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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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Pride As A Greek Tragedy Written By Sophocles

- Pride is defined in various ways. Depending on its cultural context, pride can be referred to a company of lions, the best of a group, or even a body decoration (“Pride”). However, people oftentimes think of pride as being “a high or inordinate opinion of one’s own dignity” (“Pride”). When used according to this definition, pride either has a negative or positive connotation, meaning it can be detrimental to oneself or beneficial to a person. A negative connotation of pride is best revealed in Antigone, a Greek tragedy written by Sophocles in 441 BC....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, Polynices]

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The Tragic Tragedy Of Sophocles ' Oedipus Rex

- The Greek play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles is known most famously for being an excellent portrayal of Greek tragedy. In the Poetics, philosopher Aristotle praises Sophocles for meeting his criteria of what makes up a perfect tragedy. The play follows an Aristotelian plot consisting of a scene of recognition, a reversal of situation and scenes of suffering. The play must also have the perfect tragic hero. They must be a superior individual without being too perfect, otherwise, their inevitable downfall would come across as unwarranted....   [tags: Sophocles, Tragedy, Oedipus the King, Oedipus]

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An Analysis Of Sophocles ' Antigone, Creon And Ismene

- The roles of women in society have been an ongoing issue for every society. While women had the roles of being housewives rather than being in the work place during our ancestors ' generations, they should not have to conform to the ideas put before them by men today due to the ever changing ideas of society, the concept of equality and men feeling threatened by strong-willed women. Sophocles’ Greek tragedy characters, Antigone, Creon and Ismene, revealed their views on this controversial topic....   [tags: Sophocles, Oedipus, Gender role, Religion]

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The Natural Right Of Freedom By Sophocles ' Antigone

- The natural right to freedom, though defended in society today, has not always been guaranteed (single word adverb). Racial inequality in America divided the people to the point of a civil war. Long after, men opposed those who sought suffrage for all genders and races. In both instances, individuals were not ensured the freedom to choose their leaders or to express their opinions without fear of punishment. This fear is not present in Antigone’s actions, depicted in Sophocles’ play Antigone, as she defies her uncle Creon’s rule over Thebes so she can give her fallen brother Polyneices a proper burial....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Creon, Oedipus at Colonus]

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Sophocles ' Antigone : The Greatest Civilization On Earth

- Around the time where Greece was known to be the greatest civilization on earth, many people used myths and stories as an extension of their belief because they were culturally significant and important. Ancient Greece was a male-dominated civilization that created laws which would benefit only those with power, which let to the suffering of those without power. The relationship of the sexes was very important, because it showed how men were more superior and woman were frowned upon because they were treated more like minorities....   [tags: Sophocles, Oedipus, Trojan War, Oedipus the King]

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Comparing Creon And Sophocles 's ' Oedipus ' And ' Antigone '

- Comparing the Character Creon in both Oedipus and Antigone Jodi Picoult once said “Some lessons can’t be taught. They simply have to be learned.”; in life what defines a person is what they become after they go through a series of trials and tribulations. Oedipus The King tells the story of a king who tries to outrun his fate and in the end self-banishes himself out of guilt leaving the kingdom of Thebes to Creon. The play starts with King Laius, who appoints Creon to rule in his kingdom while he consults the oracle at Delphi....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, 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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Comparison Of Hermann Hesse 's Siddhartha And Sophocles ' Antigone

- Society is constructed around organizations whether they are religious, political or based on a common denominator such as a hobby. Within these groups there are goals set in place by the members, including spreading the word of their God, getting a candidate from their party elected and making it to a championship game. At times these goals are not so clear-cut and can go over the line of what a member believes to be ‘right’. In both Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha and Sophocles’ Antigone, the main characters face challenging decisions in doing what they believe to be right, even when it is not the favored view of the majority, but in the end they follow their own beliefs despite the opinions of...   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Gautama Buddha]

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Sophocles ' Antigone - Divine Law And Human Law

- Ever imagine dying and not receiving a proper burial. If it were true that there is an afterlife you would be very disappointed and humiliated. But not every city or country believes in afterlife. In ancient Greece they believed that a proper burial granted access to Hades, the name of both the underworld and its king. In Antigone, Sophocles argues that religion and law should join together to harmonize society, but in reality the text demonstrates that society would collapse if they are both joined....   [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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Oedipus Rex Is A Greek Play Written By Sophocles

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

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

- The organization of downfall in Shakespearean tragedy borrows much from that of Greek tragedy. The points of variation between the two forms of the genre are often drawn not in tangible literary differences, but in premise of manner of downfall. One distinction observed between the two dramas is that of the roles of destiny or lack thereof. The disputed definition of hamartia helps explain and expand this. Either type of tragedy can be distinguished by the feature of a hamartia, a tragic flaw and ultimate determinant of a hero’s downfall, as being built on by an unavoidable force or event, as opposed to being directly caused by a hero’s wrongdoings, or vise versa....   [tags: Tragic hero, Poetics, Tragedy, Sophocles]

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The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Oedipus The King, Antigone, And Medea

- The Ancient Greek Tragedies was a way for poets to tell a story with a twist. A way for others to see that life isn’t perfect for anyone. People get the feeling that if someone is from money, or they have the best house, that their lives must be perfect. With the Ancient Greek Tragedies, Oedipus the King, Antigone, and Medea, the poems followed Aristotle’s ideas of a real tragedy and a tragic hero. “The tragic hero is a man of noble stature. The tragic hero is good but must fall due to some flaw, inordinate ambition, quickness to anger, a tendency to jealousy, or pride....   [tags: Tragedy, Sophocles, Euripides, Greek mythology]

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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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Sophocles ' Oedipus The Most Brilliant And Creative Writers Of His Time

- Sophocles ' play “Oedipus Tyrannus” is a dramatic murder mystery. His play includes incest, murder and self-enlightenment all leading into the main theme of fate. Athenians believed that fate is not left up to man, but that is provided solely on the whims of the gods. Because of his dramatic approach to his plays Sophocles was considered one of the most brilliant and creative writers of his time. Sophocles’ play “Oedipus Tyrannus” is about how Athenians view their gods and their fate. Athenians believed that their fate was not left up to man, but that is provided solely on the whims their gods....   [tags: Sophocles, Oedipus, Oedipus the King]

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Analysis Of ' Oedipus Rex ' By Sophocles And The Story ' Desiree 's Baby '

- With great power comes great responsibility. Power is the most desired material for the human race. Many indulge in it to gain fortune and control of others but this kind of abuse can lead to deadly retaliation. “Oedipus Rex” is about a man named Oedipus trying to lift a cursed plague by bringing to justice the man who killed the former king, Laius. “Desiree’s Baby” is about a woman and her marriage to a slave master turning sour. In the play “Oedipus Rex” by Sophocles and the story “Desiree’s Baby” by Kate Chopin both use Tragic Flaw, Situational Irony, and Climax to depict position of power as the tool of a noble and the poison of an arrogant person....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Oedipus the King]

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Analysis Of Sophocles ' Antigone And The Arabian Masterpiece The Thousand And One Nights

- Change is a universal theme: one that every nation, city, state, or person consistently does in order to better themselves. However, change can be seemingly unattainable to those who are suppressed by the laws and standards of society. People like women have experienced these hardships for hundreds of years and have only just begun to gain a right in society in last century so that they may have an opportunity to experience change. However, throughout history and literature there have been some examples of women who stand up against society in order to make a change....   [tags: Oedipus, Antigone, Literature, Sophocles]

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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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Sophocles ' Antigone : A Tragedy Based Around Themes That Deal With Fate

- Sophocles ' Antigone is a tragedy based around themes that deal with fate and one 's free will, undying determination, the role of a woman under the hegemony of her male ruler, and the contrasting types of power and rules among gods and mankind. Although Antigone is the apparent character of focus within the play, Creon is the one who mistakenly and (arguably) unwillingly establishes a hierarchical relationship between divine or natural law, θεμίς and written law, νόμος. Because Creon is a new leader, he must have the right to interpret θεμίς and impose absolute power in the name of mortal men in order to become a fearsome, forceful and persuasive ruler to validate his position to all those...   [tags: Sophocles, Oedipus, Law, Creon]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sophocles ' Oedipus, By Sophocles

- Oedipus, by Sophocles, was written around 441 B.C. Sophocles’ story is considered a Greek tragedy. Aeschylus is the person who coined the term, but “it was Sophocles who brought it to perfection” (Struck). Oedipus is one of the most famous classical dramas, and it is because of Aristotle the story reached that status. Aristotle stated his opinions in his book Poetics, which made it popular (Thorburne 384). In the story, Oedipus displays hubris when he defies the gods and runs away from his true fate which leads to his downfall....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Greek mythology]

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Sophocles ' Antigone : The Rights Of The State

- Antigone had the right to bury her. Her defiance of the decree instituted by the king, Creon, which prohibited her brother’s burial, was justified. In defense of Antigone’s position, one can argue against both divine law and the laws of the state. However, this is not what Antigone’s actions are about. Antigone’s decision to bury her brother was justified because respect for the deceased triumphs over the man-made laws of the state. Antigone’s choice was virtuous because it was the best decision for her family....   [tags: Oedipus, Creon, Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus]

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The Tragedy Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- The Tragedy of Antigone In the story of Antigone, Oedipus has already died, his two sons. Polyneices and Eteocles, left to contend for the throne of Thebes. In their contention for the throne, the two brothers slay one another, leaving Creon once again to be the acting regent of Thebes. With this power, Creon declares that Polyneices must be left to rot on the battlefield, the highest disgrace to any Greek. Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, is left torn between state of family, and in the end, chooses family over state....   [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 '

- There is no doubt that tragedy has changed considerably since Aristotle first wrote the definition of tragedy in his Poetics in Ancient Greece, but these changes raise the question of whether modern tragedy still fits the classical definition of tragedy. Tragedy has evolved greatly since the times of the classical tragedies, including Oedipus Rex and Hamlet, to the more modern forms of tragedy, as seen in The Hairy Ape and Death of a Salesman. Despite its evolution and deviation from Aristotle’s definition, modern tragedy holds by the same principles, and retains the same power and message expressed by Aristotelian tragedy....   [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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Oedipus by Sophocles

- Sophocles, one of Athens great ancient writers lived through the fifth century B. C. (496-406). In such period of time, theater was considered to be both a religious and civic event. Religious because it happened only twice a year in the honor of the god of wine and crops, Dionysus; civic because every Athenian citizen was invited to take part in the famous three days of drama. Each day, during those days, a tragic play was presented for the audience’s edification. Those plays featured some important mythical or legendary event the audience is familiar with....   [tags: philosophy, creek, aristotle]

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Antigone, by Sophocles

- In the play Antigone, by Sophocles, it is greatly apparent just within the first few exchanges between Ismene and Antigone that there are various social issues surrounding the women in ancient Greece. The play raises many gender and socially related issues especially when looking at the contextual background of the playwright and the representation of the women within the play. When the characters of the first scene begin their analog, it is important to note what they are actually saying about each other and what their knowledge of their own social status is....   [tags: women in acient greece, social issues]

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Antigone, by Sophocles

- In a democracy, people choose representatives to lead and govern them. However, these representatives might take unpopular steps. In such instances the people may show their disapproval of a policy and vent their grievances through acts of civil disobedience. Henry Thoreau said, “It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right.” It is both the right and responsibility of a person to fight an unjust law, and civil disobedience allows one to convey his thoughts and ideas in a passive, nonviolent way....   [tags: Civil Disobedience, Democracy]

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Sophocles' Antigone - Sophocles and Antigone

- Sophocles and Antigone Sophocles is an ancient Greek writer and philosopher, who wrote one of the greatest stories of all time Antigone.  Sophocles is also said to be one of the greatest minds in the ancient world. This paper talks about Antigone, achievements and times of Sophocles.       Sophocles was born about 496 BC at Colonus in Attica, near Athens and died 406 BC.  He lived in the most brilliant intellectual period of Athens.  Sophillus, his father, was a wealth Athenian citizen and gave him a sound education in music, gymnastics, and dancing.  He was well known as having a reputation for learning and esthetic taste.  He was well versed in Homer and the Greek lyric po...   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Antigone, by Sophocles

- In Sophocles’ play, Antigone, the main character uses rhetoric to effectively persuade her audiences to sympathize with her. In the play, Antigone’s brother, Polyneices, dies a traitor to the Theban people. The king, Creon, decrees that no one is to bury the traitor despite the necessity of burial for proper passing into the afterlife. Believing that Creon’s decree is unjust, Antigone buries her brother. When she is brought to the king, Antigone uses this speech in defense of her actions. In the speech, she uses allusion, diction, and particular sentence structure to increase the effectiveness of her argument....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Rhetoric]

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Antigone by Sophocles

- A Greek drama is a serious of actions within a literary presentation in which the chief character has a disastrous fate. Many Greek dramas fall under theatrical category of a tragedy due to the tragic events and unhappy ending that cause the downfall of the main character. During the famous play “Antigone” the Greek author Sophocles incorporated several features of a tragedy. These features include a morally significant dilemma and the presence of a tragic hero. Grand debate over which character can hold the title of the tragic hero has discussed in the literally world for ages....   [tags: greek drama, creon]

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The Role of Creon in Sophocles' Oedipus the King

- In this paper I will be making 3 major points about Creon. First I will explain the role Creon plays in this drama. Next I will explain some of the values Creon represents in this story. And for the last I will be examining how essential Creon is to the way this situation plays itself out. Other than the obvious roles Creon plays in this story (Jocasta’s brother and Oedipus’ brother-in-law), Creon plays a very big role and is a part of the most significant points in this drama. In the beginning of the story Creon visits the oracle at Delphi to find out what the curse on Thebes is being caused by....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles]

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Sophocles' Antigone

- Thebian play of Antigone has excited many debates over the years. The most prevalent being who exactly could be characterized as the tragic hero in the story. The argument that Antigone is the hero is deffinatly a strong one. There are many critics who believe that Creon, however, is the true protagonist of the play. In order to determine whether or not Creon is the tragic hero one must first examine what a tragic hero is. Aristotle states that a hero is neither purely innocent nor purely malevolent....   [tags: Sophocles Antigone]

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Sophocles ' Oedipus The King

- Good Morning/Afternoon, Tiresias, from “Oedipus the King” by the Ancient Greek playwright Sophocles, is a blind prophet and whilst he is only on the stage for a little time he plays a major role by what he does and what he represents. Tiresias enters the play after being summoned by Oedipus to tell him of the murderer of Laius, the recent King. Tiresias for the sake of Oedipus does not tell him the truth at the start saying that “what will come will come. Even if I shroud it all in silence”. In is conversation, Sophocles, uses Tiresias as a turning point in the plot as it is the beginning of Oedipus’ downfall....   [tags: Oedipus the King, Oedipus]

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Justice is Served in Antigone by Sophocles

- In the play Antigone, Sophocles writing can be very controversial. He explains different perspectives of justice through the fates of the characters in the play. Creon and Antigone both would claim to have the law and Gods on their sides. They bring acceptable evidence for their reasoning to be true for their thought of the right way to carry out justice. Creon is certain that his ability to be king will justify leaving Polynices unburied. On the other hand Antigone sees justice as the ability to bury her brother....   [tags: conflict, burial, moral]

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Oedipus The King By Sophocles

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

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Destiny in Sophocles’ Oedipus the King

- In ancient Greece, the purpose of drama was, according to various philosophers of the time, to present moral messages through the presentation of already well known narratives such as the story of Oedipus. In doing so, the dramas were dramatically ironic, and did, therefore, serve as a type of moral reminder to Dionysian festival attendees. In Sophocles’ Oedipus the King, Sophocles asserts that prophecy is unavoidable because the gods have been, and always will be, in control of destiny. During the time that Oedipus the King was written and performed, the fifth century B.C., Athens had made significant strides in art, architecture, economics, and academics—history and philosophy were in fa...   [tags: Prophecy, Drama, Greek]

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Oedipus the King by Sophocles

- Oedipus the King conveys many lessons that are relevant to people living today despite the fact that it was written by Sophocles twenty four centuries ago. Oedipus is a child destined to kill his father and marry his mother. During his life, he makes many mistakes trying to avoid his fate. These mistakes teach us about the nature of humans under certain circumstances. Oedipus possesses personality traits which causes him to make wrong decisions. Attributes like arrogance and his inability to make calm decisions in certain scenarios due to his anger causes his downfall....   [tags: creon, mystery, marry his mother]

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Pride in the Play Antigone, by Sophocles

- The great Saint Augustine once said, “It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels” (Enchiridion of Augustine chap. 27). Hubris “a great or foolish amount of pride or confidence”. This is a very important word in the play and for the characters. It is displayed in the play because it makes it more interesting in so many ways. Many of the conflicts are caused because of hubris. In a way it is good to have pride, but an excessive amount of pride can be harmful....   [tags: Tragedy, Prideful]

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The Play Oedipus The King by Sophocles

- The play, Oedipus the King, is a Greek tragedy by Sophocles, which takes place in the kingdom of Thebes.In the play “Oedipus the King”, Sophocles uses sarcasm in the form of Oedipus’ speech to the residents of Thebes, in his miserable and seemingly unavoidable fate, because the king accidently killed his own father and had incestuous relationship with his mother. All throughout the play, Oedipus the King, Sophocles shapes the entire story using dramatic irony. Fate and Fortune acted throughout with King Oedipus’s life again and again but could not avoid it from arising....   [tags: thebes, drama, tragedy]

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The Portrayal of Women in Antigone by Sophocles

- In Sophocles, Antigone portrays herself as strong and capable of making decisions for herself. Although her decisons are not always wise she does what she believes is the right thing to do, defining the law. Sophocles uses Isemene and Antigone to show the two different characteristics woman typically interpret. Woman in ancient Greece seemed to always follow the rules of men which is how Ismene is portrayed. Ismene is the weak and subordinate one. On the other hand as I mentioned Antigone is more strong and was not afraid to face consequences for disobeying mens laws....   [tags: consequences, morals, roles]

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Oedipus the King by Sophocles

- Oedipus the King, a tragedy which was written by the ancient greek dramatist Sophocles, is often referred to as the perfect tragedy (McManus, 1999). According to Aristotle in his Poetics, in order for a story to be considered a tragedy, it must be realistic, evoke a series of emotions leading to catharsis, which is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as “the process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions”. A tragedy should also contain six key elements: Plot, Character, Thought, Diction, Melody, and Spectacle (McManus, 1999)....   [tags: perfect tragedy, aristotle, greek]

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Fate and Choice in Sophocles Writing

- It seems as if Bernard Knox is inside Sophocles mind when he states that tragedy deals with, “the problem of man’s true stature, his proper place in the universe” because in Oedipus the King Oedipus is unable to control the situations he is put in but is accountable for his crimes. Fate plays a major role in the tragedy because Oedipus does not have control over the statements of the Oracle, even if he believes otherwise. Also the flaw of Oedipus that he believes he has certainty of knowledge because of how he was come to be raised is a result of fate and something he could not control....   [tags: knowledge, fate, choices]

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Themes in Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

- A prophecy of a boy who kills his father and marries his mother comes true in the story of Oedipus. Sophocles wrote Oedipus Rex, a play about a man who kills his father and marries his mother without realizing it. Oedipus leaves Corinth, the town he was raised in after being found hung by his ankles as a baby, and he kills his father, Laius, and his father’s servants. Then he arrives in Thebes and solves the riddle of the Sphinx, which he earns the ability to be ruler of Thebes and gets to marry Jocasta, his mother....   [tags: prophecy, ignorant, blindness]

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The Tragic Heros in Sophocles' Antigone

- In Sophocles' Antigone, the question of whom the real tragic hero comes into play. Antigone possesses all the aspects of a tragic hero. Creon possesses many qualities of a tragic hero, but doesn’t totally fit in the role. These traits include: not being overly “wholesome or corrupt”, being persistent in their actions, developing pity in the audience or reader- especially in the beginning of the story, and having a major flaw that is their ultimate downfall. Antigone possesses all of these traits therefore qualifying as the tragic hero....   [tags: immoral, heroine, death]

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Sophocles ' Oedipus The King Fate

- Oedipus the King Fate Sophocles’ play, Oedipus the King, can be called as one of the most famous works in the history of literature of the entire world. The play with all its aesthetic quintessence and artistic portraiture of the subject matter has triumphed over the scythe of time, and has been immortalized in the hearts of the avid readers or audience. The play stands out with its portraiture of the male protagonist, Oedipus, who was shown as a powerful man, yet so helpless at the mockery of fate....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Creon, Jocasta]

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Oedipus The King By Sophocles

- The Inevitable Fate Even the best leaders have a few flaws. In the play Oedipus the King by Sophocles, he showed that having flaws does not mean a person is a bad leader, it just means they are human and will make mistakes. Oedipus had received a prophecy when he was younger that he would harm his father and sleep with his mother. He left the city of Corinth, to avoid the prophecy and save his parents, and went to rule Thebes. Thebes King had just been murdered and Oedipus was determined to find the prior King’s murderer, but he soon found out he was the murderer....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, John F. Kennedy]

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