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  • Oedipusthe Tragic Hero - 402 words
    In "Oedipus the King," Sophocles concocts one of the most famous and intricate characters of Greek drama. A tragic hero, Oedipus' desire for self-discovery and understanding inevitably leads to his tragic downfall. In the end, it can be seen that Oedipus' tragic flaw is his own determination and persistence. Oedipus is a leader. He thrives on power and thirsts for control. It is interesting to note, however, that Oedipus does not abuse his power. Rather, Oedipus strives to better Thebes at all costs...including the cost of his own power. From the opening of the drama, Oedipus' determination is quite obvious. As king, he promises his subjects that he will rid Thebes of all pestilence and fami ...
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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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  • Oedipus Rex - 935 words
    The play Oedipus Rex may show mankinds search for a better society. The Greeks in the 5th century B.C. tried to make the most out of life. They wanted to know, what was the best way to live in that society at the time? The Greeks then began to study mankind. They began to determine between the rights and wrongs of the society. He who violated the social norms suffered throughout their life. For example, Oedipus Rex showed mainly three types of unmoral acts that deified the social norms of society. The main three were his Intellectual Pride, Three types of Hubris, and his anger and rash judgment towards Creon. Prior to the birth of Oedipus Rex, a prophecy was spoken over Laius and his wife, J ...
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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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  • Jocastas Role In Oedipus - 961 words
    Jocasta is an integral part of the play, Oedipus The King, by Sophocles. Her actions and thoughts are important to the reader as well as the characters within the play. In this passage there are several themes and significant items that she is addressing. Jocasta is trying to help relieve Oedipus of his fears that come from the oracles. Jocasta states at the beginning of her speech to Oedipus (977-984), that since chance is against him there is no need to worry; he can not know what will occur in the future. Jocasta, on the other hand, does not follow her own advice, and decides to kill herself instead of living with the guilt of sleeping with Oedipus. She continues to say that because of fa ...
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  • Oedipus - 806 words
    In King Oedipus, Sophocles shows that Oedipus ignorant attitude is his major flaw, but through determination and pride, the King learns the truth about himself, which in the end makes him a better person. Oedipus says, And it is my solemn prayer that the unknown murderer, and his accomplices, if such there be, may wear the brand of shame for their shameful act, unfriended, to their lifes end.(32) In his ignorance, Oedipus does not consider himself a suspect in the killing of Laius, but his determination to find the killer will unveil the truth. Oedipus will do whatever it takes to apprehend the malefactor. He says, I grieve for you my children. Believe me I know all that you desire of me, al ...
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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 Rexs Punishment - 1,418 words
    The Appropriateness of Oedipus's Punishment According to Encarta Encyclopedia, appropriateness is defined as being suited to a particular condition. This definition can be applied to a situation in a literary masterpiece, Oedipus the King. In Oedipus the King, a major question arises: Does the punishment befit the crime? Many critics agree that Oedipus's punishment is just because he ruined an entire nation. However, others say that fate is uncontrollable and therefore he was not responsible for his actions. Oedipus's punishment is appropriate and serves its purpose because by ruining his entire nation, trying to escape his fate, and suffering from a tragic flaw, he learns to accept what he ...
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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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  • Oedipus Complex - 652 words
    One of the cornerstones of psychoanalysis is the Oedipus Complex. According to the generally accepted version during a session of self-analysis, Freud unearthed a childhood memory of being sexually aroused by seeing his mother naked. Soon after Freud uncovered these memories from his childhood, he postulated a universal law- the Oedipus Complex. Freud believed that in the phallic stage of development (i.e. between the years of 2 and 3) every boy has the urge to engage in sexual acts with their mother, and fear castration from their father. Because of this desire, the boy will kill his father. Even though Freuds theory seemed more to imply that this applied to males rather than females, it is ...
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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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  • Tragedy Essay - 1,963 words
    ... Away! Out of the land, away! Banishment, Banishment! Fatal Am I, accused, and the hate on me as no man else, of the gods His misfortune was so great from the fact that not only did he discover that he had inadvertently murdered his father and married his mother, but he also lost Jocosta to suicide, lost his sight and his home as he is banished from Thebes. Since Oedipus is not an evil man he did not deserve his misfortunes and thats why the reader feels pity for him. The reader is also able to feel fear in that they can identify with Oedipus single flaw of pride, as they recognise familiar possibilities in their own lesser and fallible lives. The point at which the reader could identify ...
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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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