as a king who has won the throne through an act of heroism, and considered the highest among men due to his superior intellect. King Oedipus opens with the people asking for him to deal with the pollution that has covered the city. This pollution has caused crops to die, women to give birth to stillborn children, and a plague....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Jocasta]

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Oedipus Rex, The Power Of Athens

- Mēdén Agan Carved into the temple Delphi in Greece is the phrase, “mēdén ágan” which means “nothing in excess.” The ancient Greeks had a firm belief in moderation. They thought that if there was an extravagant amount of a particular aspect or quality in one’s life, consequences would ensue. In the play Oedipus Rex Sophocles expresses this philosophy of “nothing in excess” by depicting the negative effects and the ultimate downfall of people who don 't live in a moderate state. While Sophocles was writing “Oedipus Rex,” the power of Athens was diminishing....   [tags: Oedipus the King, Oedipus, Jocasta, Sophocles]

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Oedipus Rex Is A Greek Play Written By Sophocles

- Oedipus Rex is a Greek play written by Sophocles. The play is set in Thebes; Thebes is infected with a plague that is killing its crops and unborn children. This plague is caused by the prophecy. The prophecy states that Oedipus would kill his father and wed his mother. Laius threw out Oedipus when he was a baby to avoid this fate, but he failed because Oedipus was not killed. Oedipus was raised as a prince in Corinth. One day he was told the prophecy and feared that he would kill his father Polybus....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Jocasta, Sophocles]

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The Tragic Hero Of Oedipus Rex

- Tragedy; it’s inevitable. In life, everyone is bound to experience a rough time. These rough times and flaws are what test a hero and build character. Someone experiencing hard times transforms an average person and his mistakes into something remarkable and heroic. What characteristics make him a tragic hero rather than just an ordinary person. A hero is a person who is admired for courageous acts, noble qualities and outstanding achievements. Despite possessing the same qualities as an ordinary hero, a tragic hero, who is born a noble birth and usually male, has a fatal flaw that ultimately leads to his ruin....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Jocasta, Sophocles]

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The Tragic Hero Of Oedipus Rex

- Tragedy; it’s inevitable. In life, everyone is bound to experience a rough time. These rough times and flaws are what test a hero and build character. Someone experiencing hard times transforms an average person and his mistakes into something remarkable and heroic. What characteristics make a him a tragic hero rather than just an ordinary person. A hero is a person who is admired for courageous acts, noble qualities and outstanding achievements. Despite possessing the same qualities as an ordinary hero, a tragic hero, who is born a noble birth and usually male, has a fatal flaw that ultimately leads to his ruin....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Jocasta, Sophocles]

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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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The Tragedy Of Sophocles ' Oedipus Rex '

- Throughout the beginning of history and religion fate had always been controlled by a higher power who had then have it to a prophet to then give it to the reciprocal the gods had been trying to reach. In the play “Oedipus Rex” by Sophocles the characters though having a horrible destiny where not in control of it, seeing as how their fate was beyond their control. If they had been in control then they would have choosen a different destiny. This play shows how the characters suffered for unintentionally committing their sins, proving that their crimes do not match their disproportionate punishment....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Jocasta, Sophocles]

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Oedipus Rex As A Reader Response Criticism

- As a reader that is using the Reader-Response Criticism, the production of different responses of the text of Oedipus Rex is always different for each reader. The reader needs to examine the words thoroughly in their mind to come to an arguable conclusion. Oedipus has no fault in the actions that he did because he did not know at the moment, but how he tried to resolve things was not the way to go. The feeling I felt while reading the play is pure shock and hatred because of his actions, but he wouldn’t have done those things if he had known the truth....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Jocasta, Mind]

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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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Comparing Dante 's Inferno And Oedipus Rex

- Characters in literature who exhibit pride or live as a voice of reason, often share certain characteristics between each other. Prideful characters often allow their pride to influence their actions, while voices of reason advise the lead character, hoping that the lead character will listen to them. Dante’s Inferno and Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex share similarities through their lead characters, Dante (the pilgrim) from Dante’s Inferno and Oedipus from Oedipus Rex, as well as through their voices of reason, Virgil from Dante’s Inferno and Creon from Oedipus Rex Both Dante and Oedipus give in to their pride however, Dante does not give in to his pride like Oedipus does and refrains from making...   [tags: Sophocles, Oedipus, Oedipus the King, 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

- Throughout this semester, we have come upon two playwrights and one novel, and even though they have different plots, they live a life where society is patriarchy. Back in the day, literature had feminists writers who believed society should be patriarchy and not equally. Women had no rights back then until the 1840’s. They were not allowed to write. Until, the “Women’s Rights Movement” was passed, and women became writers from many different races and published hundreds of novels, short stories, playwrights, and essays....   [tags: Oedipus, Jocasta, Oedipus the King, Woman]

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The Tragic Tragedy Of Sophocles ' Oedipus Rex '

- The Oedipus is essentially a tragic analysis. Everything is already there, so it needs only to be extricated. Schiller to Goethe, 1797 We all know that Oedipus killed his father and slept with his mother, and that when he discovered who he had killed and who he had married, he blinded himself. But Sophocles’ tragedy Oedipus Rex does not show us the killing or the wedding. It shows us only the process by which Oedipus discovers “who he is” and it then reports two actions consequent upon that discovery: Oedipus’ mother/wife Jocasta hangs herself and Oedipus stabs out his eyes....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Sigmund Freud, Jocasta]

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Fate : Fate And Fate

- In Oedipus Rex, fate is something that unavoidably befalls two characters. 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. When he confirms through two messengers and an oracle that he is destined to marry his mother and kill his father, he completely panics....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Jocasta, Ismene]

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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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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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The World History

- It is said history repeats itself and everyone in one way or another can agree with this statement. When looking back throughout world history, it is clear to see that wars, plagues, and many other crises have put their mark on the world. These can be both man-made and naturally caused ones. Even at this present time, the twenty-first century, humanity is still faced with many of these same crises experienced since the beginning of mankind. With all these problems and more facing all of humanity, the human race has been working to better their conditions for centuries....   [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

- In Antigone, we have Antigone who is a very determined yet disobedient girl. She goes against the King Creon’s rules to bury her brother and when confronted and punished decides to kill herself. Her death led to main tragedy as her husband and mother in law both commit suicide hence leaving the King in distress and pain. Even though the story line in Antigone is very different from that of Oedipus the King, the two plays do mirror each other in a vast number of aspects. The kings, Creon and Oedipus’ desire to do right despite being warned ultimately led both of them to their doom....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Jocasta, Creon]

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Oedipus The King : A Tragic Hero

- Considered by Aristotle as the perfect example of tragedy, Sophocles’ Oedipus the King is an Athenian play that follows the undoing of a Theban king by the name of Oedipus. The play presents a question Oedipus himself cannot answer: is it the man’s actions or is it the gods’ decisions that control the man’s destiny. Perhaps the answer is both man and god, but it is the man’s imperfections that determine what fate the gods will give him. While there is no direct proof that gods control everything in a man, from his dreams to his choices, Oedipus still proves that no matter how renowned a man is, that man’s weaknesses will determine his success or his failure....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Greek mythology, Jocasta]

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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

- Although Incendies (2010), filmed by Denis Villeneuve, is the rewrite of Sophocles’ play, Oedipus The King, these two stories have their own variations in them. Both of their narratives are surrounding with the same concept: nobody could escape from their family’s history, which it has some tragedy outcomes and violence as the characters’ journey begin. Each character from Oedipus Tyrannus and Incendies responds differently obtaining knowledge about their past, and the closure of these two stories are completely diverse....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Sophocles]

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Oedipus The King : A Greek Play

- Oedipus the King Oedipus the King is a popular Greek play also known by its Latin title Oedipus Rex. Oedipus was written by Sophocles and was first performed in 429 BC. Over the thousands of years since its publication, Oedipus the King has been reviewed and analyzed by several renowned scholars who have all conceded that it is one of the best tragic drama pieces that draw their descent from ancient Greece (Rao, Wolf and Sophocles). This paper is a critical review of the ideas that the author of this drama had in mind as he was writing it....   [tags: Oedipus the King, Oedipus, Sophocles, Tragedy]

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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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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

- Sophocles, the author of “Oedipus the King” led individuals such as Freud to critically analyze this play specifically for its psychological content. Freud utilized this play to expand his dream analysis research as well as the inspiration of the infamous “Oedipus Complex.” Oedipus operates under freewill, yet his fate has been determined by the Gods although the end result may require a winding path of less than obvious events that occur to achieve the prophecy. The supporting roles in “Oedipus the King” truly exploit the protagonist, Oedipus, and his character flaws....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Sigmund Freud]

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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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Oedipus The King : Fate Vs Free Will

- In Oedipus the King, one of Sophocles most popular plays, Sophocles depicts that fate will control the journey of a man’s life through free will. In today’s society, people let their life’s to be controlled by certain believes they strongly abide. Throughout Oedipus the King, the concepts of fate versus free will plays a crucial role in Oedipus’s life. Oedipus personality causes him misfortunes through his downfall by continuously denying accepting his own fate, as his temper took a major tool on him, and the rational choices he made....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Delphi, Tiresias]

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Oedipus The King, Tiresias, The Blind Prophet

- 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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The Tragedy Of William Shakespeare 's ' Oedipus The King '

- The two plays are written by third person point of view. The play is told by someone else as what is happening. In these two plays tragedy seem to end up happening no matter what. It all seemed to be led to a tragic ending. In Oedipus the King, Oedipus seemed to run away from his problems he had left the village for a while. For some reason Oedipus the king decided that he wanted to come back and find the truth about himself. Tiresias was the one that told the truth to Oedipus. Oedipus felt so much hate towards his mother Jocasta because she had not been with him all his life....   [tags: Oedipus the King, Oedipus, Hamlet]

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Oedipus The King, Oedipus, And The Tragic Events Of His Life

- 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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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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Rex Conflicts And Ironies Of Sophocles ' Oedipus The King

- OedipuOedipus Rex Conflicts And Ironies The playwright Sophocles wrote one hundred and twenty-three plays throughout his lifetime, his most famous being “Oedipus Rex” also known by other titles such as “Oedipus Tyrannus” or “Oedipus The King”. Sophocles ' plays often involve the downfall of the protagonist, and this is no exception. The play tells the tale of King Oedipus of Thebes, a man prophesied as doomed by the gods. His name alone is a hint at his fate, translating to “swollen foot” as his feet were bound and broken at birth when his father left him to die....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Greek mythology]

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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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Oedipus The King Is A Drama Full Of Incest, Pride, And The Wrath Of The Gods

- Oedipus the King is a drama full of incest, pride, and the wrath of the gods. It is a story that has been read and performed for centuries, and the compelling characters written by the dramatist, Sophocles, have a lot to do with that. One of those dynamic characters is Jocasta, Queen of Thebes, wife and mother to the play’s protagonist, King Oedipus of Thebes. She is persuasive, level-headed, protective of her family, and exemplifies the confident nobility of a royal woman; Jocasta has many layers to her personality, and her purpose is to be the common ground and voice of reason during hardships in her family....   [tags: Oedipus the King, Oedipus, Marriage, Creon]

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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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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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Analysis Of Oedipus ' Oedipus The King '

- Think of the biggest piece of drama a family member or friend of yours has ever told you. Maybe it was something that shocked you because of its audacity. Did that tidbit of perplexing information make you think differently about said person of thing. Knowing something so shock can often alter our vision as to how we see people, usually based on what we know or have heard of their past. All of the movies that have ever been produced in all of Hollywood, or plays that have been acted out on Broadway combined cannot even approach the perplexity and subtle hint of just plain ignorance of Oedipus in the play....   [tags: Oedipus, Sphinx, Oedipus the King, KILL]

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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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