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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 Of Oedipus And The Priest

- ... Oedipus tells Tiresias to leave, and is more confused than ever. Oedipus starts to believe that Creon is trying to overrule him because he is the one that brought the prophet to him. Oedipus thinks that Creon is the one that killed the king and also wants to steal Oedipus’s crown and power. Creon thinks that Oedipus is going insane because he cannot believe that he would think that. Oedipus wants to kill Creon, but Creon and the leader try to calm him down. In the middle of the play, Jocasta (the queen of Thebes/wife of Oedipus) enters the room....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Parent, 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 : Oedipus

- ... In this case with Oedipus it wasn’t like that. He seems like he is in more pain being blind. Without eye sight there is a lot of things you cannot do. In the beginning Oedipus was seen as someone that people looked up to because he is the ruler of Thebes. Oedipus states, “What good were eyes to me. Nothing I could see could bring me joy”. This quote is a good quote as how Oedipus felt about knowing the truth. When able to see eyes are not worth viewing sorrow in people’s eyes. Nothing that he would be seeing will make him happy because the sins he did killed him inside....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Creon, Jocasta]

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The Tragic Downfall Of Oedipus The King

- ... While Gould argued that he is innocent to a certain degree, but in the end he brought everything upon himself. On the other hand, some scholars which include Edwin Carawan, P. H. Vellacott argue that Oedipus is guilty. Carawan claims that Oedipus is ignorant to certain situations but ignorance does not justify his actions , while Vellacott claims that fate is involved, but he ultimately had a choice, and his actions lead him . Contrary to those scholars who claim that Oedipus is innocent, I would like to put forward a closer analysis of the evidence of the play shows he is guilty....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, 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

- ... The priest states “ You saved us from the Sphinx; that flinty singer and the tribute we paid to her so long; yet you were never better informed that we, nor could we teach you”(Sophocles, Prologue, 36). Without doubt, this was the doing of the Oracle because Tiresias, who is well-known for his intelligence could not solve the riddle, but a man like Oedipus who is not that intelligent could. Solving the Sphinx’s riddle made Oedipus king and he unknowingly marries his mother. Not only does the oracle bring about Oedipus’s downfall by contributing 50%, the shepherd is also the second culprit....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Jocasta]

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Oedipus The King By Sophocles

- ... Without the oracle, Oedipus will be raised by his birth parents, Jocasta and Laius. If Laius does not believe the oracle, maybe Oedipus will not kill him and defiled his wife eventually. “Sometimes ethics is a matter of knowing how to bear oneself in the face of something one can do nothing about. If, for instance, Laius and Jocasta had decided that they would conduct themselves as good parents rather than committing violence to try and avert the envisaged wrong, then the story would not have gone as it did”(Hankey)....   [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 Rex By Sophocles : The King Of Thebes And Saved The People From The Sphinx

- ... Oedipus couldn’t believe it and thought that Creon and Teiresias are plotting against him to steal the throne so Creon can rule. After talking with Creon again Oedipus wife Jocasta comes to tell him not to worry about what the oracle or the prophet has said to him that none of it could be true. She tells Oedipus that the oracle once told King Laios that his son would kill his father and take his own mother as his wife. He realizes this sounds familiar and asks to hear more. She then tells him about how the old king was killed at a three way cross roads just before Oedipus got to Thebes, He tells his wife that he may have been the one to murder....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, 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 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

- ... Tiresias tells the audience, without Oedipus hearing, “Blind who now has eyes, beggar who is now rich, he will gripe his way toward a foreign soil, a stick tapping before him step by step” (lines 517-519). Tiresias is responsible for some foreshadowing of Oedipus’ future here, and how his inability to see the truth now will hurt him in the end. Also, Tiresias touches on the fact that when Oedipus sees the truth, he will lose all of his possessions and not be in a familiar territory. As the story continues, even the people surrounding Oedipus begin to see the dangers in Oedipus revealing the truth....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Jocasta, Sophocles]

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The Heroes Of ' Oedipus The King '

- ... The Greeks were intelligent people and they were proud of it. Multiple time throughout history they have found way to manipulate or have created a new weapon or device to destroy their enemies. Oedipus is very proud of his intelligence and throughout the play he is seen as one who can be arrogant to the truth, but he also does everything he can to uncover knowledge which is hidden from him. Oedipus is truly a hero because he will do anything to get justice for the wrongs that have happened in his city....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Sophocles, Jocasta]

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Oedipus The King : Blindness

- ... Oedipus: What are you saying—Polybus was not my father. Messenger: No more than I am. He and I are equals” (lines 1113- 1115). This quote once again shows Oedipus blindness and the problem of who his birth parents truly are. He leaves after hearing the prophecy not wanting to slay who he believes to be his father and mother. On his travels he kills his true father on the way to Thebes and being once again blind to the fact that it is King Laius. Oedipus: “You said thieves—he told you a whole band of them murdered Laius....   [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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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

- ... Furthermore, Teiresias fills Oedipus’s head with what Oedipus thinks is false but is the sole truth. He brings up facts about the murderer killing his father, marrying his mother and having kids with her is right in the city of Thebes. Teiresias’s accusations angers Oedipus because he believes he is talking nonsense and comes to a conclusion that Teiresias and Creon are the real ruin. However, Oedipus is unaware that Teiresias is more powerful than a “…sightless, witless, senseless, man old man!” (1317; 1.153), as the Gods work through him....   [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

- ... Although the argument can be made that a King being a good leader must move cautiously, he becomes paranoid of his most trustable men such as Creon. As his brother in law tries to reason with Oedipus, he replies. "No, I want you dead". Arrogance is further shown when he questions the king on the possibility of him being wrong, which he responds with “No matter – I must rule.” This exemplifies his arrogant behavior, as he dismisses his faults. The idea of Jocasta piecing the prophecies truth contrasts from Oedipus, who still fails to put two and two together is another example of the king subjecting to blindness....   [tags: Oedipus, Tragic hero, Oedipus the King, Jocasta]

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The Mystery Of Oedipus And Oedipus

- ... After that part Oedipus’s investigation takes a turn to find truth about where he came from and his identity. In the beginning of the play Oedipus is shown as a king who the people of Thebes blindly trust .He is shown enjoying the respect and luxuries of a king. The people of Thebes believe that Oedipus is the only person who can unravel the mystery of the plague (Laius killer). As Oedipus’ investigation advances, the audience quickly learns about the prophecy created at his birth and Munaf 2 the reasons of his flight from Corinth....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Tiresias, Jocasta]

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The Catastrophe Of Oedipus By Sophocles

- ... However, the Delphic oracle had prophesied that Oedipus would kill his father and marry his mother. In order to avoid this fate Oedipus made the decision to leave Corinth and travel to Thebes. The play opens with the city of Thebes stricken by a plague and its citizens begging Oedipus to find a solution, Oedipus however was already ahead of them, as he has sent Creon to the Delphi for advice. This illustrates one of the qualities that make Oedipus an admirable leader. The rising action of this play occurred when Creon returned from the oracle with the news that the plague in Thebes will end when the murder of Laius, the King of Thebes before Oedipus, is found and driven out of Thebes....   [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 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

- ... Even though he was king, he honored the punishment and exiled himself from Thebes. The New Testament states that honor in women meant positive shame. Positive shame is the sensitivity of one 's own reputation. A shameless person is considered a dishonorable woman. Women have to be ashamed and remain shy to avoid human contacts that might expose her to dishonor. (Malina 50) This value can be seen in Jocasta. She feels ashamed when she finds out that her husband Oedipus turned out to be her son....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Jocasta, Sophocles]

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The Tragic Hero Of Oedipus Rex

- ... 160). With these troubles, the people of Thebes did not care, or have time to, track down the murderer of their past king. Thus bringing the wrath of the angry Gods, due to the fact they did not put forth effort to find the murder. The gods wrath brought forth, “a blight is on the fruitful plants of the earth. A blight is on the cattle in the fields, a blight is on our women that no children are born to them,” (“Oedipus Rex” II. 26-29). Along with these retributions, the men, women, and children of Thebes were now cursed with the deadly plague that swept across their town....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Jocasta, Sophocles]

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Oedipus The True State Of Thebes

- ... When Jocasta tells Oedipus of a similar prophecy given to Laius, that her son would grow up to kill his father, and she explained that he was murdered at the “triple crossroad,” it makes Oedipus question his past. After seeking help and getting in an argument with Tiresias about who killed Laius and is the cause of the plague, Tiresias reveals that in his prophetic visions, it was Oedipus who killed the former King Laius. Although Oedipus demonstrates self-control and has done his best to ignore the prophetic visions which haunt him, he eventually comes to the realization that there might be some truth to them....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Sophocles, Jocasta]

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The Tragedy Of Sophocles ' Oedipus Rex '

- ... Though it is true that “…when wisdom brings no profit, [t]o be wise is to suffer.”(Sophocles 323-324), Oedipus has suffered far to greatly. It is clear that “Apollo, has laid this agony upon [Oedipus]”(Sophocles, 1342-1343), for no reason, since it had been clear throughout the whole play that he was ignorant to his sins. The gods had punished Oedipus for following the path that they had laid out for him. “…[Oedipus] never saw, [n]or knew what he did when he became [his kids] father.”(Sophocles, 1485-1486)....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Jocasta, Sophocles]

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Oedipus Rex As A Reader Response Criticism

- ... His leadership skills lacked from other kings because of the way he talked to the people of Thebes. He was under pressure from everything that was happening, but as a king he should have put the people first instead of the situation. If he had not of made his people go through the interrogation and madness, I would of thought differently of him in a positive way. Personally I think Oedipus was a good king that was responsible, but as time passed and he started to make his main concern about his past, my perspective towards him changed....   [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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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 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

- 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

- ... / Now, Oedipus great and glorious . . . / Save our city, and keep her safe for ever” (26). The priest’s speech proves just how much respect the Thebans have for Oedipus, desiring for him to rule for eternity on top of the fifteen years Oedipus has already been ruling. It also shows how it is Oedipus and not a warrior nor clairvoyant that solves the sphinx’s riddle. In essence, Oedipus manages to do something no one else could, thus making him a Theban hero, which is an honourable title on its own....   [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

- ... Further, the descriptions that Jocasta gives about Lauis fully match those of the man that Oedipus had killed. As the play nears its conclusion, Oedipus the King confirms that he indeed killed his father and married his mother. Upon this confirmation, Jocasta hangs herself. A clearly angry and violent Oedipus, who has still not known that Jocasta is already dead, resolves to kill Jocasta by his sword. Searching her all over the room, Oedipus finally stumbles on her dead body in their bedroom....   [tags: Oedipus the King, Oedipus, Sophocles, Tragedy]

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The Case Of Oedipus The King

- ... Therefore, when the people plead for their suffering to disappear, Oedipus must do something. At this point, Creon tells Oedipus that the people suffer from the plague because of the murder of King Laius and the resulting religious pollution. The first task in finding the murderer stands that Oedipus meet with Teiresias, a blind prophet/seer. However, Oedipus, impeded by his ignorant behavior, questions the prophet in an arrogant way. He demands of Teiresias, “Was it at home, or in the field, or else / In some strange land that Laius met his doom” (Sophocles 118-9)....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Tragedy, Sophocles]

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Oedipus The King, By Sophocles

- ... Oedipus continued on his journey and on his way answered a complex riddle of the evil Sphinx. Oedipus then ended up becoming the King of Thebes. In this kingdom and no knowledge of the truth, Oedipus married Jocasta. Oedipus had officially lived out the prophecy without even knowing he had. As the kingdom of Thebes fell onto bad times, a prophet put the b lame on a polluter of the lands. As Oedipus searched further and further he called on Tiresias who revealed to him that the polluter was the king, soon then Oedipus came to discover the truth that he was the polluter and that the prophecy had come true because Tiresias said to him, “All unknowing you are the scourge of your own flesh an...   [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

- ... This seals his fate, as Oedipus has now killed his father and married his mother. Once he learns of the truth, he blinds himself and goes into exile. Oedipus tell the people of Thebes that he blinds himself because he found out that Jocasta is his mother and the man he killed long ago was Laius, Oedipus father. He then realizes he had killed his father and married his mother. Talking to himself, Oedipus says, “You, you’ll see no more the pain I suffered, all the pain I caused. Too long you looked on the ones you never should have seen; blind to the ones you longed to see, to know....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Delphi, Tiresias]

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

- ... The kids with Jocasta ended up being his own sons and brothers because Jocasta is his mother. Jocasta is the dead’s king wife. His thoughts were that by doing that he would be taking the place of the son of Laius. Oedipus did not know at that time that the son was actually him. When Oedipus found out the truth he felt so much anger towards Jocasta. The truth comes out when Oedipus ends up calling the prophet named Tiresias to help him find out the murder of Laius. He as well wanted to find the cure for the plague....   [tags: Oedipus the King, Oedipus, Hamlet]

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

- ... Oedipus says, “…I Oedipus whom all men call the Great,” in his first speech. You can tell from the beginning moments of the play that Oedipus does not possess a down to earth type of personality. Oedipus also thinks that he is an amazing king, however, he does not know that he is the cause of all the trouble that his kingdom is facing right now. When the Priest talks to Oedipus, he talks to him with respect and pride in his king but Oedipus talks to the Priest as if he is the dirt beneath his feet....   [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

- ... Once a plague strikes the city, it is revealed that the murderer must be exiled or killed for it to be lifted. After he is accused, Oedipus wonders if Tiresias was correct and if he actually had killed Laius. Even with Jocasta 's attempt to comfort him, he continues to doubt and seek out the truth. There are also verbal conflicts in “Oedipus Rex” one of which being betwixt Oedipus and Tiresias. Upon summoning the blind prophet for assistance with discovering Laius ' murderer, Oedipus feels enraged that he will not tell what he knows and the two begin hurling insults and accusations at each other....   [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

- ... The respect Oedipus has for her is evident when he tells her, “I honor you more than I honor them” (line 756), referring to the crowd around them. This is a woman who literally commands to be held to the same level of respect as her husband; she has been in royalty longer than he has, after all. Similarly, Jocasta is incredibly defensive of her relatives. Her motivation in the play, overall, is to be a supportive and level-headed mediator between the members of her royal family. After Oedipus threatens to kill Creon, believing him to be a traitor who is after the crown, Jocasta puts her foot down: “I beg of you, Oedipus, trust him on this, spare him for the sake of this his oath to God,...   [tags: Oedipus the King, Oedipus, Marriage, Creon]

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

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

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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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Analysis Of Oedipus ' Oedipus The King '

- ... Now that he knows the truth you would think that he would do everything that he could, such as move away from his parents so he leaves his adopted parents still not know who his true parents are. This is an example of Oedipus’s unknown ignorance. This is his first step towards fulfilling the prophecy without actually knowing so. Ignorance is defined as a lack of knowledge, education, or awareness and I cannot think of on better word to describe his life, beginning from this first move away (so he thinks) from his fate....   [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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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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Oedipus As A Good Leader

- ... Creon says "By banishing a man, or by bloodshed in quittance, since it is the blood which belong which brings the tempest on our city." (Prologue) At which Oedipus exclaims "For whoever was the slayer of Laius might wish to take vengeance on me also with a hand as fierce." In the first scene Oedipus asks the citizens of Thebes if they know anything about Laius ' murderer to speak up and they will not receive harsh punishment but a possible reward. He also assures them that he will find the killer and bring them justice....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Delphi]

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The Tragedy Of Oedipus The King

- ... Oedipus and his advisors seek the help of Tiresias, but when confronted with a bitter truth, Oedipus, enraged, says “You can’t hurt me, you night-hatched thing. Me or any man who lives in light”(22). Oedipus detracts from predictions of Tiresias, flaunting his false sentiment of authority. Tiresias deflects Oedipus’ slander, dictating his defamation will only be reflected on Thebes. Furthermore, Oedipus declares Tiresias as a “night-hatched thing,” pointing to the prophet’s blindness; however, Tiresias can “see” the truth without physical sight, while Oedipus, who possesses physical sight, cannot see the reality of his actions....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Greek mythology]

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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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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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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 '

- What does it mean to have free will. From my perspective it is the ability to make your own decisions when confronted with problems in order to have an outcome you desire. According to dictionary.com it is “the doctrine that the conduct of human being expresses personal choice and is not simply determined by physical or divine forces.” Even with humans being capable of choosing their own destiny, is it possible to over come fate no matter how hard you try. There is a theory of life that is summarized as everything happens for a reason because that is your destiny....   [tags: Oedipus the King, Oedipus, Choice, God]

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Oedipus The King, By Sophocles

- ... Oedipus displays stubbornness during this conversation because of his denial of the situation. It is made clear the Oedipus is blind from the truth, however, it is his denial of the truth that ultimately causes his stubbornness. It can be assumed that Oedipus will still attempt to change his fate because of his disbelief in his fate. Although Oedipus will try to prevent his fate from coming true, one can clearly acknowledge it will be leading Oedipus to his downfall. Support Paragraph 2: To the people of the ancient Greek culture, fate is much stronger than any man could be....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Tiresias]

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Sophocles ' Oedipus The King

- ... Tiresias is a prophet, obtained to tell the truth. It is he who controls Oedipus’ fate. Up until the entrance of Tiresias, Oedipus is only really concerned by chance and free will largely due to the fact of how skeptical Jocasta is about the entire concept of fortune telling saying how “chance rules our lives, not a man alive can see the day ahead”. Tiresias represents the polar opposite of that when he arrives by Oedipus’ command to share his knowledge of the plague in Thebes. He says how “what will come will come” which is Tiresias suggesting that no matter what you choose to do your fate will always come to pass....   [tags: Oedipus the King, Oedipus]

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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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