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Sophocles ' Oedipus At Colonus By Sophocles

- In Antigone we enter the final part of a trilogy collectively referred to as the Theban Plays. Antigone is the daughter of Oedipus, the unfortunate namesake of the complex (supposedly issuing from the repression of urges that he so infamously, if unwittingly, acted out). Oedipus transgressed some of the most universal taboos; he committed patricide and committed incest by sleeping with his own mother. Antigone is the product of that “unholy” union. Just before the action of Antigone, in Oedipus at Colonus, after the death of Oedipus, a conflict had broken out between his sons Eteocles and Polyneices (“The Internet Classics Archive | Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles.")....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, Creon]

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The Tragedy Of Sophocles ' Antigone By Sophokles

- ... However, Kreon undergoes an evident change after his conversation with the prophet Tieresias who reminds him that “all men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride,” (Antigone 804-806). With a bit of convincing from the Choragos, Kreon realizes that “it is worse to risk everything for stubborn pride,” (Antigone 864-865). He has a change of heart about Antigone, ultimately deciding to free her from the tomb that she was to die in for going against his orders, which he now acknowledges were misguided....   [tags: Tragic hero, Tragedy, Sophocles, Oedipus]

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The King Sophocles

- ... In this character Sophocles displays a character who will protect the city, its ideals, and the law. Sophocles describes a man who is so passionate for his country that anyone who puts themselves above it has no honor. As such Creon displays his independence and true colors through power by putting the law above family. Even going as far as to rewarding those who follow his verdict both in life and in death and threatening those who dare break his word. However, even though Creon has power to decree anything that he wants Sophocles notes through the leader of the citizens the danger of such power, “If this is your pleasure, Creon, treating our city’s enemy and our friend this way…The pow...   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Sophocles]

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The Tragedy Of Sophocles ' Oedipus Rex, Composed By Sophocles

- ... In Oedipus the Chorus is created to represent the citizens of Thebes and accounts for the occurrence of events through Theban eyes: Oh, child of Laius/ If only I had never seen you. My lamentation pours forth in a great cry from my lips. Truth to tell, it was thanks to you that I breathed anew and rested my eyes in sleep." This scene then demonstrates the outcome of moving from 'prosperity to ignorance to knowledge to misery. ' In a political sense, the tragic act has had further repercussions on Thebes which has now entered a state of ill-spiritedness due to their leader 's misfortune....   [tags: Tragedy, Oedipus, Sophocles, Aeschylus]

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Antigone, by Sophocles

- Sophocles’ “Antigone” was a Greek tragedy written for entertainment, but it also served as a social commentary for what was happening in ancient Greek city-states during that time it was written. “Antigone” was a prime example of art imitating life in Greek culture. The play was rife with themes relating to individual versus state, women’s roles in the city-state, the significance of elders in society, pride, tyranny, and human law versus moral or divine law. In this essay I’d like to pose and answer the questions: Did the outcome of Antigone lead us to believe that Creon was wrong from the start....   [tags: Sophocles, Greek Tragedy]

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Sophocles ' The King, And Oedipus At Colonus

- ... Oedipus the King was a tragedy written around 430 B.C. It all started when the Queen and the king ruling the city, Jocasta and Laius. Laius arrived to a fortune teller, and found out some horrific news, that his son Oedipus will kill his father and marry his mother, Jocasta. After hearing this news, handed Oedipus to the shepherds. When Oedipus grew up, he found out that the shepherds were not his real parents, and also finding out that he will kill his father and marry his mother, he just starting walking towards the City of Thebes....   [tags: Sophocles, Oedipus, Oedipus at Colonus]

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The Chorus Of Sophocles ' Oedipus Rex

- ... They have establish the mood and the atmosphere. The Chorus helps the audience understand many things throughout the play. The chorus not only acts as the mediator but also plays the role of evaluating incidents and developments. Secondly the chorus in Oedipus Rex also serves as the evaluator of the play. If the chorus did not evaluate and comment on the actions of the play, much of its drama would be lost. Sophocles uses the chorus to comment on Oedipus’ rise and downfall. As it is stated in the critical essay The Vision of Tragedy: “The suddenness of Oedipus’ fall, the twofold nature of his suffering –‘once in the body and once in the soul’-and the name rather than the nature of the ev...   [tags: Sophocles, Tragedy, Drama, Aeschylus]

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Relating to Characters in Sophocles' Plays

- A Tale of Two Cities, Romeo and Juliet. Names such as these bring to mind both plays and pieces of literature that are considered by many to be timeless classics. Perhaps the reason these stories are so popular is not just because they are well written. People are also able to relate to the characters who are often entangled in one of the many complexities within a given society. Authors such as Shakespeare or Charles Dickens are able to discuss some of the issues and problems that face people within society....   [tags: sophocles, characters, theatre,]

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Antigone By Sophocles : A Greek Tragedy

- The play Antigone by Sophocles is a Greek tragedy that focuses on a family and a city that has experienced great upheaval in recent years. Out of the ashes of war fought between two brothers, Eteocle and Polynice (sons of Oedipus), their uncle Creon is now ruler of the city of Thebes. Creon’s first order as the new king is that Polynice, the rebel brother, will not be sanctified by holy rites and will lie unburied on the battlefield whereas Eteocle will be honored and buried with respect. Oedipus’s two surviving children, Ismene and Antigone, remain in Thebes and under their uncle’s care....   [tags: Oedipus, Creon, Sophocles, Hanging]

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Honor in Plato, Sophocles, and Voltaire

- Plato writes of a philosophical man condemned to death in the court of law in The Trial and Death of Socrates. Socrates is punished for preaching of his gods and corrupting the youth of Athens. The next piece of work discussed is Antigone, written by Sophocles. Antigone is a young lady who feels it is her duty and obligation to defy Creon’s rule to properly bury her brother. Lastly, the text of Voltaire’s Candide displays how a man cannot find happiness even in the best of situations. Candide travels the world in the attempt to become a man of wealth and power and reunite with the love of his life....   [tags: plato, socrates, sophocles]

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The Tragedy Of Antigone By Sophocles ' Antigone

- ... After her arrest by the guards who caught her burying Polyneices ' body again, Antigone was brought before Creon where she openly questioned his edict, "Nor did I think your orders were so strong / that you, a mortal man, could overrun / the gods ' unwritten and unfailing laws" (453-455). Creon takes exception to this yet Antigone stands firm. Her belief in justice is so strong that she refuses Ismene to accept any participation in the burial, "Justice will not allow this. You did not / wish for a part, nor did I give you one" (538-539)....   [tags: Sophocles, Oedipus, Creon, Polynices]

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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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Sophocles ' Antigone And Oedipus The King

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

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The Tragic Hero Of Antigone By Sophocles

- ... She shall have food, As the custom is, to absolve the state of her death(1045,S3L142.) This is another starting point on the error of Creon’s judgment by adding Haemon into this conflict. Haemon tries his best to protect Antigone from Creon, but still fails because her imprisonment leads to her and Haemon’s death. This event not only kills Antigone and Haemon, but also Eurydice his wife. Creon’s decision in the story causes him to make a serious error in judgement. The next characteristic that all tragic heroes share is affecting the audience with pity or fear....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Creon, Antigone]

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The Tragedy Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- ... Especially after his wife Jocasta attempts to explain to him that a prophet once said her that her beloved husband Laius would be killed by their son but, according to Jocasta the prophecy was false because the baby was left abandoned to die and Laius winded up being killed by a group of robbers at a crossroads. Still, Oedipus then becomes more worry at her remarks because he recalls killing a man at a crossroads before arriving to Thebes himself. Therefore determined to find out the truth, he sends out to find the only witness to the murder, a shepherd....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Oedipus the King]

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The Tragedy Of Antigone By Sophocles

- “Antigone” is a drama that was written by Sophocles. Sophocles was one of the great writers of tragedies during the ancient Greece era. For this reason, there is no debate as to whether this story is a tragedy or not. A tragedy is defined as a play that contains dismal events and has an unhappy ending, it typically involves the downfall of the protagonist. Focus on that last part; the downfall of the main character. If “Antigone” is definitely a tragedy, and a tragedy involves the destruction of the main character, than the drama must portray the hero being brought to ruin....   [tags: Character, Sophocles, Tragedy, Oedipus]

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Sophocles ' The Right Or Creon

- ... Creon states that no man shall be above his law, including family members and he will be a wise and just ruler. As his first edict, he states that Eteocles was a brave warrior for Thebes and will receive an honorable burial, while Polyneices on the other hand fought against them; therefore, makes him a traitor to Thebes and he will not be receiving a burial but instead he will have the dogs and birds eat at him. It is later found out that Polyneices sister Antigone has taken offense to that demand because she is a devout religious fanatic and not allowing her brother to be buried is against her belief because they believed that if their family members or friends were left unburied, their...   [tags: Oedipus, Creon, Antigone, Sophocles]

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The Tragedy Of Antigone By Sophocles

- ... It can be seen as an act of the gods. The sentry finishes his statement with “no traces of anyone”, which shows how the gods could have tried to cover Antigone attempt to giving her brother a proper burial. Antigone’s disloyalty to King Creon causes her to remain positive that the gods will stay by her side. She does not seem to care whether her brother is seen as a traitor. Antigone knows that her brother is family, and irrespective of who the person is, everyone should get a burial. Her views on King Creon are depicted when she says, “Creon is not strong enough to stand in my way,”(191)....   [tags: Tragic hero, Sophocles, Oedipus]

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Analysis Of Sophocles ' The Theban Plays '

- ... This shows the overwhelming influence of fate regardless of the choices made by free will, and how the choices made by Tragic Heroes, no matter how free-willed, always resulted in the fulfilment of their tragic end. In Oedipus the king, we also witness the endeavors made by Queen Jocasta to evade the shame of her son’s undoing when she hands baby Oedipus to the Shepard servant to be killed (Lines 1278-1295). Jocasta, in an effort to escape fate through free will, unknowingly and ironically sets her baby unto the part of destruction that that brings about the fulfillment of her pre-destined fate....   [tags: Sophocles, Oedipus, Oedipus at Colonus, Tragedy]

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Sophocles ' Oedipus : A Tragic Hero

- ... Only to hear of the curse again, however having his wish fulfilled for a son. Therefore, Laios now knowing the curse is not just mere words spoken in anger, disposed of Oedipus in the wilderness to die therefore trying to deprive fate upon his family. What is interesting is how Sophocles actually inter wove some biblical truths in which the Bible speaks of in Exodus 20 verses 4-6. It is important to see this linkage in the play giving the understanding of the morality conflict of evil verses good....   [tags: Oedipus, Tragedy, Sophocles, Tragic hero]

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The Tragedy Of Sophocles ' Oedipus The King

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

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The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- ... This is a tragic flaw because his judgment is not always right. His judgment is the reason his wife and son kills themselves. It is also the reason why his fate took a turn for the worst. By saying this it shows how he made a hamartia. An anagnorisis is a realization of situation when the tragic hero moves from ignorance to enlightenment. (Willocks). Creon realizes that he made an irreversible mistake of his own doing. The change from ignorance to enlightenment includes Creon’s realization of his tragic flaw, how it caused his downfall, how his actions have affected the lives of others....   [tags: Tragedy, Tragic hero, Sophocles, Suicide]

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Sophocles ' The Timeless Nature Of Antigone

- ... Additionally, there is the question that many face wherein they must make a decision between their family and what civilization tells them is acceptable. Of course, the divide between the natural desire to live, and the desire to do what one finds to be morally correct is shown in both the play and contemporary life. Lastly, the roles that gender plays is another aspect that Antigone shares with the world today. By placing a discerning eye on Antigone, the reader can easily notice the correlation between the aforementioned play, and their own life....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, Polynices]

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The Origin Of The Sophocles ' Greek Tragedy

- ... According to her idea of a perfect world, without flaws strengthens Antigone’s judgment and solidifies her beliefs. This can be seen in line 55 “I will bury him and if I must die, I say that this crime is holy” and continues on line 59 with “it is the dead not the living who make the longest demand: we die for ever…” Antigone again as a romantic idealist “ wants to discuss everything in a meaningful way” regards her suicide as a noble cause. Throughout the play, Antigone’s decisions remained intact, unlike Creon, who’s had no “unified identity” as Oudemans and Lardinois would say....   [tags: Sophocles, Tragedy, Oedipus, Oedipus at Colonus]

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The Blind By Sophocles ' Oedipus The King

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

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The Tragedy Of Sophocles ' Tragedy

- ... Ergo, the tragic form transcends from the Ancient Greek era in tragic pleasure alongside the contextual mythologies that engender tragedy as a catalyst for political and social change. Integral Myth Mythology has transcended from its ancient prescientific function as a pre-rational connection to the past to become a more ubiquitous cultural identity. In modern times, myth has espoused a practical function to reinforce moral codes and justify the social order. This becomes critical for a culture in order to form a concept of continuity within a culture, promising the hope of a future....   [tags: Tragedy, Sophocles, Greek mythology, Euripides]

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The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- In the Greek play Antigone by Sophocles is very different from traditional plays or tragedies. Not only does the play have two prominent characters, Antigone and King Creon, the two characters also function as a tragic hero. However, which of the two character is the real tragic hero. Antigone’s tragedy is from conflict and passion. To really understand which of the two character is the ‘real’ tragic hero, one must understand the definition of a tragic hero. According to Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero, a tragic hero must be born from a high social class and his or her downfall must be caused by a fatal flaw of that character....   [tags: Tragedy, Sophocles, Poetics, Tragic hero]

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Oedipus The King By Sophocles

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

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Oedipus The King By Sophocles

- ... I will say nothing further. Against this answer let your temper rage as wildly as you will. OEDIPUS. Indeed I am so angry I shall not hold back a jot of what I think. . . . (372-376) As the action continues Oedipus eventually threatens Teiresias with his life in an attempt to restore his wounded pride: OEDIPUS. Do you imagine you can always talk like this, and live to laugh at it hereafter. (403-404) Oedipus is so angry that he fails to heed Teiresias’s warning that he will soon become blind, loose his riches, and be exiled from Thebes....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Sophocles, Tiresias]

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Sophocles ' Oedipus The King

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

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Oedipus The King, By Sophocles

- ... Unwilling to go against their king, but not ready to give up on the Gods, the chorus is beginning to doubt their faith. This is a pivotal time in the chorus’ journey of faith because it is at this moment that they have to choose to either believe what they think is right or believe in the Gods. Since the Gods’ beliefs are no longer parallel to the chorus’, it now has to decide whether to abandon what it believes in or abandon faith—a choice it is not ready to consciously make. The chorus, however, seems to have already unconsciously abandoned its faith in the Gods by looking for proof of Oedipus’ innocence given by those other than the divine....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Oedipus the King, Aeschylus]

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Oedipus The King, By Sophocles

- ... Pride is in the way of Oedipus’ truth as well as his stubborn and careless ways. Because of Oedipus prideful and stubborn ways, it causes him to dismiss the truth and avoid figuring out his true identity. Rejecting the truth and being oblivious to all of the apparent signs will lead to his disastrous end. Sophocles expresses the next chronological action of Oedipus’ mistakes that tragically ruins him. Denial is the act of proclaiming that something is not true. Ironically, Oedipus often does this when the truth is presented to him....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Creon, Sophocles]

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Oedipus The King By Sophocles

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

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Antigone By Sophocles ' Antigone

- Antigone is the protagonist in the story Antigone. She is a young girl who rises up against her uncle, King Creon to defend what she believes in. King Creon is seen amongst the society as a dictator and feels no one should go against his orders. One of King Creon’s orders is to not give Antigone’s brother, Polyneices, a proper burial because he thought Polyneices was a traitor. Antigone, however, chooses to bury her brother because in her heart she feels it is the right thing to do, knowing full well that Creon disapproves and has made it clear that if anyone attempts to touch Polyneices, they will be stoned in public....   [tags: Sophocles, Oedipus, Woman, Oedipus at Colonus]

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Oedipus Rex, By Sophocles

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

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SOPHOCLES’S ANTIGONE: A FEMINIST REPRESENTATION

- A woman who rebelled against a distinctively patriarchal, male-dominated Greek society. A woman who defied the orders of the King to follow her heart. A woman who acted in accordance with her sense of right and wrong. A woman with great reverence for relationships and an even greater allegiance towards family values. Such a woman deserves applause. A rebel. A legend. An example. A woman. Antigone. Sophocles’ Antigone has as its backdrop a very rigid and conservative Greek society and Greek culture when it was certainly against the norm of a typical ancient Greek woman to rebel against a male authority....   [tags: Antigone, Sophocles, feminism]

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The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- ... However, if Creon had just reconsider his punishment and law without thinking about his pride, then the citizens wouldn’t have despised and be afraid of him. In fact, they would have had understood him and his decision. As a tragic hero is responsible for his own fate, Creon’s decision to punish Antigone plays a role in his horrible fate of losing his family. After the death of Polyneices and Eteocles, Creon forbids anyone from burying Polyneices by creating a rule where whoever buries Polyneices will be stoned to death....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Tragic hero, Oedipus the King]

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The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Oedipus Rex '

- According to Aristotle, the main function of a theatre production was to make impression on the audience. The emotional state of the main character is one of the most decisive factors for a successful theatre performance. The famous tragedy “Oedipus Rex” by Sophocles is the best known exemplification of Aristotle’s concept of the tragic hero and a perfect example of the key element of making an impression. The protagonist, Oedipus, is a strong leader, a righteous king and a famous man for his heroics making his grievous fall from grace that much more dramatic and emotional for the audience....   [tags: Tragedy, Tragic hero, Character, Sophocles]

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Oedipus The King, The Second Of Sophocles ' Theban Plays

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

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Sophocles ' Antigone - Divine Law And Human Law

- ... She will never break the law especially if her life is on the line. Creon is the king and his authority must be respected. Antigone’s response is “He [Creon] has no right to keep me from my own!” by this she says that Creon has no authority over her family and the decision of burying her brother. What Antigone is trying to say is that Creon has no right in passing a law that stops her from mourning her family. In ancient Greece it was the women of the family whom had to mourn the dead and where in charge of the burial....   [tags: Oedipus, Antigone, Sophocles, Antigone]

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Blindness As A Central Theme Of Sophocles ' Oedipus The King

- Jennifer Marr Dr. Christopher Grignard English 2200 12 February 2015 Blindness as a Central Theme in Sophocles Oedipus The King In the play Oedipus The King by Sophocles, blindness is a central theme and is constantly recurring. There are many examples of this shown throughout the play; however, the most prominent is seen through the characters of Oedipus and Tiresias. Oedipus is unable to see the truth in things even though he is not blind. Tiresias, the prophet is physically blind, yet is able to see more truth in actions and prophesies than Oedipus....   [tags: Oedipus the King, Oedipus, Sophocles, Blindness]

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Oedipus Rex By Sophocles : An Ideal Tragic Hero

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

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The Tragedy Of Shakespeare 's Macbeth And Sophocles ' Oedipus The King

- ... In order to draw a contrast between the differing roles of the element of determinism in this aspect of tragedy, it is important to examine the prevalence of these types of hamartia and their correlation within Shakespearean tragedy and Greek tragedy. A basic assessment of the classic tragedies Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Sophocles’ Oedipus the King will allow a glimpse into these two aspects and their role within each individual drama, and the contrast they draw between the two plays and genres in their definitions of tragedy....   [tags: Tragic hero, Poetics, Tragedy, Sophocles]

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Pride in Sophocles' Antigone

- Pride in Sophocles' Antigone Pride is a quality that all people possess in one way or another. Some people take pride in their appearance, worldly possessions, or position in society. The story of Antigone written by Sophocles has two characters who have a tragic flaw of pride. I will show how Creon’s pride of power leads to his destruction, and how Antigone’s pride makes her an honorable character who should be treated as a hero. Creon is a man who has just become the king of Thebes and has a flaw of having too much pride....   [tags: Sophocles Antigone]

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Sophocles Greek Tragedy, Antigone

- It has been said that love conquers all. Love is a major issue in Sophocles Greek Tragedy, Antigone. Antigone’s family is full of incest and betrayal. People say that Antigone, and her sister Ismene have been cursed because of their family’s bad decisions and horrible luck. Love in Antigone’s case did conquer all, but do the tragedy of deaths. Antigone’s love for her deceased brother eventually caused her own death. Antigone’s death went on to cause Haimon’s death, which ultimately caused the death of Haimon’s mother, Eurydice in due time....   [tags: Sophocles Antigone]

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The Tragic Heroes Of Sophocles ' A Doll 's House '

- “Oedipus Rex”, by Sophocles is a play which perfectly follows the template of tragedy where Oedipus is in search of his own identity. “A Doll’s House”, By Henrik Ibsen is not necessarily a tragic play although it does contain a tragic hero. Nora Helmer and Oedipus are both considered tragic heroes in their own different ways but they come to realize the importance of self-knowledge. To compare and contrast Nora and Oedipus, the analysis can be broken down into 3 stages; both characters statuses at the beginning of the play, their own experience of their downfall and the similarities for the knowledge that they have gained....   [tags: Tragic hero, Sophocles, Tragedy, Oedipus]

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Antigone by Sophocles

- "I would not count any enemy of my country as a friend." In the play Antigone, written by Sophocles, Antigone finds herself torn apart between divine law and state law. The play opens up at the end of a war between Eteocles and Polyneices, sons of Oedipus and brothers of Antigone and Ismene. These brothers, fighting for control of Thebes, kill each other, making Creon king of Thebes. Creon, as king, gives an important speech to the citizens of Thebes, announcing that Eteocles, who defended Thebes, will receive a proper burial, unlike his brother Polyneices, who brought a foreign army against Thebes....   [tags: Antigone Sophocles Greek Play]

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Oedipus The King by Sophocles

- Oedipus the King by Sophocles is the story of a man who was destined to kill his father and marry his mother. The ancient Greeks believed that their gods decided what would ultimately happen to each and every person.Man was free to choose and was ultimately held responsible for his own actions. Both the concept of fate and free will played an important part in Oedipus' destruction. Although he was a victim of fate, he was not controlled by it. Oedipus was destined from birth to someday marry his mother and to murder his father....   [tags: Oedipus King Sophocles]

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Structure in Sophocles' Antigone

- Structure in Sophocles' Antigone               Aristotle in his Poetics (chap. 7) says: ?[L]et us now discuss the proper structure of the plot, since this is the first and most important thing in tragedy. (1033). M. H. Abrams says that ?almost all literary theorists since Aristotle have emphasized the importance of structure, conceived in diverse ways, in analyzing a work of literature. (300). The matter of the structure of Sophocles. Antigone is a subject of varying interpretation among literary critics, as this essay will reveal....   [tags: Antigone essays Sophocles Papers]

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Oedipus Tyrannos by Sophocles

- Oedipus Tyrannos by Sophocles Sophocles uses a mixture of both visual and emotional imagery to create the morally questioning, Greek tragedy ‘Oedipus Tyrannos’. He presents the audience with an intense drama, which addresses the reality and importance of the gods that the Greeks fervently believed in. The play also forces the audience to ask themselves if there is such a concept as fate.      From the very beginning of Oedipus, it is made clear “that his destiny be one of fate and worse”. The irony is that Oedipus unknowingly repeatedly predicts his own fate: “It was I who called down these curses on that man.” Oedipus has unconsciously married his mother and killed his father, just as the...   [tags: Oedipus Tyrannos Sophocles Essays]

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Oedipus The King Sophocles

- THE GREEK THEATRE 2) Is Oedipus a Tragic Hero. Answer this question demonstrating specific understandings of the concepts of Tragedy and the Tragic Hero. In the Greek play, “King Oedipus” written by Sophocles, certain characteristics, which determine the traits of a tragic hero, reveal themselves as the play unfolds. These traits enable readers to enjoy a more enhanced reading of the play and also serve to evoke a particular response from the reader. Readers acknowledge that King Oedipus is a tragic hero because he is he is an important and influential man....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles]

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Sophocles' The Women of Tarchis

- Sophocles' The Women of Tarchis Sophocles’s The Women of Tarchis tells the story of the desires that killed Heracles and Deianira, his wife. Heracles desires another woman, Iole, and, off stage, destroys her father’s kingdom so that he can have her and then sends Iole to his home. In response to this, Deianira, desiring Heracles to love her, and not keep another woman in their house, uses a deadly poison, which she believed was a love potion, hoping to make him love only her. Because of this, he dies, and she kills herself out of remorse....   [tags: Sophocles Women Tarchis Desire Essays]

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The Source of Conflict between Antigone and Creon in Sophocles' Antigone

- The Source of Conflict between Antigone and Creon in Sophocles’ “Antigone” In the following paper, I plan to discuss the source of conflict between the title characters of Antigone and Creon in Sophocles’ “Antigone”. I also plan to discuss how each character justifies his or her actions and what arguments they give for their justifications. I will also write about the strengths and weaknesses of these arguments. The final points I try to make are about who Sophocles thinks is right and who I think is right....   [tags: Sophocles Antigone]

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Sophocles' Ajax - The Destruction of a Greek Hero

- Sophocles' Ajax - The Destruction of a Greek Hero Sophocles' Ajax, written around 440 B.C., deals with the destruction of the Greek hero Ajax, who is sometimes considered the greatest warrior of the Trojan War, second only to Achilles. Ajax, driven insane by the goddess Athena, slaughtered the Greek herds of cattle, thinking that they were Greeks, to avenge them for rewarding the armor of Achilles to Odysseus instead of him. Only after coming to his senses, he realized that he was disgraced and he committed suicide....   [tags: Sophocles Ajax Essays]

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Theme of Blindness in Sophocles' Oedipus the King

- Theme of Blindness in Sophocles' Oedipus the King Sophocles?s play, ?Oedipus the King. is one of the most well known of the Greek tragedies. The play?s interesting plot, along with the incredible way it is written are only two of the many reasons why two thousand years later, it is still being read and viewed. For those who are not familiar with the story of ?Oedipus the King?, it is written about the results of a curse put on King Oedipus which claims that he will murder his father and marry his mother....   [tags: Oedipus King Plays Sophocles]

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Creon As The Tragic Hero Of Antigone by Sophocles

- Creon As The Tragic Hero Of Antigone by Sophocles Greek tragedy would not be complete with out a tragic hero. Sophocles wrote Antigone with a specific character in mind for this part. Based on Aristotle’s definition, Creon is the tragic hero of Antigone. Creon fits Aristotle’s tragic hero traits as a significant person who is faced with difficult decisions. Creon is significant because he is king. This makes him both renowned and prosperous. Creon is not completely good nor completely bad; he is somewhere in-between, as humans are....   [tags: Greek Sophocles Antigone Essays]

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Deception in Sophocles' Philoctetes and Hesiod's Theogony

- Deception in Sophocles' Philoctetes and Hesiod's Theogony For many centuries, the art of deception has been a powerful tool for achieving goals, and it has spawned the ancient debate of the ends justifying the means. In the tragedy Philoctetes by Sophocles and in Hesiod's Theogony, there are many instances of deception, particularly on the part of men in the texts. For each of them, the deceit is justified as a means of building and maintaining a reputation or obtaining power. Ultimately, however, the use of deception results in putting the men in positions of further vulnerability....   [tags: Deception Sophocles Hesiod Essays]

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Conflict, Climax and Resolution in Sophocles' Antigone

- Conflict, Climax and Resolution in Antigone         Sophocles’ tragic drama, Antigone, presents to the reader a full range of conflicts and their resolution after a climax. In Antigone the protagonist, Antigone, is humble and pious before the gods and would not tempt the gods by leaving the corpse of her brother unburied. She is not humble before her uncle, Creon, because she prioritizes the laws of the gods higher than those of men; and because she feels closer to her brother, Polynices, than she does to her uncle....   [tags: Sophocles Antigone Greek Tragedy]

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Concepts Of Sight in Sophocles’ Play Oedipus

- Concepts Of Sight in Sophocles’ Play Oedipus The concept of sight is one of the major motifs throughout Sophocles’ play Oedipus the King. The play revolves primarily around series of events caused by many people’s insight or lack there of. Oedipus does not see that he is caught up in a web of cruel destiny that he cannot escape. The gods demonstrate foresight and insight into the play. In addition to this, Tiresias has physical blindness but also has prophetic insight. Finally, both Oedipus and Jocasta portray types of mental blindness and shortsightedness....   [tags: Sophocles Oedipus King Essays]

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Sophocles' Antigone

- Sophocles' Antigone 1. - Clearly define by specific traits the character of Antigone and Creon. After her mother committed suicide, her father died and her brothers fought until they killed each other, Antigone projects her strong character with interesting ways of showing it. As the main character with strong values and a stubborn way, she follows the laws of god, without minding the consequences. Antigone is a strong willed woman who wins the respect of the audience by the inner strength and resistance of manipulation she has, showing the potential of human kind....   [tags: Sophocles Antigone]

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Change Within Characters in Sophocles' Antigone

- Change Within Characters in Sophocles' Antigone Antigone is about how King Creon rules that Polynices the traitor is not to be buried, but his sister Antigone defies the order. She is caught, and sentenced by Creon to be buried alive - even though she is betrothed to his son Haemon. After the blind prophet Tiresias proves that the gods are on Antigone's side, Creon changes his mind - but too late. He goes first to bury Polynices, but Antigone has already hanged herself. When Creon arrives at the tomb, Haemon attacks him and then kills himself....   [tags: Sophocles Antigone Essays]

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Sophocles' Oedipus Rex

- Sophocles' Oedipus Rex As the plot in Sophocles' famous play Oedipus Rex unfolds, many aspects of the relationship between ancient Greeks and their gods are revealed. It demonstrates that the people could call upon the gods in times of distress, how the gods could cause widespread disasters if a population displeased them, how arrogance and ignorance of the gods' powers would lead to disaster, and...   [tags: Sophocles' Oedipus Rex]

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Oedipus and Creon in Sophocles' Oedipus the King

- Oedipus and Creon in Sophocles' Oedipus the King      At first glance, Oedipus and Creon are two very different people. But as time progresses their personalities and even their fates grow more and more similar. In Sophocles’s play “Oedipus the King”, Oedipus and Creon are two completely opposite people. Oedipus is brash and thoughtless, whilst Creon is wise and prudent. In “Oedipus the King”, Oedipus effectively portrays the idea of the classic “flawed hero”. He becomes arrogant and brash. He accuses Creon and Tiresias of treachery....   [tags: oedipus Sophocles King Creon Essays]

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Tragedy in Sophocles' Oedipus The King and Antigone

- Tragedy in Sophocles' Oedipus The King and Antigone The Greeks considered tragedy the greatest form for literature.  However, the tragic ends for the characters were not ordained or set by fate, but rather caused by certain characteristics belonging to that person.  Such is the case with the characters of Sophocles' plays Oedipus the King and Antigone.  Oedipus from King Oedipus, and Antigone and Creon from Antigone posses characteristics, especially pride, that caused their tragic ends.  As the play progress, other characteristics appear and further add to the problem to such a point that it is inevitable that it will end in tragedy.  Therefore the tragedies were not a result of a plot b...   [tags: Sophocles Oedipus King Antigone Essays]

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Responsibility for Actions in Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

- Responsibility for Actions in Oedipus Rex by Sophocles Oedipus was not composed by his fate; he was responsible for his own conduct. From his very birth Oedipus was predetermined to marry his mother and murder his father. His situation was inevitable. Although Apollo exhorted the prophecy in Delphi, this event only drove Oedipus to fulfill his destiny. There were a series of events that occurred causing Oedipus did to lure himself to destruction. Oedipus wouldn?t have cursed himself so ignorantly had he been more diligent to analyze the murder with the former King Laius....   [tags: Papers Oedipus Rex Essays Sophocles]

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Sophocles' Antigone

- Being a part of a family forces one to have responsibilities and duties that are needed to be fulfilled. In Sophocles’ Greek tragedy, Antigone, Antigone has the responsibility of being loyal to her brother, Polynices. Her intuition and strong will discourages her from listening to the power of the state and to disobey some of her family to respect another part of her family. Her devotion leads to the destruction of Creon and herself, but her role as a part of her family does not stand in her determination to do what she believes to be right....   [tags: Sophocles Antigone Greek Tragedy]

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Sophocles' Oedipus

- Sophocles' Oedipus You can Run, but you can’t Hide Sixteenth century play writers often focused on the tragic irony of fate. One such play-writer is Sophacles. In one of his later plays, “Oedipus”, he writes the tragic story of a man who can’t avoid his pre-destined fate, and that some things just can’t be changed by the people in your life no matter how hard they try. Oedipus, the main character of this tragedy, he is a protagonist ruled by conflict and fate. This is evident in the characters traits and motivations, interactions with others, and the characters language and what others say about him....   [tags: Sophocles Oedipus Play Greek]

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Sophocles' Philoctetes

- Sophocles' Philoctetes “No word. Then I am nothing” (950) “Who will say word of greeting to me?” (1354) In his lecture Oedipus at the Crossroads, Simon Goldhill addresses the idea that the incest between mother and son results in the collapse not only of the characters, but of language itself: or rather, of the language the characters use to express their despair. The fact that Oedipus stumbles on the words “Daughter, sister…” reflects this breakdown of language. In Sophocles’ Philoctetes, there is a similar sense of shattered language, but here it is more a case of being abandoned by language, of language and civilisation being so intrinsic to each other that being left behind by one im...   [tags: Sophocles Philoctetes Essays]

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Sophocles' Oedipus

- In Sophocles’ Oedipus The King, King Oedipus of Thebes is confronted and strangely obsessed with the mystery of who killed Laios, the former king of Thebes, for a great plague has overtaken the city of Thebes because due to this murder. During his quest for the truth, he begins to discover that the answer to his query is also the answer to another disturbing mystery about himself, who am I. The work as a whole seems to be a study of the nature of the mystery and how its discovery brings out the true identity of Oedipus....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles]

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Sophocles' Anitgone

- Politicians are undoubtedly imperfect and essentially flawed like the rest of us. When we begin to put them high up on pedestals is when they begin to fall and disappoint the public. Luckily, for the country, they aren't tragically flawed, because they aren't tragic heros. Even the president makes mistakes. It is not, however, fair to ask all that we do of these figures cast into the public eye. Sophocles knew that humans were imperfect creatures, and therefore governments and rulers would be flawed by this accordingly....   [tags: Sophocles Antigone Greek Play]

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The Many Functions of Tiresias in Sophocles' Oedipus Rex

- The Many Functions of Tiresias in Sophocles' Oedipus Rex The minor role of Tiresias fulfills several chief purposes in Sophocles' Oedipus Rex, all of which are necessary in guiding the play through to its tragic ending and the completion of the prophecies. Tiresias primarily functions as the catalyst ultimately responsible for the provocation of Oedipus' venomous jealousy, a vital factor in the play's progression. The calm and confident Tiresias also acts as a foil for Oedipus through his dramatic difference in character, which allows the reader to see Oedipus for who he really is and realize that it was he who brought about his own downfall....   [tags: Sophocles Oedipus Rex]

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Sigmund Freud’s Interpretation of Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannus

- Sigmund Freud’s Interpretation of Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannus Throughout the years, there have been many interpretations of Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannus. However, one of the most interesting interpretations of the play would have to be one that uses the theories of Sigmund Freud to analyze the actions of the characters. The use of various aspects of Freudian theory such as the id, ego, superego, and the Oedipus Complex reveals Oedipus and his behaviors throughout the course of the play. In order to completely understand Oedipus and his actions, we must first understand the basics of Freud’s theories....   [tags: Sophocles Oedipus Tyrannus]

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The True Tragic Hero of Creon in Sophocles' Antigone

- The True Tragic Hero of Creon in Sophocles' Antigone There has always been a great debate over who is the true tragic hero in Sophocles' Antigone. Many scholars would stake claim to Antigone possessing all the necessary characteristics of a true tragic hero, but many others would argue that Creon holds many qualities as well. It is hard to discount Antigone as a tragic hero, because in fact, the play bears her name, but from careful reading, Creon meets Aristotle's criteria exactly and fits perfectly into the role....   [tags: Papers Sophocles Antigone Essays]

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The Tragedy Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- ... However, Antigone 's own tragedy was still unfolding. Through her proud and unrelenting character, Antigone is determined to give her brother a rightful burial, despite Creon 's edict. At first Antigone seeks the help of her sister, Ismene, but when she realizes the fear and submissive attitude Ismene possesses, Antigone disregards it as even an option, another example of perhaps Antigone 's tragic flaw, her own arrogance. As the tale continues, Antigone does indeed bury her brother, but is caught by Creon....   [tags: Sophocles, Oedipus, Tragic hero, Tragedy]

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Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and Sophocles' Oedipus the King

- Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and Sophocles' Oedipus the King      An overwhelming desire for personal contentment and unprecedented reputation can often result in a sickly twisted distortion of reality. In Sophocles' Oedipus the King, a man well-known for his intellect and wisdom finds himself blind to the truth of his life and his parentage. Arthur Miller's play, The Death of a Salesman, tells of a tragic character so wrapped up in his delusional world that reality and illusion fuse causing an internal explosion that leads to his undoing....   [tags: Salesman Miller Oedipus Sophocles Essays]

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The Tragedy Of Sophocles ' Oedipus Rex And Hamlet '

- ... The play arouses fear and pity for Oedipus when he realizes his error and resorts to the removal of his eyes. Of course, Oedipus lives in the end, exiling himself from Thebes to save his people, trapping himself with the horror of what has occurred. The continuing of playwrights’ adherence to Aristotle’s definition continues through to the time of Shakespeare, but even then the tragedy made its evolutions. Shakespeare’s Hamlet serves as a prime example of the change in tragedy that was marked by the works of Shakespeare....   [tags: Tragedy, Tragic hero, Poetics, Sophocles]

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Oedipus the King by Sopohocles

- Oedipus the King by Sopohocles Works Cited Not Included Throughout the play, Oedipus the King, Sophocles refers to site and blindness to relate attitudes and knowledge of the past. The irony of sight in this play can be marked by Oedipus’ inability to realize that which is evident to the reader. His extreme pride is his tragic flaw. It blinds him from the truth. Oedipus blinding himself symbolizes his increase of knowledge, his sensitivity, and gives him the ability to finally "see". He is now able to see the flaws of his hubris attitude, and the consequences of which his pride brought to him....   [tags: Oedipus King Sophocles Essays]

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Antigonem by Sophocles

- People are undisputedly faced with the challenge to grow and encounter headfirst all the unexpected changes life throws at them. Change, perhaps the solitary constant factor of life, drives people to make decisions that will be reciprocated with an unforeseen event. This principle of life is applied as an underlying web of the plethora of ironies throughout all of Antigone. Set in the age of reconstruction in Thebes, no doubt due to the aftershock of a war between brothers and their ongoing family curse, Sophocles’s constant use of irony in Antigone around Creon, the king of Thebes, indicates that the ironic nature of man contributes and lurks in their ultimate demise....   [tags: Play Analysis, Change]

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Antigone, by Sophocles

- The death of Antigone is truly a tragic episode in the Theban Plays, where she hung herself with a woven linen of her dress. By convention, her death would be characterized with feminine quality. However, Antigone, one of the few female characters in the book, possessed distinguishable female characteristics that are as remarkable as a male hero. Antigone was determined when she made up her mind to bury her brother. She was an agent of her words and took up the risks that accompanied to her deeds....   [tags: Character Analysis, Female Characteristics]

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Antigone by Sophocles

- In the book Antigone, Creon and Antigone can be considered as the tragic heroes of the play. Antigone is considered the tragic hero because of the characteristics she shows such as her ambition to defeat Creon, Creon shows more of the characteristics clearly. Creon is the king of Thebes. He is also Antigone's uncle. Creon became king after a fight between Eteocles and Polyneices. One may see Creon as a harsh and controlling ruler, but he is not good nor bad because he shows signs of both like when he wanted to give Eteocles a proper burial ....   [tags: story and character analysis]

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