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Oedipus The King By Sophocles

- In life there are goals that people strive for, things they try to accomplish. However, at times there are obstacles that people cannot foresee. There are certain things in an individual’s life that is out of their control and will stop them from achieving their goal. In Sophocles play, Oedipus the king factors contributing to the protagonists ultimate demise are those of the Oracle, The first Shepherd and Oedipus himself. The Oracle is to blame for Oedipus’s demise as it contributes 50% to his downfall....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Jocasta]

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Sophocles´ Antigone and Euripides´ The Bacchae

- Sophocles’ Antigone and Euripides’ The Bacchae are indubitably plays of antitheses and conflicts, and this condition is personified in the manifestation of their characters, each completely opposed to the other. Both tragedians reveal tensions between two permanent and irreconcilable moral codes; divine law represented by Antigone and Dionysus and human law represented by Creon and Pentheus. The central purpose is evidently the association of law which has its consent in political authority and the law which has its consent in the private conscience, the association of obligations imposed on human beings as citizens and members of state, and the obligations imposed on them in the home as mem...   [tags: conflicts, divine law, nature law]

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The Catastrophe Of Oedipus By Sophocles

- The Catastrophe of Oedipus In the play, Oedipus Tyrannus, Sophocles, illustrates how fate and free will could determine one 's destiny. Sophocles is a well-known tragedian who wrote more than one-hundred Greek dramas for Greek festivals. While his plays entertained countless people in Greek carnivals in his plays also made his intended audience to become acquainted with Athens’ government, social forms as well as its’ religion. In this play the main character, Oedipus, is represented as a man of sudden action, honest, and great insight....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Jocasta, Delphi]

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The Danger of Love: Antigone by Sophocles

- The Danger of Love Nearly everyone experiences the feeling of love. Whether it’s for another person or for food, almost everyone feels love during their lifetime. In the play Antigone, the writer, Sophocles, illustrates a very important fact regarding love: love is our most important and most dangerous motivation for doing anything, and without moderation, love can be deadly. In Antigone, unmoderated love is prevalent throughout the play, and it is best demonstrated in three main characters: Antigone, Creon, and Ismene....   [tags: creon, ismene, dangerous love]

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Oedipus the King by Sophocles

- An avid reader has the tendency to question what promotes to haunt their inner most thought. Another reader is curious to what degree of uncertainty does one owe an unparalleled fear. Often an individual finds themselves in angst due to an unknowing of what comes next in the future. It is a perfectly rational fear shared amongst all their fellow men. However, what happens to be the most terrifying concept is one that only comes to fruition when it casts the dark shadow of reality. While the fear of the unknown seems to be scary, when that exact same unknown becomes known and is detrimental to an individuals current state of being, the true fear is acknowledged....   [tags: thebes, fear, truth]

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Oedipus The King, By Sophocles

- Within these two passages, Teiresias is explaining to Oedipus that the Prophecy admitted he killed his father. Oedipus is denying the fact that he killed his father and looking passed the problem. In the play Oedipus the King, written by Sophocles, Sophocles uses rhetorical devices to explain to the readers that Teiresias may be blind, but is seeing through the lie that Oedipus is living, while striking him the truth; this is explained through imagery, metaphors, an allusion, and ethos appeal. In the beginning, in which Teiresias is explaining to Oedipus, Teiresias is trying to convince Oedipus about the danger he has with Thebes at that moment....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Explanation, Tiresias]

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Oedipus The King, By Sophocles

- INTRO The actions taken by the citizens are purely based around fate, and in no way are related to doing things by choice. By knowing that the consequences of their actions are not controlled by themselves, the ancient Greek citizens realize that they will not be the cause of their problems, as fate takes over and controls the results of their actions, which ultimately leading to their downfall. There are many sources for the downfall of the characters, however, fate is uncontrollable and takes over any situation and causes problems....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Tiresias]

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Oedipus The King By Sophocles

- The play Oedipus the King by Sophocles is a drama of a heroic archetype struggling to find answers which creates many conflicts in the story which include man vs. man, man vs. himself, and man vs. supernatural. Oedipus, who is the King of Thebes is under pressure searching for who murdered King Laois. During his search the king must overcome many conflicts in order to find answers to the murder of King Laois and in the process uncovers more information about himself. Man vs. Man The entire man to man confrontation comes down to friendship and trust....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Jocasta, Creon]

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Oedipus: Do Not Try to Control Your Fate

- “Every man has his own destiny: the only imperative is to follow it, to accept it, no matter where it leads him.” In other words, the connotation of this anonymous quote states that despite whatever one chooses to decide, the outcome of their choices and decisions will still result to their predetermined fate. Sophocles’ tragedy, Oedipus the King, demonstrates this statement throughout the play in the role of his tragic hero Oedipus. In the course of Oedipus’ actions of trying to escape his predestined fortune, his fate and flaws of being human played major roles to bring about his downfall....   [tags: Sophocles]

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The Consequences of Arrogance in Antigone by Sophocles

- Steffi Graf stated, “You can have a certain arrogance, and I think that's fine, but what you should never lose is the respect for the others.” This quote helps me prove that there's no point in someone having a high status, if they don’t treat their people right. They'll just get disrespect in return and become a low status in their people’s hearts. In Sophocles tragic play Antigone, King Creon’s self importance and high level of arrogance caused many consequences in the drama such as death itself and miscalculations of choice making....   [tags: power, ignorance, ego]

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The Tragedy Of Sophocles ' Oedipus And Hamlet

- A tragic play is a combination of dramatic scenes that act out a tragic event and usually labors unhappy endings. The play would usually portray the downfall of the main character. According to Aristotle, “Every Tragedy therefore must have six parts, which parts determine its quality—namely, Plot, Character, Diction, Thought, Spectacle, Song.” Based on Aristotle’s definition, Oedipus and Hamlet are a good examples tragedy. They both have been developed with a strong Plot and Characters. According to Aristotle, Plot is considered to be “the soul of tragedy” and very important in a play....   [tags: Tragedy, Character, Poetics, Tragic hero]

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Irony From The Rye, And Sophocles

- Irony has been a major component of major works of literature for centuries. By definition irony is “a figure of speech in which words are used in such a way that their intended meaning is different from the actual meaning of the words” (“Irony”). There are various forms of irony that authors use such as situational, dramatic, verbal irony, etc. Irony also plays a tremendous role in theme, author purpose, and reader interpretation. Through various forms of irony J.D. Salinger, the author of The Catcher in the Rye, and Sophocles, the author of Oedipus the King, express ideas such as key themes and character traits that often change the opinions of the reader....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Irony]

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The Tragic Hero in Sophocles´Antigone

- In Greek tragedies, tragedians always establish a tragic hero who descends from grace due to a fatal flaw as well as someone who is of nobility. Moreover this character may also experience peripeteia, anagnorisis, and of course, a terrible ending (“Tragic Hero as Defined by Aristotle”). One Greek tragedy that involves a tragic hero is Sophocles’ Antigone which portrays two characters who strive for what they believe in, either state law or divine law, which leads to their demise. These two characters are King Creon and Antigone....   [tags: Flaws, Pride]

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Tragedy in Oedipus the King by Sophocles

- The play, “Oedipus the King” by Sophocles will show the tragic destiny of Oedipus; the King of Thebes. In the beginning, the play slowly starts to unfold until Oedipus realizes a mistake, and downwards spiral begins. The play will convey how “tragic power resides in human failing” (Walton). Although Oedipus did not intentional kill, his father and marry his mother. The author’s view of a tragic hero as seen in the play, “Oedipus the King” will exemplify Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero....   [tags: Destiny, Downfall, Greek]

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Hubris in Oedipus the King by Sophocles

- ... Frank Tassone was the former superintendent of Roslyn. Hubris was the reason for Dr. Frank Tassone’s downfall. Dr.Tassone is very arrogant and believes the “world revolves around him”. Dr. Tassone was taking the schools and the parents money. He did not think it was wrong to take their money. Dr.Tassone was blinded for money. Bernie Madoff was also filled with hubris and was blind for money. Bernie Madoff was an American stockbroker and investment advisor. Bernie Madoff loved and was obsessed for money....   [tags: arrogant, blind, pride, downfall]

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The Tragic Heroes Of Sophocles ' Oedipus

- Sophocles’ Oedipus is arguably one of the best tragic heroes in ancient literature, but does he conform to the Aristotelian criteria of tragic heroes. In his work Poetics, Aristotle details the characteristics that must comprise such a character, providing playwrights a strict criterion to follow when writing dramas. One character that is consistently mentioned along with this definition is the notorious Oedipus. Oedipus was the king of Thebes who slowly learned that he was responsible for the death of his father and was married to his own mother....   [tags: Tragic hero, Tragedy, Oedipus, Poetics]

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Oedipus The King by Sophocles

- According to Bernard Knox, “these attributes of divinity – knowledge, certainty, justice – are all qualities Oedipus thought he possessed – and that is why he was the perfect example of the inadequacy of human knowledge, certainty, and justice”. The lack of these qualities pushed Oedipus farther from the truth and closer to his great downfall. In Sophocles’ Oedipus the King, Oedipus’ tragic downfall was caused by his alleged certainty of knowledge, his rash actions and judgment, and his unwavering sense for justice....   [tags: tragedy, justice, prophecy]

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Consistency Leads To Destruction in Sophocles

- In his well known essay, Self-Reliance, famous writer Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do.” Put simply, the thought that Emerson is conveying is that too much consistency is not necessarily a good thing. Being too consistent with something means that no real effort is made. Things are done as they always have been, without someone trusting their own beliefs or opinions....   [tags: Plays]

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The Three Theban Plays by Sophocles

- Even though pride can be a good thing at times, it is hurtful, it is an emotion that can make or break someone. “Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.” (Manimtim-Proverbs 13:10). In Sophocles, The Three Theban Plays translated by Robert Fagles, advice is one thing both Creon and Oedipus did not want to hear from people. A wise man will make mistake, take advice and learn, but a fool will not, they will let their pride get in the way. When I think of Creon and Oedipus, I think of them as fools; even though they both become king, they still lost something in the end due to their arrogance and excessive pride....   [tags: pride, creon, wisdom]

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Oedipus Rex and Antigone by Sophocles

- It is said, “There is a fine line between arrogance and confidence.” As a leader or ruler those lines may be even more blurred than in regular society. In the plays Oedipus Rex and Antigone both written by Sophocles, Oedipus and Creon both have episodes of arrogance that take control of their judgment and become their downfall. However, it is not how they rule that is the problem, but rather how they deal with the adverse effects of the decisions after learning all of the facts. Moreover, their pride takes control of them consuming their emotions and not allowing them the necessary judgment needed to make better rational decisions....   [tags: blind pride]

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Sophocles Inequality of Gender Roles

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

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The Tragedy Antigone by Sophocles

- The play “Antigone” by Sophocles is a good tragedy and its quality can be supported by one of the most influential philosophers, Aristotle. Aristotle composed a list of criteria required for a good tragedy. This composition is called the “Theory of Tragedy”. This is a summary of qualities has withheld the test of time and can still be used to analyze a written tragedy. This summary breaks down the essentials for a good tragedy including specific requirements for plot, character, thought, dicition, chorus and spectacle....   [tags: plot, characters, diction]

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Oedipus The King By Sophocles

- Unfortunately, people can be “blinded” to the truth although the answers to their questions or solutions have always been manifested. Yet, they (Who do you mean by they?) have remained ignorant of the solution. In addition there has been many associations between being blind and enlightened. In Oedipus the King, Sophocles illustrates that those that are blind are the only one’s with the true vision because they have the power to see invisible things as well as the ability to see the scheduled subsequent....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Greek mythology]

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King Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

- Winston Churchill once said “It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link of the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.” Throughout the story of Oedipus Rex we see continuing theme of sight and blindness, not only in a physical aspect but in a more universal theme of trying to see and navigate one’s own destiny. King Oedipus Rex is a man that has be told of his future of killing his father and sleeping with his mother. In “seeing” this he makes an attempt to change what he thinks is true, when in reality he knows nothing and his blindness to this inevitably succumbs him to what is foretold....   [tags: blindness, knowledge, mother fixation]

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Analysis of Antigone by Sophocles

- In the play “Antigone” by Sophocles we the reader are presented with the tragic events that befell that of Antigone (the character) when he tried to do right by the laws endowed by the gods. These laws would inevitably clash with the royal edict King Creon asserted (no one was to “grace him with sepulture or lament, but leave him unburied…Antigone 11). In the play Antigone becomes the embodiment of the natural laws; endowed upon by the gods, and those who oppose these laws will eventually buckle but only when all has been lost....   [tags: gods, law, tragic events]

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Oedipus The King, By Sophocles

- Pride comes before the fall because it is pride that blinds people to the truth of who they are. The flaws of Oedipus are chronicled in Sophocles play Oedipus the King, written in 430 B.C. It starts out with Oedipus solving the riddle of the sphinx, making him king of Thebes. Since he solved this mystery he is called on once again to solve their problems. He discovers that the solution is to find and banish the murder of Laius. It’s eventually found that Oedipus was the murder. It was his pride caused the killing and then denying the thought that he could have done it while he attempted to find the killer....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Pride]

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Freud and Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus

- Were we to temporarily embrace the theories of Freud in our analysis of Oedipus Tyrannus and subsequent plays, we would find ourselves with an incestuous protagonist, so mad in his quest to power that he seeks to kill his father and will stop at nothing to achieve this. It is where Freud misconstrues the very essence of the play that the audience is intended to find its meaning. Were Oedipus aware of his actions throughout the course of the story there would have been no story. Never once was he in the conscious pursuit of his father’s death or mother’s marriage bed, and upon hearing of his own actions falls into crippling despair....   [tags: Oedipus Tyrannus]

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Antigone and Oedipus by Sophocles

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

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Antigone and Oedipus by Sophocles

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

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Understand Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

- Many great thinkers, philosophers, artists, and scientists have made a single work of Greek tragedy a central piece, or a supporting pillar their theories. Oedipus Rex is the center to a trilogy of plays written by Sophocles, which includes Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone. Oedipus Rex has surpassed these other works for a number of reasons, most probably because out of the three it provides the clearest example of a classic tragedy. In this paper first we will first describe the play itself. Then we will examine the piece as it relates to performance work, which will involve looking briefly at the conventions of theater during ancient Greece....   [tags: greek, antigone, colonus]

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Oedipus the King by Sophocles

- Oedipus the King, was a play by Sophocles, it takes place in the city of Thebes. The city swept with a plague, it was just like the one in Athens (Kennedy 710). The plague encourages Oedipus to find and exile the man who murdered Laios, the former king. Throughout the play Oedipus portrays his ignorance and innocence, but then he begins to question his upbringings and realizes the truth about his life. “...Oedipus gets his name through a complex pun. Odia means “to know” (from the root vid-, “see”), pointing to the tale’s contrasting themes of sight and blindness, wisdom and ignorance” (Kennedy 710)....   [tags: thebes, plague, athens]

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Oedipus the King by Sophocles

- ... Now Oedipus attention is take by the comment regarding his parents. Teiresias continues to speak in riddles continuing to upset Oedipus until he tells the page to lead him away. Teiresias does not leave until he speaks, Teiresias. The man you have been looking for all this time, The damned man, the murder of Laios, That man is in Thebes. To your mind he is foreign-born, But it will soon be shown that he is in Theban, A revelation that will fail to please. A blind man, Who has his eyes now; a penniless man, who is rich now; And he will go tapping the strange earth with his staff; To the children with whom he lives now he will be Brother and father – the very same; to her Who bore him, son...   [tags: play analysis]

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Oedipus the King by Sophocles

- ... He then realizes the truth that he slept with his mother. Since he completed a terrible deed he couldn’t tolerate it and longer and made himself blind to the knowledge of not searching for the truth. By competing these deeds as fate he feels that his fate that was there is no longer part of him. Likewise, having guilt from what he did cause the death of his mother and him gouges and ending up blinding his eyes. By Oedipus acting with fate with his own decisions led him down a path he never thought he would live in....   [tags: theme, symbolism, imagery]

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Oedipus the King by Sophocles

- Oedipus the King is a great epic, written by Sophocles that discusses Oedipus’ journey to find his own identity. Most importantly, this epic challenges even the noblest of human beings by portraying a theme between personal convictions versus the force of fate. Throughout his journey, Oedipus encounters these challenges through several oracles, in which he has a difficult time interpreting and accepting. Nevertheless, King Oedipus, being a man with great curiosity and determination, seeks for these answers and makes an attempt to alter his own fate....   [tags: ancient Greek drama, play analysis]

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Sophocles' Antigone: A Great Tragedy

- ... The civil law is Creon's decree preventing Polyneices from having a proper burial, and the divine law is the belief a person must undergo a proper burial to experience the afterlife. Creon chooses the worst punishment imaginable and wants Polyneices to rot because of his treason. Creon plays the role of God by deciding who can and cannot experience the afterlife, and he uses civil law to overrule divine law. This draws sympathy toward Antigone's situation. Antigone fears Polyneices will suffer for eternity if she does not act....   [tags: decisions, devine law, loyalty]

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Tragic Hero: Oedipus by Sophocles

- After reading the play Oedipus by Sophocles and noting that Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero is someone of high estate who has a fatal flaw and falls from their lofty position. (Kennedy and Gioia 856) I felt compelled to write about Oedipus because he seems to exemplify Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero. Oedipus is the perfect example of a tragic hero because he is a noble of high estate and has a fatal flaw of Arrogance and pride. What comes out right away is that Oedipus is of noble decent....   [tags: Flaw, Pride]

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Oedipus The King By Sophocles

- Throughout the centuries, the play entitled Oedipus the King written by the Poet Sophocles has been thematically understood as a tragedy with the title character prophesied as a pitiful victim of fate or a pawn of the gods, with little or no control over his life. However, some scholarly reviews of this play contend that Oedipus was stereotypical of the individual that chose to pursue the truth to its conclusion with the full knowledge that their choices could either bring great joy or great heartbreak....   [tags: Oedipus, Jocasta, Greek mythology]

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Oedipus The King By Sophocles

- Oedipus the King by Sophocles This research essay will be about the myth Oedipus the King. Even Oedipus can possibly change his fate, but he still leads himself to the destruction due to his arrogant and stubbornness. There are so many things Oedipus can possibly do differently to avoid fulfilling the prophecy of the oracle. The story of Oedipus can apply to our everyday lives in many ways. Life is a long chess game and our opponent is the ruthless fate. Some of us think twice, maybe even three times more before we make our moves....   [tags: Oedipus, Jocasta, Sphinx, Oedipus the King]

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Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

- Ancient Athens of the fifth century B.C saw evolutionary developments in philosophy, science and the dramatic arts of which provided citizens a very different perspective of life as it was. It was a patriarchal society which has been ruled by an Aristocratic system for hundreds of years that centred their ideals and beliefs not on individualism, but utterly the power of the gods. However in the Golden Age society’s devotion towards piety began to crumble as humanity started to examine the power of man’s achievements....   [tags: ancient athens, philosophy]

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Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles

- “My parents are really well intended, and I think their way of dealing with things is denial and guilt. Nobody wanted to talk about it. But all I did was blame myself.” This quote, from actress Teri Hatcher about her own childhood also relates to Oedipus’s situation from Oedipus Rex by Sophocles. Sophocles‘ Oedipus Rex tells the story of a monarch named Oedipus whowho becomes the unfortunate victim of circumstances beyond his control. In Oedipus Rex, Oedipus‘ downfall is not a result of excessive hubris or his actions, but rather his parents’ disgraceful actions and uncontrollable aspects of fate....   [tags: Summary, Fate, Character Actions]

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Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

- The tragic display of the life of Oedipus in Sophocles’ masterful work, Oedipus the King, flawlessly encompasses the consequences of fate and our obliviousness towards the future. As clarified by Bernard Knox, tragedy contends to “the problem of man’s true stature, his proper place in the universe”. Oedipus’s crimes against his family were not only fated to transpire, but they were outside of his control. Oedipus’s certainty of knowledge, his decisions based on this certainty, and cursed fate led to his inability of altering his future, therefore ensuring the prophecy....   [tags: fate, decisions, prophecy]

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Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles

- “For whoever exalts himself will be humbled” Matt 23:12 Does tragedy bring anything good. Tragedy brings, to some, complete humility. To others they obtain that suffering is inevitable in life. Though suffering, outlook is changed and wisdom is obtained. This theme is evident in Sophocles “Oedipus Rex.” This plays central thesis is about a terrible curse sent upon the Thebes king, Oedipus, and how he deals with the confrontation, he is the “most accursed man.” Oedipus, until he finally believed in his tragedy, had excessive pride....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Tragedy]

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Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles

- Does tragedy bring anything good. Tragedy brings, to some, complete humility. To others they obtain that suffering is inevitable in life. Through suffering, outlook is changed and obtained is wisdom. This theme is evident in Sophocles “Oedipus Rex.” This plays central thesis is about a terrible curse sent upon the Thebes king, Oedipus and how he deals with the confrontation, that he is the “most accursed man.” Oedipus before his tragedy had excessive pride. Nothing would make him understand his arrogance at finding fault with everyone else, except himself....   [tags: Thematic Analysis, Tragedy]

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Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

- Greek play writer Sophocles believes human understanding has evident limits, proven accordingly in context to Sophocles works such as Oedipus Rex. There is an abundance of arguments that can be constructed in consideration to what certainty and proof can be formulated from this particular claim, pulling from the reading one could comfortably confirm that the prominent extent of an individuals understanding is related to everything they are thought from a young age. The protagonist in the play know as Oedipus lives much of his life as a cocky reigning king of Thebes, he is firm in his belief and knowledge that under no circumstance , that he is the murderer of the previous king....   [tags: human understanding, sin]

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Kind Oedipus by Sophocles

- King Oedipus – Essay Sophocles’ King Oedipus, first performed in 429 B.C., the year Pericles passed away, was an Ancient Greek Tragedy, written in accordance with Aristotle’s notions of classical tragedy as depicted in his great work on aesthetics, Ars Poetica. The conventions of tragedy used varied greatly, ranging from plot events to characterisation, and, these conventions were exploited by the great Sophocles to arouse strong emotions of pity and fear in such a way as to accomplish a catharsis....   [tags: ancient, greek, tragedy]

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Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles

- In “Oedipus the King,” an infant’s fate is determined that he will kill his father and marry his mother. To prevent this heartache his parents order a servant to kill the infant. The servant takes pity on the infant and gives him to a fellow shepherd, and the shepherd gives him to a king and queen to raise as their own. The young prince learns of the prophecy and flees from his interim parents because he is afraid that he is going to succeed. The young prince eventually accomplishes his prophecy without even knowing he is doing it....   [tags: Oedipus the King]

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Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles

- Fate cannot be controlled. No matter what someone tries, no matter what someone does, no matter what someone believes they have accomplished, they have not controlled fate. In the play Oedipus the King, by Sophocles, fate was opposed with the notion of self-determined destiny. Duplicity, Calamity, and hyper-reality: these all were results of Oedipus knowing too much, yet at the same time, too little of his true lot in life. Though fate had granted him with the knowledge of his fate, he was missing the tiny, yet crucial piece of information of when the prophecy had been fulfilled....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Fate]

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Oedipux Rex by Sophocles

- “For whoever exalts himself will be humbled” Matt 23:12 Does tragedy bring anything good. Tragedy sometimes teaches humility. Some people recognize that suffering is inevitable in life. To others, nevertheless, they ask themselves why this is happening to them and become bitter. Their outlook on life is changed. This theme is evident in Sophocles “Oedipus Rex. The central thesis of this play is about the terrible curse sent on Oedipus, the Thebes king, and how he deals with the discernment, he is the “most accursed man.” At the beginning of the play, Oedipus sole purpose was to find the murderer of the late Thebes’s king....   [tags: tragedy, suffering, tiresias]

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Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

- Well known is the phrase, “facta, non verba,”- yet it is oft observed that deeds are defended by their doers with discourse. Persuasive oration is prominent in, ‘Crito,’ and is present in another piece from circa the same time-, ‘Oedipus Rex.’ These works of Plato and Sophocles share undoubtable similarities; discernible in both is the ways in which the protagonists attempt to justify their actions, with both raconteurs employing perspicacious reasoning, supposedly sacrosanct support, and suaveness to warrant their acts and assumptions....   [tags: facta, non verba, crito]

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Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

- The central theme of Sophocles’s Oedipus Rex is the mortal sins of murder and incest. Mortal sin reappears throughout this tragedy as Oedipus commits crimes within the kingdom of Thebes, in an attempt to prevent the oracle from coming true. In his infancy, Oedipus’s birth parents received an oracle that their son would grow up to kill his own father. This prophecy leads them to abandon their son; however, once Oedipus becomes an adult, he is informed of the oracle and flees Corinth to protect his adopted parents....   [tags: thebes, mother, family]

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Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

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

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Actions, Characters and Hubris in Sophocles Antigone

- Antigone is the daughter of Oedipus. Antigone lives in a village named Thebes. The play Antigone displays Sophocles dramatic skills. Sophocles is a famous Greek writer who defines the golden age of classical Greek drama in the fifth century B.C. In the prologue of Antigone, Antigone pleads with her sister for her life. Antigone asks for Ismene’s help to bury their brother Polyneices (“Antigone”). After Oedipus dies Polyneices and Eteocles is supposed to share the throne. Eteocles never let Polyneices on the throne....   [tags: Literacy Analysis ]

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Oedipus the King

- Sophocles’ use of irony is amongst the greatest of all time, as demonstrated masterfully in Oedipus the King. He displays both ambition and understated humour by using irony in diverse ways, both cosmic and dramatic, as well as verbal irony to add a greater level of wit. Every word spoken holds great symbolic weight and those words contribute to a narrative that reflects the gods plans. Adversely the work of Johnathan Swift takes the form of a social satire, combining economic arguments with a sociopolitical commentary to reflect the tragedy of the people....   [tags: Sophocles]

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Electra by Sophocles: Chrysothemis The Forgotten Sister

- In the story of Electra, Chrysothemis “is in many ways the invisible woman” (Choate 183). As stated by Amber Jacobs, “her name has been committed to our mythical corpus, yet with a seeming insignificance” (Jacobs 179). Sophocles is the only Greek playwright who mentions her in his version of Electra’s tale. As the tale goes, Chrysothemis was viewed as the obedient daughter, and in an effort to uphold the story of Electra as well as the social norms of the time, Sophocles depicts Chrysothemis as the perfect daughter — dainty, modest, and obedient....   [tags: freedom, obedience, hero]

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Sophocles' Use of Social Commentary in Antigone

- Art has the power to reach people across space and time. Although artists primarily use creative media to disseminate their ideas and emotions to a contemporary audience, great art has the ability to reach whoever appreciates it no matter their origin. In Antigone, Sophocles does this by creating a fictionalized Thebes in which he reflects upon the politics, religion, and societal norms of his own world. He creates a ruler, Creon, whose tyrannical actions serve to promote the merits of democracy and criticize the contemporary government....   [tags: ancient Greek tragedies]

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Free will and Determinism in Oedipus the King by Sophocles

- ... Oedipus’s self-important quality causes him to irrationally handle the news that he is the murderer. This leads to bogus claims and accusations against Tiresias and Creon. In creating dissension within his kingdom he is merely proving how blind to the truth he actually is. He is also putting his life at risk, in the event Creon decides to make a political move, such as a coup d’état. Overall, we once again see how Oedipus’s blindness to the truth perpetuates his fate and furthers him on his path of downfall....   [tags: creon, greeks, autonomy]

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The Use of Dramatic Irony in Sophocle's Oedipus the King

- The Use of Dramatic Irony in Sophocle's Oedipus the King Tragedy as an element of the human experience has been the subject of many of the great works of literature written in the Western tradition. For some, tragedy embodies the highest form of humanity. It is through suffering that we are able to reveal ourselves most completely. Others see tragedy as an element of morality where we are to learn well the lessons of those who tempt the gods. The Ancient Greek philosopher, Aristotle, outlined a theory of tragedy as archetypal drama in his classic work, the Poetics....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles]

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Sophocles’ Idea of Fate in Oedipus Rex

- President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed “Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds” (Quote Details). It is believed that if a chain of events has been prophesied, then that person's choice and free will lead them inescapably to what has been predicted for their destiny. The idea that fate is the most powerful force on men, is essential to this play Oedipus the King. Perhaps the most incontrovertible instance of fate in this play is that of the prophecy made regarding Oedipus's birth; Oedipus was destined to kill his father and sleep with his mother “no matter what he or anyone else might do to prevent it and quite apart from the circuitous causal route that it t...   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Dramatic Irony in Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

- In his work of Oedipus Rex, Greek poet Sophocles had succeeded in weaving dramatic irony into the storyline applicable to multiple situations. Dramatic irony is a plot device in which the audience’s knowledge of events or individuals surpasses that of the characters. Such examples of the use of dramatic irony in this play include; Oedipus’ going to Thebes to find the murderer of the late king Laius, the term from which his name is derived, and his attempt to escape Corinth and his fate. Whilst turning poems into an interacting play between not two but three people, Sophocles assisted in the evolution of classical Greek drama called “lèei”, which means telling, to “práxi”, which translates to...   [tags: Tragedy, Greek]

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The Corrupt Nature of Mankind in Sophocles´ Antigone

- The Corrupt Nature of Mankind in Sophocles’ Antigone Creon’s rash decisions and arrogant nature is the main problem for the corruption of mankind. The nature of mankind, as portrayed in Sophocles’ Antigone is corrupt in existence, thought, and knowledge. Creon is the main reason for this corruption. His arrogance and pride led him to make unjust laws. Creon rejected the thought of giving Polynices, the brother of Antigone and Ismene, a proper burial. Instead he left his body to rot and be scavenged by vultures....   [tags: Creon, corruption, Polynices, unjust laws]

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Oedipus as King of Thebes: Antigone by Sophocles

- The effect of pride is the centers piece of man’s perpetual role in his own destruction. This is illustrated by various characters’ such as Creon in Antigone by Sophocles, Oedipus in Oedipus the King by Sophocles and the Trojans in the Aeneid by Virgil. In the Antigone we see the consequence of one’s pride and desire for power take hold, when Creon decides to punish Antigone for disobeying the law off the land and proving Polynices with a burial. The disregard for any form of sympathy would eventually come to hunt Creon, in a reversal of fortune that would see him loose not only his power but his family as well....   [tags: trojans, greeks, pride]

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Seeing the Truth in Sophocles´ Oedipus the King

- Throughout Oedipus the King, by Sophocles, there are many references to sight, blindness, and seeing the truth. Characters, such as Tiresias, are able to accurately predict what Oedipus’ fate will be through their power to see the truth in a situation. Oedipus maintains a pompous and arrogant personality throughout the play as he tries to keep control of the city of Thebes and prove the speculations about his fate as falsities. Ironically, although Tiresias is physically blind, he is able to correctly predict how Oedipus’ backstory will unfold, while other characters, such as Jocasta and Oedipus are oblivious to the truth even though they can physically see....   [tags: fate, sight, blindness, predict]

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The Immense Character Development in Antigone by Sophocles

- ... Her excessive pride to save her brother results in chaos for herself as well as those around her. Love and bravery for her family is a key factor for her determination to give her brother a proper burial. She shows immense loyalty and will power as she fights for her family name. Her endurance is extraordinary as she declares "Naturally. Since Zeus never promulgated such a law, nor will you find that Justice, Mistress of the world below, publishes such laws on humankind. I never thought your mortal edicts had such force they nullified the laws of heaven..." (Sophocles 38)....   [tags: pride, downfall, growth]

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A Book Log - Oedipus Rex By Sophocles

- Book Log – Oedipus Rex by Sophocles In the play, Oedipus Rex the main character Oedipus faces many internal and external conflicts that result in a terrible tragedy. The main conflict is introduced when Tiresias, a famous blind prophet, tells Oedipus that he is responsible for the plague affecting Thebes. This conflict then causes a desire in Oedipus to find out who his parents are. These conflicts are caused by each other, the plague that affects Thebes prompts Oedipus to visit Tiresias where he gets the urge to find out who his real parents are....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Greek mythology]

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Sophocles's Play 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 will also discuss how each character justifies his or her actions and what arguments they give for their justifications. Finally, I talk about who Sophocles believes is right as opposed to whom I believe is right. The main source of conflict between Antigone and Creon is the issue of the burial of Antigone's dead brother, Polyneices. Both of her brothers were killed in battle; however one brother fought against their home city and was considered a traitor....   [tags: source of conflict between title characters]

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Creon and His Downfall in Sophocles´ Antigone

- Antigone was a short play about a girl who was unafraid to carry out an honorable act despite the harsh punishments that would occur for doing so. Sophocles, the author of Antigone, wrote this tragedy. Antigone was the protagonist who went against the law that her cruel uncle, Creon, enforced. This law stated that nobody was allowed to touch Antigone’s dead brother, Polyneices’, body. Creon’s horrid decisions, paranoia, and pride are directly responsible for the state of the city at the end of Antigone....   [tags: honorable, tragedy, law, decisions, pride]

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Film Adaptation of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex

- ... Sir Tyrone Guthrie makes sure that everyone who has information belonging to the murder of King Laius or Oedipus true parents comes to Oedipus rather than him seeking the information. This shows how all the answers are being fed to Oedipus but he does not make any sense of it. Creon foreshadowed Oedipus downfall when he explained that “time alone shows a just man, though a day can show a name” which led to Oedipus gauging out his eyes for the wrong doing he did (Guthrie, Oedipus Rex, 33:13)....   [tags: blind by ignorance, truth, tragic play]

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The Tragic Tragedy Of Sophocles ' Oedipus Rex '

- The Oedipus is essentially a tragic analysis. Everything is already there, so it needs only to be extricated. Schiller to Goethe, 1797 We all know that Oedipus killed his father and slept with his mother, and that when he discovered who he had killed and who he had married, he blinded himself. But Sophocles’ tragedy Oedipus Rex does not show us the killing or the wedding. It shows us only the process by which Oedipus discovers “who he is” and it then reports two actions consequent upon that discovery: Oedipus’ mother/wife Jocasta hangs herself and Oedipus stabs out his eyes....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Sigmund Freud, Jocasta]

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The Tragic Hero Creon in Antigone by Sophocles

- ... Ismene then continues by saying, “Think how much more terrible than these, our own death would be if we should go against Creon, and do what he has forbidden!”(Prologue, 44-46). Based off of Ismene’s response to Antigone, one can conclude that she, as well as the majority of the people in Thebes, was afraid of Creon. Furthermore, Creon going against the gods leads up to the tragic events which later take place and make him a tragic hero. Although Creon was the King of Thebes, he had no power to disobey the gods....   [tags: power, pride downfall]

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Sophocles' Oedipus Rex

- Greek mythology frequently has a superior ruler, a ruler that figures out difficult circumstances with superior intellect. Sophocles' "Oedipus the King" is no different. Before Oedipus arrives in Thebes, the Sphinx haunted the city by asking travelers her dark riddle "What walks on four legs in the morning, on two at noon, and on three in the evening?" With simplicity, Oedipus solves the riddle, destorys the Sphinx, marries his mother, and takes the throne. Although Oedipus figures out the riddle with ease, he also cannot comprehend that the riddle has much to do with his own life....   [tags: infant, man, elder, greek mythology]

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A Struggle with Fate in Oedipus the King by Sophocles

- ... The story begins with a priest coming to King Oedipus with grave details of the city of Thebes' tribulations. He pleads with Oedipus to help relieve their sufferings. Creon, sets Oedipus on a mission to find truth. He tells the king that the city is being punished for sheltering the murderer of King Laius. Oedipus gives a speech to address the concerns of the people. This speech is full of irony, starting with Oedipus' statement "...speaking as one who has no connection with this affair, nor with the murder." The irony here, being that he is the murderer....   [tags: prophecy, murderer, pursuit]

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Conflict in The Greek Tragedy Antigone by Sophocles

- ... Since Polyneices lead the rebellion, Creon saw it in Thebes’s best interests to punish him as the traitor he was. In doing so, Creon acted decisively, and ignored Polyneices’s relationship with him, as well as the effects the edict would have on him and his family. One could argue that Creon only passed the edict because he favored Eteocles, and wanted to disgrace Polyneices; furthermore, since Polyneices was dead, he could no longer be a threat to Thebes, and punishment would be unnecessary....   [tags: thebes, rebellion, creon, Polyneices ]

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Fate And Free Will : Oedipus The King Of Sophocles

- “Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another”. This quote by Napoleon Hill signifies that whatever we do or say will have an impact on the people around us. This also shows how fate and free will can tie into influence. Whether it be a higher power deciding your life for you or choices that people make. Fate means being influenced by a higher power to fulfill your fate. Where free will is defined as having a personal choice for your behavior....   [tags: Oedipus the King, Oedipus, Tiresias, Jocasta]

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Fate Is Responsible For The Downfall Of Sophocles ' Oedipus

- In the ancient Greek society, fate played a big role in people’s daily lives. The people believed in the powers of the gods and goddesses, as well as the prophecies and oracles. In Oedipus Rex, Sophocles built up suspense of this story by many factors that eventually led to the downfall of Oedipus and caused this tragedy to happen. However, fate is responsible for Oedipus’s tragedies because the actions he took in this play, were all motivated by his attempt to avoid the fate. Former King Laius was told that by fate: he would be killed by his own son, Oedipus....   [tags: Oedipus, Jocasta, Greek mythology]

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Sophocles´ Oedipus Rex: A Tragic Hero

- Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles, tells the tale of Oedipus, a tragic hero. Oedipus sets out to rid his city, Thebes, of the plague by finding the murderer of Laius. However, along the way, he finds that he was the one that killed Laius and married the widowed queen Jocasta, his mother. Because of Oedipus’ high rank, high morals, flaws, recognition, and there being reversals and a catharsis within the play, Oedipus is classified as an Aristotelian tragic hero. Because of his high status in society and his high morals, Oedipus can be considered a tragic hero....   [tags: morals, flaws, recogition]

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Sophocles' Great Tragedies: Oedipus and Antigone

- Sophocles, one the most famous ancient Greek playwrights, composed two Greek tragedies that have survived to today. Oedipus the King and Antigone are Sophocles’ most well-known dramas. These two plays emphasize the catastrophic events that take place following a series of incidents and decisions. Throughout the two plays the audience is continuously uncovering details that will eventually lead to the downfall of the main characters. By comparing the two plays, one can identify similar aspects of the plays that would eventually lead to the characters downfalls....   [tags: intentions, defiance, fate]

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The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Oedipus The King

- According to Aristotle 's theory of tragedy and his definition of the central character, Oedipus the hero of Sophocles is considered a classical model of the tragic hero. The tragic hero of a tragedy is essential element to arouse pity and fear of the audience to achieve the emotional purgation or catharathis. Therefore, this character must have some features or characteristics this state of purgation. In fact, Oedipus as a character has all the features of the tragic hero as demanded by Aristotle....   [tags: Oedipus, Tragic hero, Tragedy, Family]

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The Important Role of Pride in Sophocles' Antigone

- In the novel Antigone by Sophocles, there is much betrayal in the novel, that a enormous quantity of the novel is generally about family, pride, and a drastic amount of drama. In the novel Antigone, the king Creon who was passed the thrown from Etocles because his brother Polynecies killed him for the ruling of Thebes but they both ended dying and Creon does not let anyone bury the body of Polynecies because he was a trader fighting against his brother and Thebes. Antiogone who is the sister of the brothers disobeys Creon and his order....   [tags: literary analysis, analytical essays]

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Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles - Questions and Answers

- 1. "What makes Oedipus a tragic hero. What makes his predicament fascinating rather than merely horrifying. From the very beginning of Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, the reader is able to identify Oedipus, the play’s protagonist, as a renowned hero. The prologue consists of a passage which boasts of his wise and powerful rule in the past and how the people greatly depend on him for future safety and good fortune (DiYanni 960-961). As the story progresses, however, it becomes apparent that Oedipus is more specifically a tragic hero....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Character]

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The Tragic Criteria Present in Antigone by Sophocles

- A tragic story has its own occur of events. The main factors that always end a tragedy is through conspiracies, love, or hatred. In the story Antigone written by Sophocles, it demonstrates a tragedy filled with consequences to the characters. Antigone shows similarities to Aristotle’s paradigm because of the plot, characterization, and actions that were pursued throughout this story. In Aristotle’s Poetics, he puts his view of how a tragedy should be portrayed to make the concept of it more understandable towards the audience....   [tags: greed, pity, characters]

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