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Significance of the Women in Oedipus Rex

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

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Oedipus Rex – The Women

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

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Women in Oedipus Rex

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

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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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Sophocles ' The King, And Oedipus At Colonus

- Did you know. Sophocles was the most awarded writer in dramatic competitions in the city of Ancient Athens. One of Sophocles significant play was Antigone. Antigone was an overriding tragedy written around 442 B.C. The play primarily focuses on the power of the state and individual moral sense, and feminism which was a huge issue in Ancient Greece during that time. Although, it was not Sophocles intentions to make a trilogy of Oedipus, it is the third of the Three Theban plays following Oedipus the King, and Oedipus at Colonus....   [tags: Sophocles, Oedipus, Oedipus at Colonus]

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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 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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Review Of ' Oedipus The King '

- Ancient literatures are known for having intriguing poetry, drama and also comedy that are still remembered and studied nowadays. The Most recurring themes in the works of ancient literature are lamentation, hubris and predestination. The first recurring or common theme in ancient literature is lamentation. Lamentation can be found in some of these early literatures. What is lamentation. According to the dictionary, lamentation is the act of lamenting or expressing grief (Dictionary.com). In the ancient Literature Oedipus the king, lamentation was present a few times in this interesting story....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Jesus, Bible]

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Oedipus The King Is A Greek Tragedy

- Oedipus the King is a Greek tragedy written by Sophocles around five-hundred BC. The play is set in the royal house of Thebes and is about how King Oedipus, who is portrayed as a reasonable and respected ruler by the citizens of Thebes, is trying to find out the answers to the murder of the previous King, Laius. The citizens are dying from a plague that has inhabited the city with no end in sight. King Oedipus sends his brother-in-law, Creon, to the city of Delphi, where Apollo the Prophet’s oracle is located, to find out how to help the city....   [tags: Oedipus, Tragedy, Sophocles, Oedipus the King]

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Oedipus The King, Innocence And Guilt

- In perhaps one of the most well known stories in the Western world, Oedipus the King, innocence and guilt are two of the most discussed aspects. The implications surrounding the guilt or innocence of Oedipus can not only be applied to this play, but to almost all stories told throughout the Western tradition. Within Oedipus the King, no one character carries the guilt of the events in the play, rather it is a culmination of humans trying to avoid their fate that create a paradox of individuals who are all at once guilty and innocent, with the different acts of individuals ultimately bringing about the fate that Oedipus suffers....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Greek mythology]

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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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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 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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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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Oedipus the King: Unrealistic or Realistic

- Oedipus Rex – Unrealistic or Realistic                Let’s explore the traces of realsim and its opposite in Sophocles’ tragedy, Oedipus Rex.   The first obvious question is: How can this drama possibly be considered realistic since it relies so heavily on predetermination and fate in the life of the protagonist, Oedipus. As Jocasta recounts to Oedipus:   An oracle Once came to Laius (I will not say 'Twas from the Delphic god himself, but from His ministers) declaring he was doomed To perish by the hand of his own son, A child that should be born to him by me....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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Characterization in Oedipus the King

- Characterization in Oedipus Rex              The dialogue, action and motivation revolve about the characters in the story (Abrams 32-33). It is the purpose of this essay to demonstrate the types of characters present in Sophocles’ tragic drama, Oedipus Rex, whether static or dynamic, whether flat or round, and whether protrayed through showing or telling.   Werner Jaeger in “Sophocles’ Mastery of Character Development” pays the dramatist the very highest compliment with regard to character development:   The ineffaceable impression which Sophocles makes on us today and his imperishable position in the literature of the world are both due to his character-drawing....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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The Conflict Between Antigone And Creon, King Of Thebes, And The Struggle Between Men And Women

- Male-dominated societies have existed for ages especially during the time of Ancient Greece. Sophocles’ work Antigone illustrates women in a more capable and strong manner with the ability of making wise, and often more moral, decisions. Antigone is the main character who breaks the stereotypes of weak and subordinate positions in society. Antigone is willing to sacrifice her own life rebelling against the patriarchal society in which she is captive to provide a proper burial for her brother. The clash between Antigone and Creon, King of Thebes, symbolizes the struggle between men and women....   [tags: Gender role, Gender, Oedipus, Sophocles]

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Oedipus the King: Characterization

- Oedipus Rex – Characterization                This essay will illustrate the types of characters depicted in Sophocles’ tragic drama, Oedipus Rex, whether static or dynamic, flat or round, and whether protrayed through the showing or telling technique.   Seth Benardete in “Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannus” portrays the protagonist in just one dimension of his well-rounded character, that of a suffering soul:   Everyone else is ill, but no one is as ill as Oedipus, for all the rest suffer individually, while he alone suffers collectively....   [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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The 1st Stasimon in Sophocles’ Play, Oedipus the King

- The 1st Stasimon in Sophocles’ Play, Oedipus the King The 1st Stasimon in Sophocles’ play ‘Oedipus the King’ is mainly showing the Chorus’ confusion in regards to Tiresias’ accusations made towards Oedipus. The Chorus seem terrified and powerless, and, like Oedipus, do not want to believe the accusations. They feel that the gods know the truth, yet will not reveal it, thus feeling as though the gods are of no real help. There are many issues and techniques to be discussed in regards to the 1st Stasimon, one of these being the significance of the section....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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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 As A Real Human Tragedy

- There is overwhelming evidence corroborating the notion that the perplexity as well as bewilderment underlying man’s destiny along with his deeds is what may qualify Sophocles “Oedipus” as a real human tragedy in the sense that the whole story is about mysterious and enigmatic inquiries about truth as well as human tragedy. As the story unfolds, a whole cast of puzzling characters is introduced in a gradual sequence stressing the degree of the complexity of the tangled events. In this respect, Oedipus discovers the death of the king of Thebes Laius; whose murderer he will know towards the end of the play....   [tags: Oedipus, Tragedy, Oedipus the King, Tiresias]

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Oedipus the King: The Hubris of Oedipus

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

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Oedipus the King and Oedipus Complex

- Oedipus Rex, is a Sophocles play, that according to Freud exemplifies a formative stage in a individuals psychosexual development. The psychosexual stages are the age related developmental periods in which sexual impulses are exerted through different bodily zones and then activities are associated with those areas in the bodily zones. These is when a young child will transfer his love object from the breast to the mother. When the child gives up the breast and moves to the mother it is known as the oral phase....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles]

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Oedipus the King: The Guilt of Oedipus

- Oedipus is guilty because, despite knowing the prophecy that he will commit parricide and incest, he yet kills an elderly gentleman and sleeps with an elderly women. The choice was his, and this accounts for his guilt. This is implausible because, at the time he killed the old man (his father) he had no idea of the prophecy that foreseen this happening. Even if he would have known about the Gods saying that he would do these things, it wouldn't have made much of a difference. For Oedipus thought his parents were different than who they really were....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, 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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Oedipus the King: Oedipus's Submission to the Gods

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

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The Women Of The King

- Gender roles have always had a major impact on society. For males, it is more acceptable to do what one wants without being judged, but for females, society will always try to find something to criticize. For many years, women have fought to obtain civil rights, a fight that continues even today. The roles of women have been reflected on within literature and may be used to show the evolution of the rights -- as well as roles -- of women throughout history. Told through the character Jocasta, an Ancient Greek tragedy called, “Oedipus the King”, was written in the year 430 B.C....   [tags: Gender, Sophocles, Marriage, Gender role]

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The Arrogance and Hubris of Oedipus and Creon

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

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Oedipus Rex as Social Commentary

- Oedipus Rex as Social Commentary Oedipus Rex, written by the Poet Sophocles in the Golden Age of Greek Theatre, was described by Aristotle to be the greatest tragedy of all time. It encapsulates the very essence of the Greek cultural milieu, and it is these ideologies which are translated into the play. The very essence of Greek society; the political democracy, a moral belief in the power of the Gods and social recognition of hierarchy, are portrayed when the society is pictured in a state of chaos....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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Freud, Incest, Murder, and Oedipus the King

- Freud, Incest, Murder, and Oedipus Rex (the King)      A Freudian analysis of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex (the King) would show that Oedipus truly contained an incestuous nature. This was revealed not only by Oedipus' marriage to his own mother, by whom he had children, but also by his irrational preference for his daughters, Antigone and Ismene. While the attention he showered to his daughters was profound and sexually tinged, he dismissed his sons as creatures able to take care of themselves. Although he was unconsciously attracted to his daughters, he also feared that his daughters will become social outcasts and will be unable to marry....   [tags: Oedipus Rex]

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Summary of Oedipus The Kings by Sophocles

- Summary of Oedipus The Kings by Sophocles Oedipus is in a series of tragic events throughout this play. A couple of days after Oedipus was born, he was left on a mountainside to die. The reason for this is because an oracle predicted that he will grow up to be the murderer of his father the King. Oedipus did not die as he should have, instead Oedipus was found and taken to the nearby city of Corinth. This is where Oedipus was adopted as the son of the King and Queen. Many years later, Oedipus seeks counsel from the same oracle that predicted his fate....   [tags: Greek Tragedy, Oedipus, Sophocles]

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The Tragedy Of Oedipus Rex By Sophocles

- In Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, it was said during class that the moment of catharsis was just after Oedipus realizes he is the one who killed his father. The class agreed that the reader was relieved when Oedipus came to comprehend that he was lying to himself the entire time because he was the one responsible for Laius’ death. Catharsis was defined as a moment or breath of relief. I do not agree with his moment of realization as the point where catharsis is reached. I believe that after he punishes himself as a result of his realization....   [tags: Oedipus, Jocasta, Parent, Sophocles]

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Horror and Self-punishment in Sophocles' Oedipus Rex

- Horror and Self-punishment in Sophocles' Oedipus Rex An ancient plate portraying Oedipus listening to the riddle of the Sphinx. Oedipus Rex is a play whose qualities of inscrutability and of pervasive irony quickly come to complicate any critical discussion. It is a play of transformations in which things change before our eyes as we watch; where meanings and implications seem to be half-glimpsed beneath the surface of the text only to vanish as we try to take them in; and where ironical resemblance and reflections abound to confuse our response....   [tags: Oedipus the King]

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Antigone and Oedipus by Sophocles

- “Antigone & Oedipus” By Sophocles are great stories of Tragedy and adversity. Creon, Oedipus and Antigone are truly engaged in struggle with reality, destiny and self-pity, for life. “Oedipus The King” is the tragic story of a man of a noble structure but is triggered by great tragedies and realities of him-self that shatter his existence. From the beginning of the story Oedipus is shown as a noble caring man. He is greatly worried about the plague in Thebes “but my spirit grieves for the city, for myself and all of you” he tells the priest and his people of Thebes, however He is also impetuous and suspicious of the motive of His friends; But these flaws may not be considered as a reason to...   [tags: Tragedy, Creon, Oedipus]

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The Stock Tragic Hero : Oedipus

- The Stock Tragic Hero: Oedipus We’ve discussed in class the qualities of a “tragic hero”. Illustrate that either Oedipus or Creon satisfies the requirements to meet the definition. Oedipus Rex, the ignorant king, a character created for the very purpose of being the epitome of a tragic hero. Bound and kicked out of his homeland as an infant; a force he could not control, driving his fate, taking away his free will. The character of Oedipus created by Sophocles around 430 BCE is the precedent for all tragic heroes created in the time after Oedipus’s sinful conception....   [tags: Oedipus, Tragic hero, Tragedy, Sophocles]

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Oedipus: Destiny and Fate

- Although it is widely alleged that destiny is by choice, there are a vast number of people who believed that it is by fate. Those who believed it is by choice follow the directions and guidance of their elders. For example, they will try to hold on to the values that their parents instilled in them and use them to guide their entire lives. Others who believed that destiny is by fate, believe that the outcome of their lives is determined by luck, and that no matter what they do or how careful they are, whatever has to happen to them must happen....   [tags: Oedipus, fate, free will]

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Oedipus the King

- Oedipus the King, written by Sophocles, is a tragic drama that portrays a great deal of irony. Oedipus, the protagonist, suffers serious misfortune that is significant in that the “misfortune is logically connected with the hero’s actions” (AbleMedia LLC). When the reader learns about the background of Greek culture and the life of Sophocles, this tragic drama is able to become more alive and valuable. It is important to familiarize oneself with the author because it allows for a greater connection to the dialogue presented....   [tags: Greek Literature]

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The Protagonist as Victim in Oedipus the King and Hamlet

- The Protagonist as Victim in Oedipus the King and Hamlet       In Sophocle's Oedipus the King and William Shakespeare's Hamlet, the unruly forces surrounding the protagonists are the source for their downfall. Fate, women, and divine intervention are the foundation for the protagonists' demise. The protagonists are powerless against these elements, and for that reason, are not responsible for their finish. The uncontrollable force of fate is one component that assists in destroying Oedipus....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]

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William Shakespeare 's ' Othello ' And ' Oedipus '

- Throughout history of mankind pride has been recognized as a precursor to destruction. We find numerous references to pride being the downfall of man in the Bible. Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” Men who choose to be prideful are often destined for great suffering. Famous author, C.S. Lewis says in his book Mere Christianity that, “the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere flea bites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice.” ( insert bib)....   [tags: Oedipus, Tragic hero, Othello, Sophocles]

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Comparing Othello and Oedipus the King

- Oedipus the King and Othello are both plays in which are known for their dramatic tragedies. Oedipus the King is an Athenian tragedy by Sophocles that was first performed in 429 BC. The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, which was written in approximately 1603. These two plays do a profound job at making sure the audience understands the background of the main characters, however, there are minor characters who are just as important. Emilia, Othello’s wife, and Jocasta, Oedipus’s mother and wife, both aid in the understanding of the major characters throughout these plays....   [tags: Shakespeare, Sophocles, tragedies]

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Oedipus Rex Is A Classic Example Of A Greek Theatre Tragedy

- Oedipus Rex is a classic example of a Greek theatre tragedy, written by Sophocles, and first performed in 429 BC. The story features Oedipus, the King of Thebes, and his story to lift the curse off of his kingdom by finding the previous king’s murderer and prosecuting him. In a crazy turn of events, it turns out that Oedipus is actually the son of the late King Laius, and his father’s killer. Due to a prophecy divulged to Oedipus’ father, Oedipus was left at a crossroads when he was a baby because it was told he would kill his father and sleep with his mother....   [tags: Oedipus, Tragedy, Aeschylus, Sophocles]

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Fate in "Oedipus the King"

- If prophecy were to be real, one could expect what is bound to happen in the future. This is true; at least in “Oedipus the King” in which the protagonist, Oedipus calls forth his doom unwillingly. Fate is defined as something that unavoidably befalls a person. The author of “Oedipus the King,” Sophocles, writes a tragic fate that Oedipus was born to experience. Fate is what is meant to happen and cannot be avoided or unchanged. Furthermore, events that lead to other events could be the result for one to meet their fate....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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The Use of Religion as a Literary Element in Oedipus Rex

- The Use of Religion as a Literary Element in Oedipus Rex and how it Influences the Use of Religion in Modern Western Literature Famous novelist, C.S. Lewis, stated, “Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become” (“Literature Quotes”)....   [tags: Oedipus Rex Essays]

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Sophocles' Oedipus the King

- Fate is the power that controls all of mankind. There is no way to escape the events that are predetermined for man; there is no such thing as free will. Every decision one makes is not their own choosing, but rather an inescapable course of actions foreseen and determined by a higher power. Sometimes prophets or oracles can show the Destiny of others, such as the oracle of Delphi who speaks the words of Apollo the God of Light and Sun. This exact oracle revealed the prophecy of a man by the name of Oedipus, he is smart, he is heroic, but more than any trait he is cursed....   [tags: Greek literature and history]

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Comparing and Contrasting the Tragic Heroes in Sophocles’ Oedipus and Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman

- Sophocles’ Oedipus , presents himself in the beginning of the first scene as a well recognized and respectful King. Oedipus greets the priest and the children with great honor, for he had saved the city from the Sphinx (39.1229), and their expectations were very high for another phenomenon. Arthur Miller’s Willie Loman, the beginning act indicate a man that has given all he had to his family and employer, “never made enough money” (1478) and is in despair of his present condition of not being able to work in an office and not having to travel (1452)....   [tags: Oedipus, Death of a Salesman]

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The Concept of Legitimaiton in Oedipus the King by Sophocles and Crito by Plato

- Oedipus the king by Sophocles and Crito by Plato both have an active indication of the concept of legitimation and each one presents variations in using the authority through the rational and the traditional forms of legitimation. However, there was a minor concern about the charismatic legitimation in both of them. Traditional legitimation was shown in Oedipus the king by the Delphic oracle and the divine intervention. Also, it presented in Crito by Socrates believes in the vision of his delay death....   [tags: prophecy, authority, justification]

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Comparing Female Characters in Euripides' Medea and Sophocles' Oedipus the King and Antigone

- Comparing Female Characters in Euripides' Medea and Sophocles' Oedipus the King and Antigone       In the times of the ancient Greeks, women had an unpretentious role. They were expected to do take on the accepted role of a woman.  In most cases, a woman's role is restricted to bearing young, raising children, and housework. In Sophocles' Oedipus  the King, Antigone, and Medea, the dominant female characters impacted upon men with authority and political power.  It is an inescapable fate that one of these characters will fall, and that the Gods have control over everyone's fate.  Each dominant female character portrays her willpower and commitment to their beliefs.  This...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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A Comparison of Homer's Odyssey and Oedipus the King

- In the world of literature, there are many similarities and differences between them. These similarities and differences are significant because the reader can learn and thoroughly comprehend them. Two examples of such literature are the epic poems Oedipus the King , written by Sophocles and The Odyssey, written by Homer who were both Greek poets. Oedipus the King and The Odyssey share many similarities. The most important and significant similarity is that both epic poems are involved in a conflict when we first encounter the poems....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Foreshadowing in Oedipus the King and The Marriage of Figaro

- Foreshadowing in Oedipus the King and The Marriage of Figaro      `You are the curse, the corruption of the land!'.  With these words, Tiresias, a blind prophet in `Oedipus The King' set the actions in play that would turn king to beggar within the day.  Prophecy and foreshadowing is an important part of playwriting, and adds an element of suspense that is not possible any other way.  Whether it be the witches of MacBeth, the ramblings of Tiresias in Oedipus the King, and Antigone, or whether it is the unrealized foreshadowing by Figaro in `The Marriage of Figaro', foreshadowing gives the reader or the audience something to puzzle themselves over, until the play or nove...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Tragedy in Oedipus the King and Doll's House

- Faults Written in the Stars During the Ancient Grecian time periods, tragedy meant death because one defied against an outer prophecy. Modern day tragedy was simply realism, the unspoken way of life. In Sophocles' Oedipus the King and Ibsen's A Doll's House, the main characters - Nora and Oedipus, are both constructed to illustrate flaws in society and how naive people are. Ibsen and Sophocles both developed tragedy into a central idea that all people surreptitiously understand. Nora and Oedipus make incompetent decisions that assist in discovering their fundamental nature as tragic heroes and provoke sorrow and pity among the audience....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Oedipus the King and Mason’s Shiloh

- Oedipus the King and Mason’s Shiloh      "Shiloh," written by Bobbie Ann Mason, and Oedipus the King, written by Sophocles, contain extremely different story lines but jointly have one unique quality, the role of the woman. In each of these stories, the females struggle to overcome one major obstacle plaguing them by using their inner-strength. Norma Jean from "Shiloh" fights to leave a seemingly endless marriage, and Jocasta from Oedipus the King struggles against an ill-fate. Norma Jean and Jocasta believe that they are strong enough to conquer these challenges, but, in the end, they both realize they are not strong enough and commit suicide because of this defeat....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Gaining from Detective Work in Oedipus the King and A Scandal in Bohemia

- A detective story is a genre of fiction in which a person attempts to solve a crime. The detective may be a professional or an amateur, and generally has nothing to gain from solving the crime. However in Sophocles’ “Oedipus the King”, the main character Oedipus is not only determined to solve a crime, but he is also in pursuit to find his own identity. This is similar to Arthur Conan Doyle’s “A Scandal in Bohemia” where Sherlock Holmes has been hired to work as a detective in return for monetary compensation....   [tags: Sherlock Holmes, Detective Story, ]

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Analysis Of Euripides ' The First Name Line Of Medea '

- In the first few line of Medea by Euripides, two minor characters known as the Tutor and the Nurse are introduced. They are introduced as two servants; the nurse serves Medea while the Tutor serves Jason. They greet each other by mocking one another, the Tutor begins by making a remark on stereotypical actions done by women,” Old slave from my mistress’ household, why are you…complaining to yourself about what’s wrong?” (Euripides, line 62-5). The Nurse does not get provoked and calls the Tutor an unfaithful servant because “when a master’s lot falls out badly, that’s bad for faithful servants, too—it touches their hearts also.” (Euripides, lines 69-71)....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Greek mythology]

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Women 's Rights Of Women

- The treatment of women has been an issue for hundreds of years in all parts of the world. Some places in the world are worse than others, however no one place is free from discrimination. In the time of Sophocles, sexism towards women was accepted as the norm. Women were treated less of value than men, they were powerless and had a specific role assigned to them by their male dominated society. But in Antigone, Sophocles allows himself to express his view of how women should be equal to men. Through Antigone, three traits prove that women can be like men; bravery against Creon’s orders , she enhances power to rise out of their submissive position and took pride in her downfall to death....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, Polynices]

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Oedipus and Othello

- We as humans repress certain emotion to help us forget about a tragic event. In psychology catharsis is a form of technique that is used to relieve any type of anxiety by bringing repressed feelings and fears to consciousness. In tragic plays catharsis is the emotion that makes the audience feel pity, fear, and a sense of relief instead of hopelessness in the end of the play. In the tragedies Oedipus the king by Sophocles and Othello the moor of Venice by Shakespeare we feel these same emotions towards Oedipus and Othello....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]

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Patriarchy and Misogyny: What a Grand Ole Time

- When you think of ancient Greece, you probably think of togas, polytheism, epic heros, and olives. But do you how women were treated or veiwed. There is quite a lot of evidence displayed throughout manyplays, epics and other documents. Oedipus the King and The Odyssey are two ancient Greek works of literature that exemplify their society perfectly. Ancient Greece was a patriarchial society where women were treated as objects and sex symbols and misogyny was often present. In the play Oedipus the King, Oedipus the main character exhibits some misogyny shortly thereafter blinding himself and finding out he fulfilled the prophecy of murdering his father and marrying his mother....   [tags: Oedipus King, The Odissey]

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A View From The Bridge

- Certain characteristics can develop overtime depending on a person’s life. In many cases, these traits that people cling onto can ultimately decide who they are, based on the decisions they may make. However, the specific combination of traits comes together to form an ego that expresses a large part of whom a person really is. With the characteristics and ego all wrapped up in a ball, tragic flaw can be thrown into the mixture if the circumstances call for it. In the novel A View from the Bridge, by Arthur Miller, a man named Eddie Carbone possesses an obsessive trait due to his almost infatuation with his niece Catherine....   [tags: Oedipus the King, Sophocles, Oedipus, Tragic hero]

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The Oedipus Complex, Antigone and Electra

- Introduction It is a well-known fact that theatre as well as society in Ancient Greece was extremely male-dominated. The female population wasn’t assumably even allowed to attend theatre performances let alone perform on stage. However, still some of the strongest and most unforgettable characters in Greek tragedy were female, perhaps the most feisty and passionate of all being Sophocles’ Antigone. Antigone, one of the best known Greek Tragedies, is filled with strong-willed women. The play is built around the conflict between King Creon and Antigone, who breaks the law by burying her brother Polynices....   [tags: women, ancient greece, gender]

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Antigone and Oedipus by Sophocles

- “Antigone & Oedipus” By Sophocles are great stories of Tragedy and adversity. Creon, Oedipus and Antigone are truly engaged in struggle with reality, destiny and self-pity, for life. “Oedipus The King” is the tragic story of a man of a noble structure but is triggered by great tragedies and realities of him-self that shatter his existence. From the beginning of the story Oedipus is shown as a noble caring man. He is greatly worried about the plague in Thebes “but my spirit grieves for the city, for myself and all of you” he tells the priest and his people of Thebes, however He is also impetuous and suspicious of the motive of His friends; But these flaws may not be considered as a reason to...   [tags: Creon, Tragedy, Adversity]

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Oedipus and Eventual Downfall

- Oedipus reading questions The dramatic purpose of the prologue is to place the audience I the middle of the action with as little friction as possible. All the information to continue and understand the play is placed at the beginning known as the prologue. It is much like the reverse scrolling at the beginning of star wars movies. Oedipus sees himself much like the parent of Thebes. He knows he has a natural benevolence in himself to be a good king and have general concern over the people of Thebes....   [tags: Greek Mythology]

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Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

- Is truth always the right way. When is there a time when too much truth is revealed. In Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, Oedipus is the tragic hero whose truth is revealed at considerable costs. His plight for truth about what is going on with his kingdom revealed that he has been the cause for the vast majority of the suffering. Upon learning about Oedipus’ actions, several different situations occur. These situations exemplify the fact that truth’s helpfulness is subjective to the person who is facing the truth....   [tags: ancient Greek tragedies]

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Life of Oedipus Rex

- Oedipus Rex suffered a strange, confusing, awkward, and sometimes embarrassing childhood. His trauma as a child, wretched beginning, strange fetish for older women, and unfavorable standing with the gods left him with no alternative but to suffer a terrible life. But what really drove the man to become what he will forever be remembered as. Little to nothing is truly known about his early life before his ascension to the throne and triumph over the Sphinx. After countless years of research and dedication one specialist has finally gathered enough information to show us the mystery behind the man, these are his stories....   [tags: Character Analysis]

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Oedipus Rex

- Even though Oedipus is a hero, we should not admire him, as the intentions for his actions are self-centered. This distinction is necessary to help us better understand the difference between being a hero, and a hero worth of admiration. It is important to know that somebody’s admiration must ultimately stem from the intentions of their actions rather than the results of their actions alone, so we can act accordingly in the future. Oedipus is a hero, as defined by Johnston. According to Johnston, ‘a hero is someone who confronts fate in a very personal manner and whose reaction to that encounter serves to illuminate for us our own particular condition’ (Johnston, Part 2)....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Sophocles]

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Comparison Of Oedipus The King vs. Hamlet vs. Waiting For Godot

- Some of the first forms of drama come from ancient Greece. Oedipus the King by Sophocles is a great example of ancient Greek tragedy, Hamlet by Shakespeare is the example of drama of Elizabethan period and Samuel Becketts Waiting for Godot represents the drama of the 20th century and belongs to so called. Theatre of the Absurd. Because all these dramas come from different period of time, it's natural that they differ from each other in many aspects. The Greek tragedy has unity of time, place and action, since it takes place all in one day, happens in a single scene, and develops only one plot....   [tags: Comparative Literature]

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An Analysis Of ' Oedipus Complex ' Theory Of Forms '

- Archetypes have been around for thousands of years, dating back to at least Plato discussing his “Theory of Forms”. In a literary contexts we think of archetypes such as the hero, the mentor, the journey, or the initiation. When looked at from these perspectives it appears that there is nothing original to write about, but these archetypes are used over and over with much success. The reason is because the writer and the reader empathize with the archetypes. Take for example the Initiation archetype, also called the Coming of Age story, in it is the struggle of the young against the old in an attempt to obtain individuality, and freedom that reflects what Jungian psychologists call, a “fathe...   [tags: Short story, Family, Complex, Mother]

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Sophocles Inequality of Gender Roles

- During the time that Sophocles wrote The Oedipus Cycle, women are portrayed negatively as weak and mindless; Sophocles develops this through his use of characters, actions and thoughts. We can observe these negative attitudes about women in characters such as Iocaste, Creon and Ismene. These characters’ beliefs about gender roles affects their every action and reaction throughout the story. The Oedipus Cycle by Sophocles could be read as a critique of women’s roles. As we consider these roles, we can look at Antigone who goes against the established expectations of the woman’s role of the time and stands up to Creon when she thinks he is being wrongful....   [tags: women's role, antigone, oedipus cycle]

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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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Sophocles ' Influences On The Play ' Antigone '

- Sophocles’ background influenced him to write Antigone. One important influence on the drama was the author’s life in the “golden era” of Athens during fifth century BCE. In that time, Athens was experiencing much change in all facets, and drama was a major factor in Athenian culture. In his essay “Sophocles,” Ed Downey reports that Sophocles was born at the beginning of the “golden era” in Athens and lived a long life influenced by “the artistic and cultural achievements in the ancient Greek world”....   [tags: Sophocles, Oedipus, Tragedy, Oedipus the King]

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A Critical Analysis Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- A Critical Analysis of Antigone By Sophocles Sophocles’ background influenced him to write Antigone. In the fifth century BCE. the “golden era” of Athens, is an important influence in the author’s life. In that time, Athens has experienced so much change in all facets; in addition, drama continues as a major factor in Athenian culture. In his essay “Sophocles,” Ed Downey reports that Sophocles was born at the beginning of the “golden era” in Athens; furthermore, he lived a long life influenced by “the artistic and cultural achievements in the ancient Greek world.” Sophocles is a wealthy and highly educated, “happy man.” As a young man, Sophocles begins his playwright career, so he eventual...   [tags: Sophocles, Oedipus, Tragedy, Oedipus the King]

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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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Irony in Oedipus And Story Of An Hour

- Literature allows people to experience and learn life’s lessons through text. One of the most commonly used literary devices is irony. Irony can be defined as the difference between appearance and reality, or when a reader expects or assumes one thing and the opposite is true. It allows an author to engage and surprise the audience, which often also teaches an important lesson. Two classic examples of irony through literature are Oedipus the King by Sophocles and The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin....   [tags: Chopin Sophocles Irony]

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Antigone : A Myth That Sophocles ' Antigone

- Antigone is a myth that Sophocles used to tell to others. Antigone’s father, Oedipus, killed his father and married his mother. He then impregnated her and had Antigone. This means that Antigone is not only Oedipus’s daughter, but sister as well. This is just when it starts to get weird. Antigone’s mother and Oedipus’s mother and wife, killed herself because she was depressed. This made Oedipus flee. Now the issue is who is going to take care of the children. Well since Oedipus was the king and he fled, now the heir is Creon since Oedipus only had young boys and girls, and plus we still have the Salic law in play....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus]

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Application of Aristotle's Nature of Tragedy to the Tale of Oedipus

- Out of Aristotle’s apprehension of tragedy, four out of the six ideas are used in the tragic drama, “Oedipus the King” by Sophocles. These ideas are tragic hero, hamartia, peripeteia, and anagnorisis. The tragic hero is a person of greatness, and noble stature who usually contributes to their own downfall. Oedipus has greatness and noble stature; he’s sublime, in the way that he cares for his people. What leads to his own downfall is his own pride, which came out when he solved the riddle of the Sphinx and was praised by marrying the queen of Thebes, making him feel untouchable, “Here I am myself- you all know me, the world knows my fame: I am Oedipus....   [tags: Sophocles, Literary Analysis]

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Comparing Hubris in Antigone and Oedipus

- Hubris in Antigone and Oedipus       The idea of hubris is monumental in a plethora of Greek mythological works. In many ways the excessive pride of certain characters fuels their own destruction. This is certainly true with respect to the characters of Pentheus, Antigone, and Oedipus. All three of these characters demonstrate, through their actions, various degrees of arrogance that seem to undercut the traditional role of the Gods, and thus largely contribute to their downfall. However, it should be noted that while each of these characters demonstrate hubris, they way in which their arrogance manifests itself is unique to each character....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Hamlet and the Oedipus Complex

- When examining Hamlet through the lens of the Oedipus complex, it is critical to first define and thoroughly explain the Oedipus complex, then to apply it to Hamlet's relationships, before a final conclusion is reached. The Complexities of the Complex Before one can understand the Oedipus complex, one must understand Sigmund Freud's theory on infantile sexuality. The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy points out that the roots of Freud's theory can be found in the work of an older colleague of Freud's, Josef Breuer....   [tags: Oedipal Complex]

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Hamlet and the Oedipus Complex

- The Oedipus complex originates from the classical era and was seen as pejorative due to the afflictions of hatred, jealously and a desire to kill the father. It is where a boy unconsciously develops a desire and lust for his mother considering the father as his ultimate rival whom he must eradicate. The death of Hamlet's father to his envious adversaries hand, stimulates Hamlet's deep affections for his mother from his childhood. Hamlet's Oedipal desire leads him to procrastinate in killing Claudius: in doing so, it would be an obvious admittance to his Oedipal lusts: his enemy has already fulfilled his Oedipal desires in murdering Old Hamlet and sleeping with...   [tags: Papers]

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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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