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  • Oedipus - 731 words
    Oedipus is a play written by Sophocles that many have heard. Few, however, would not be surprised to discover what Oedipus has discovered at the end of the play, that our tragic hero has killed his own father only to marry his mother. Many ask how this play could be a tragedy? What is the definition of tragedy? Aristotles The Poetics, is a work in which he tried to define what tragedy was. Aristotle decided that the hero, or at least the main character in a tragedy must be centrally good, but must bring about himself his demise, due to a fatal flaw, known as hamartia. The character must show traits of nobleness . Were the character not noble, the audience would not care about the person, and ...
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  • The Character Change Of Oedipus - 1,859 words
    The character Oedipus in Sophocles drama Oedipus the King goes through an unfortunate but necessary character change. From a prideful, heroic king at the beginning of the play, to a tyrant in denial towards the middle, and finally to a fearful, condemned man, humbled by his tragic fate, Oedipus change personifies that which makes an unforgettable drama. When Oedipus is first introduced, he appears to be a confident, valiant hero and reasonably so. Taking into mind the background of the drama, we learn that this foreigner to Thebes arrives at the city limits, braves death, solves the Sphinxs riddle and releases the city from the horrible terror. Only a man like Oedipus, a man possessing treme ...
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  • Oedipus Is Innocent - 1,432 words
    Because Oedipus knows nothing about the past of Thebes, he is not an assassin. Oedipus committed murder but unknowingly of who King Laius was. Oedipus honor was his claim against the murder. Had it been the other way around and Oedipus had lost the battle, King Laius alibi would have also been for reasons of honor: for reasons of royalty. Oedipus was royalty and knew it as well did King Laius. The main idea behind Oedipus innocence is this royalty. Regardless of either of their class standings a fight occurred and the one to start had been King Laius men, or group, the fact that they lost is not the fault of Oedipus. In other words, King Laius and his men wanted to discipline Oedipus for not ...
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  • Oedipus And King Lear - 896 words
    In Sophocles' Oedipus the King, Kalidasa's Sakuntala and the Ring of Recollection, and Shakespeare's King Lear, there are characters that help the hypothetical figure see the "whole of reality". In Oedipus the King the characters Jocasta and Tiresias allow Oedipus realize his tragic flaw. The same can be said of Kent in King Lear. Also, in Sakuntala and the Ring of Recollection the ring that was given to Sakuntala is the catalyst that allowed King Dusyanta realize that Sakuntala was indeed his wife. These characters serve three important purposes in their respective plays (although a ring is not usually considered to be a character). First of all, they are crucial in shaping the plot of the ...
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  • Buena Vista De Oedipus - 1,345 words
    Buena Vista de "Oedipus The King" Do you have a great understanding of "Oedipus the King"? The understanding provoked by reading this story is not accidental but intentional. Sophocles wants the reader to walk away with condemnation and regret. The reader can not help but to walk away from the book with a better understanding of fate. The knowledge gained is going to be different for each reader. To understand the story, an eye examination must take place. A diagnosis of each character's function and true self must be performed. Unless, the reader puts on his or her lenses of interpretation they will suffer from First, the main character, Oedipus according to the story is the greatest of men ...
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  • Can Destiny Be Avoided - 682 words
    Many conflicts occur in daily society: between two people, among groups of people, and sometimes between people and their destiny. The most interesting aspect of Oedipus Rex is the conflicts it contains throughout the play: Oedipus Rex is a tragedy of destiny (Dodds 17). There are many conflicts that occur in the play Oedipus Rex; the three most crucial occur between Laius and Jocaste and the gods, between Oedipus and his destiny, and finally between good and evil. Oedipus Rex presents many conflicts, but the first occurs between Laius and Jocaste and the gods. Laius and Jocaste disobey the gods by marrying one another. The result of the disobedience leads to a child who later kills his fath ...
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  • Characterization Of Oedipu Srex - 314 words
    Oedipus Rex was written by Sophocles (496-406 BC), a Greek playwright. It is the first play in a trilogy about a tragic hero, King Oedipus. Oedipus is a complex character with many different characteristics. A few of the most dominant ones are that he was a good ruler, stubborn, and very honest. One of Oedipus' character traits is that he was a good ruler. When his people were in despair, he did not send a messenger to find out what was troubling them, he went himself. He also doesn't hide anything from his people. When Creon entered with bad news regarding the murder of King Laius, he advised Oedipus to hear the news in a private place. Oedipus refused because he felt that he was king for t ...
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  • Blind Oedipus - 772 words
    In "Oedipus The King" by Sophocles, we see a man, Oedipus, who can see but cannot see at the same time. Oedipus has been chosen to look for the murderer of the former king, Laius. Little does he know that he, a few years prior, was the one who killed king Laius. He has also been destined to kill his father and marry his mother, which he knows he's destined but does not see that he already has. There are many factors in the story that give Oedipus hints and clues that tell him that he killed king Laius, his father, and married his mother Jocasta. The elders suggest that Oedipus consult the blind prophet Tiresias. Tiresias will tell Oedipus the truth on who killed Laius. When Tiresias arrives, ...
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  • Emotions Of Oedipus Rex - 868 words
    In the play, Oedipus Rex, Sophocles carefully gives each character their own personality, so they will react differently to their problems as they come about. The way each character deal with his or her feelings is what makes this play so powerful. Through out the play we know for a fact the main character, Oedipus Rex, had indeed killed his father in a confrontation, and went on to marry his mother, Iocaste. As Oedipus learns this, he goes through a great deal of emotions throughout the story, ranging from one extreme to the other. After Oedipus learns about his prophesy, he becomes deathly afraid the Oracle might become true. One problem, Oedipus doesnt know the people he has been living w ...
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  • Oedipus - 968 words
    The play opens in front of the palace of Oedipus at Thebes. Oedipus asks a priest and his supplicants what they are wanting. The priest thanks him for saving them from the Sphinx, but tells him that the city needs saving again from a plague that has descended. Oedipus admits this and says that he has sent a messenger to Apollo's shrine to find out what he must do to save the city. The messenger arrives just then. The messenger says that Apollo told him that the man who murdered former King Laius must be discovered and driven from the land. Oedipus vows to do so. All exit but the chorus. The chorus laments the plague. Oedipus returns. He asks anyone knowing the identity of the murderer to ste ...
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  • Tragedy Essay - 1,932 words
    Over the course of time, many things tend to change significantly. Such is the case of tragic literature and the cathartic effect it has on the reader, which has deteriorated a great deal from Sophocles writing of the true tragedy, Oedipus. Hamlet exemplifies partial decomposition of catharsis whereas Miss Julie epitomises an almost total collapse of the cathartic effect. It is assumed that the higher the status of the tragic hero, the easier for the 1990s audience to identify the characters tragic flaw. The identity refers to the ability to relate to the situation or idea. The higher social status of the protagonist in Oedipus and Hamlet allows an easier level of reader identification that ...
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  • Oedipus The King - 610 words
    The gods proclaimed a debase fate for Oedipus. Instead of being amenable to the gods, Oedipus repeatedly attempts to avoid his fate. Although it seems like Oedipus disobeys the gods, he actually says many things which prove otherwise. When his city begins to suffer from drought, famine and plagues, Oedipus relies on the oracle for a solution. To his subjects he declares, So with the help of God, we shall be savedor else indeed we are lost (Sophocles 113). This shows his complete faith in the gods and their decisions. When the oracle reveals that the murderer of King Laius is to blame for all of the suffering, Oedipus once again declares his trust in the gods. The Delphic voice of Zeus has pr ...
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  • Ytdyfytfyf - 1,388 words
    A Puppet without Strings The theory behind fate or predetermination has been embedded in todays society partially due to literature. Sophocles Oedipus The King perpetuates this ideology that the title character pursues a path which happens to be foretold. Oedipus was determined to save his city and discover his identity, however he ultimately assists in his own downfall. An Oracle reveals that Oedipus is destined to murder his father and marry his mother, and Oedipus, unable to face his unspeakable fate, chooses to flee his home in order to escape from it. Oedipus, whom believed he was running from his destiny, was actually led directly to it. Oedipus unknowingly fulfills the prophecy by mar ...
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  • Oedipus Rex - 1,001 words
    Was it that the gods were poking at him like a goldfish in a small glass jar? Was Oedipus's life actually foretold by a prophet before he was ever conceived? Or was it mere happenstance that Oedipus's life had fallen perfectly in place with the words of that prophet? Did fate play a major role in the life of Oedipus Rex, or was it just coincidence? Ah, fate and coincidence, destiny of chance, two totally opposite concepts. Yet one may just be the largest determining factor of life. Which one determines the events of Oedipus Rex all depends upon the views of the reader. Both ideas are strongly established as the drama unfolds. The ironic thing about it however is that the evidence which prove ...
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  • Oedipus Rex - 1,001 words
    Was it that the gods were poking at him like a goldfish in a small glass jar? Was Oedipus's life actually foretold by a prophet before he was ever conceived? Or was it mere happenstance that Oedipus's life had fallen perfectly in place with the words of that prophet? Did fate play a major role in the life of Oedipus Rex, or was it just coincidence? Ah, fate and coincidence, destiny of chance, two totally opposite concepts. Yet one may just be the largest determining factor of life. Which one determines the events of Oedipus Rex all depends upon the views of the reader. Both ideas are strongly established as the drama unfolds. The ironic thing about it however is that the evidence which prove ...
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  • Oedipus - 790 words
    In Oedipus the King it is made quite clear by Sophocles that trying to defy your fate is pointless and only results in your fate coming to pass whether you like it or not. The first example of the pointlessness of trying to defy your fate is that of Laius. One day Laius, Oedipus' true father, was confronted by an oracle of Apollo. This oracle said that "doom would strike him down at the hands of a son". When Jocasta, his wife, gave birth to a son, Laius, believing he could defy the prediction of Apollo's oracle, ordered that his newborn son be put to death. He gave the child to Jocasta and she gave the child to a servant in the castle, telling him to bind the baby and leave him on a far hill ...
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  • Oedipusmacbeth Comparison - 878 words
    Oedipus was similar to Macbeth because both Oedipus and Macbeth were confronted and destroyed by a set of circumstances, Oedipus by fate and Macbeth by the witches and their prophecies. Oedipus the king is given the throne of Thebes because he answered the riddle of the sphinx correctly. Oedipus unknowingly killed the king of Thebes and took his place and ruler. When he was young, Oedipus received a prophecy that he would eventually kill his father and marry his mother. Sickened by this prophecy, Oedipus ran away from home to prevent these horrid events from occurring. Even though he thought he was getting away from them, yet he was actually running right to the prophecies . Since fate playe ...
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  • Odepius The King And Othello The Moor - 1,085 words
    Oedipus the King and Othello the Moor When you read the works of different authors you always seem to notice different similarities between them. Among those authors are Shakespeare and Sophocles who show many different similarities between their works. We will now use one of Shakespeares and Sophocles plays, Othello and Oedipus the King, and discuss the similarities or/and differences they have between them. We will also compare, focus, discuss and explain the tragic endings, mood, plot, the concept of fate and destiny, and the qualities of the main characters, Othello and Oedipus and also the irony, and the themes in each play. The plays of Oedipus the King and Othello both compare when it ...
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  • Oedipus Rex - 1,624 words
    In Sophocless play Oedipus Rex Oedipus Even though "fate" seems to determine Oedipus' life, . he does infact have a free will. His choices brought the prophecy to life. Only his decisions (not influenced by anybody) he made. Of course those decisions were in side of the limits set by fate. When Oedipus heard a prophesy that his going to kill his father and sleep with his mother he ran away, even when he new there were suspicions of him being the real son of his parents. There some lines from the play: "There was a man dining with us one day who had too much wine and man shouted at me-half drunk and shouting that I was not rightly called my father's son. Without my parent's knowledge, I went ...
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  • Oedipus Rex: Classic Tragic Hero - 901 words
    In the play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, Oedipus is a classic tragic hero. According to Aristotle's definition, Oedipus is a tragic hero because he is a king whose life falls apart when he finds out his life story. There are a number of characteristics described by Aristotle that identify a tragic hero. For example, a tragic hero must cause his own downfall; his fate is not deserved, and his punishment exceeds the crime; he also must be of noble stature and have greatness. Oedipus is in love with his idealized self, but neither the grandiose nor the depressive "Narcissus" can really love himself (Miller 67). All of the above characteristics make Oedipus a tragic hero according to Aristotle's id ...
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