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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

- ... 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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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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Review Of ' Oedipus The King '

- ... This quote expressed lamentation by showing how the people of Thebes are suffering and grieving on different problems. Furthermore, Lamentation appeared later on in the story. This time, it was Oedipus, who was lamenting. The second messenger says “ He charged inside. There, there, we saw his wife hanging, the twisted rope around her neck. When he saw her, he cried out fearfully and cut the dangling noose. Then as she lay, poor woman on the ground, what happened after. Was terrible to see. He tore the brooches the gold chased brooches fastening her robe away from her and lifting them up high dashed them on his own eyeballs, shrieking out such things as: they will never see the crime I h...   [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 : 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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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

- ... 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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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

- ... 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 As A Real Human Tragedy

- ... Furthermore, the murder of Laius was witnessed by an eye witness who was a shepherd and therefore he thought he should inform Oedipus about what he had seen. Moreover, a second messenger declared that the Oracle’s prophecy was undoubtedly true and at the same time announced the death of Jocasta. Oedipus was told by the same messenger and a shepherd that he was offered to the royal family as a baby since he was abandoned. The available evidence seems to suggest that Oedipus, having been stubborn and rejecting the idea of forgetting about the past, managed to stir all the mysteries as well as enigma surrounding his life and consequently, longed for reaching and attaining the truth about a...   [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

- ... 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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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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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

- ... Nothing moves you. Out with it, once and for all.” (Sophocles, 380-4) It is in this quote that we see Oedipus not taking the prophet’s advice and pridefully demands the answer that is being hidden for his own good. The second time Oedipus’s pride gets the best of him is when he is told that he is the one who cut down King Laius. Instead of accepting the words as truth and allowing himself to remember the slaughter he committed on the roadside on his way to Thebes, Oedipus automatically accuses Creon of treason and framing him for the terrible fate of Thebes (Sophocles, 438-59)....   [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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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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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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Oedipus Rex Is A Classic Example Of A Greek Theatre Tragedy

- ... On one hand, he had no idea what his parents did, or how they set him up to fulfill destinies plan, and on the other hand, it was his own decision to strike down his father after releasing his temper. Sophocles does a great job making Oedipus out to be a great king, for the most part, a man with compassion for his subjects, and a desire to end their grief: OEDIPUS: “The grief I feel for these citizens is even greater than any pain I feel for my own life.” Does any person really deserve to end up in a situation like this....   [tags: Oedipus, Tragedy, Aeschylus, 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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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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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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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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A View From The Bridge

- ... At Catherine and Rodolpho’s wedding, Marco shows up despite Eddie not wanting him there which sparks an altercation between the two then “Eddie lunges with the knife. Marco grabs his arm, turning the blade inward and pressing it home as the women and Louis and Mike rush in and separate them, and Eddie, the knife still in his hand, falls to his knees before Marco”. (Miller 85) Due to Eddie’s violent nature in the end it ultimately kills him because he cannot fight the urge to cause harm to the man who is insulting him....   [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 '

- ... A person with a Father Complex is “likely to be resistant to hierarchical organizations: corporations, religious institutions or the military” (Mattoon 67). There are three stories to illustrate this fact and they are, Barn Burning by William Faulkner, A&P by John Updike, and Joyland by Stephen King. All three of these stories are Coming of Age stories dealing with setting out on ones own, as well as defying the expectations of a father figure or societal expectations, and all three of the authors in some way held their mothers in higher esteem than their fathers....   [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 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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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

- ... 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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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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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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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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The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- Aristotle once mentioned, “A man doesn 't become a hero until he can see the root of his own downfall.” Throughout society, tragic heroes are always present within every type of literature. A tragic hero is depicted as someone who makes a judgement which leads to his or her own destruction. They follow the five characteristics in which they are born from nobility, are doomed to make the wrong judgement, possess a tragic flaw, are responsible for their own fate, and lastly convey emotions to the audience....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Tragic hero, Oedipus the King]

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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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Oedipus The King Of Oedipus

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

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Sophocles’ Oedipus Cycle – Antigone, as a Feminist

- Sophocles’ Oedipus Cycle – Antigone, as a Feminist Throughout history, women have always stood in the shadows of men. In many cultures, the role of women has always been to be seen and not heard. As one of the first feminists in world literature, the character Antigone, of Sophocles’ Oedipus Cycle, displays fine characteristics of a great female leader in order to stand up against male dominance for her religious, political, and personal beliefs. When the king denies her brother, Polynices, proper burial, Antigone goes against state law by burying him herself in order to protect heavenly decree and maintain justice....   [tags: Antigone Essays]

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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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Oedipus The King, Communication, And Religion

- ... Fearing the prophecy Oedipus refuses to go back home which leads him to settle in Thebes where, after defeating a murderous sphinx and the mysterious death of the previous king, Oedipus is crowned king by marrying the widowed queen. His people are plagued by a mysterious disease which is a curse from the gods. In exchange for the curse being lifted, the gods require the person responsible for the death of the previous king to be banished from the land. Upon discovering this the people of the kingdom come to beg Oedipus, the best of men to plead with the gods for direction as to the identity of the killer....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Oedipus the King]

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The Tragedy Of Oedipus The King

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

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