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  • Action Takes Place Tragic Hero
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    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? Aristotle's 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 m...
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  • One Of The Men Killed The King
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    The play Oedipus Rex may show mankind's search for a better society. The Greeks in the 5 th 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 soc...
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  • Oedipus And King Lear
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    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 w...
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  • Emotions Of Oedipus Rex
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    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, ...
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  • Oedipus The King City Of Thebes
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    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 Shakespeare's 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...
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  • Oedipus Rex Classic Tragic Hero
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    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 h...
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  • A Tale Of Fate In Oedipus Rex
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    Sophocles Oedipus the King is one of the most peculiar and intriguing works in of the ancient Greek era. Undoubtedly, the title character Oedipus is faced with an unbelievably harsh situation. He leaves his kingdom behind in order to avoid the fate that was foretold to him, only to end up enduring it anyway. Oedipus is dealt with a debilitating fate, and the reader of Sophocles epic must realize that it is not Oedipus own choices or desires that lead to his demise, but rather the cruel fate that...
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  • Adam And Eve Parents And Children
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    Adam, Eve, and Oedipus the results of their parents mistakes? Although quite different according to the nature of the story, Adam and Eve, being the story from the Bible, and Oedipus, being merely a Greek myth, both narratives seem to discuss a very similar idea. The concept of the relationship between parents and children is acutely demonstrated in both accounts of Adam and Eve and Oedipus. The reader faces a very significant problem in both stories. This main important message claims to be the...
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  • The Fates Of Young Women
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    The fates of young women Jocasta's destiny is really cruel in play Oedipus. 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 chan...
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  • Oedipus Rex Worth Living
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    One of the most memorable and meaningful Socratic quotes applies well when in context of Sophocles Theban Trilogy. " The unexamined life is not worth living, " proclaims Socrates. He could have meant many things by this statement, and in relation to the play, the meaning is found to be even more complex. Indeed, the situation of Oedipus, king of Thebes, the truth of this statement is in question. Would Oedipus have been better off if he was blind to the knowledge of his birthing and th...
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  • Oedipus Rex Heroic Qualities
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    Sophocles is perhaps one of the greatest tragedians ever. Sophocles said that a man should never consider himself fortunate unless he can look back on his life and remember that life without pain. For Oedipus Rex, looking back is impossible to do without pain. This pain stems from his prideful life. Oedipus is aware that he alone is responsible for his actions. Oedipus freely chooses to pursue and accept his own lifes destruction. Even though fate victimizes Oedipus, he is a tragic figure since ...
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  • Tragic Heroes Western Literature
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    Amy Guy English 2 nd Hr. November 22, 1999 Compare / contrast Oedipus and Creon as Leaders In the plays Oedipus of Rex and Antigone by Sophocles, Oedipus and Creon exert similar characteristics as leaders that ultimately result in their characterization as tragic heroes. Their overbearing determination, relentless pride, uncontrollable fate, and enormous grievances all portray the inevitable outcome. Sophocles writes that the characters in the plays are chasten not because of something they had ...
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  • Laius And Jocasta Oedipus Rex
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    Pier Paolo Pasolini created a film based on the play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles. This film is considered one of the finest renderings of a classical Greek subject that the cinema has ever produced. Pasolini has in this film rearranged the flow of events, so that they follow the chronological order. The story starts with the shepherd carrying a child to the desert, while in the original myth from Sophocles the point of departure is different; the messenger come to ask Oedipus for help in saving the...
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  • Oedipus Rex Oedipus Rex Oedipus Gods
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    Oedipus Oedipus Rex Oedipus Rex 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 wouldnt have cursed himself so ignorantly had he been more dilig...
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  • Oedipus The King Long Ago
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    In the play Oedipus the King Queen Jocasta illustrates the devastating effects of perpetuating one s sin rather than confronting it. Motivated to hide her own shame, Jocasta sets into motion and perpetuates a series of events that she intended to prevent, but ultimately accepts at Oedipus expense. Throughout the play she attempts to hide the truth by deceit and feigned disbelief. Long before the play ever begins Jocasta sets into motion the events that lead up to the tragic ending of Oedipus the...
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  • Oedipus The King Creon
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    The great heroes of the ancient world have been passed on in many ways, stories, plays, biographies and many other forms of literature. Here I will explore The Epic o f Gilgamesh, two plays by Sophocles, and two writings by Plutarch. The Epic of Gilgamesh is one of the earliest pieces of literature to be discovered. Dating back to the third millennium BC, it was a series of poems carved into clay tablets. It told of the hero, Gilgamesh, who was created by the gods, was two-thirds god and one-thi...
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  • Oedipus The King Righteous Man
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    The tragedy of tragedies We seek the truth in things because knowledge serves us. We also seek the truth because we believe it to go hand in hand with righteousness. Hence, man has sought to live in righteousness by seeking the truth in all things. However, Sophocles raises a moral dilemma in which a man, who religiously seeks the truth, falls victim to perhaps the greatest tragedy of all time. More specifically, Oedipus searches for the truth concerning his birth. Although Oedipus seeks the tru...
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  • Shows Their Faith Shows Their Faith In Oedipus Truth
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    The choir represents the voice of the people, the voice of the masses. People often conform to this uniform truth, they want to be like other people. This conformation leads to a uniform voice from the public. This voice is often ignorant to the truth, seemingly to the point that it creates its own truth. This is seen often in Oedipus the King, by Sophocles. They believe that Oedipus is godly, even when they have found out that he is the cause of their plague. It is not until the end that their ...
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  • Oedipus The Wreck Good Fortune Fate
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    Oedipus and Humanity s Fatal Flaw While the play Oedipus the Wreck was about a king whose reign was destroyed by his own deeds, the message contained within the play was much deeper, and aimed towards every man and woman. That message was that humanity s worst and most unconquerable enemy is their own misgivings. One needs only look at Oedipus life to see how this is evident. Here s a man who has conquered incredible odds and solved the unsolvable riddle. Then, again to his fortune, the land he ...
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  • Wife And Mother Oedipus The King
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    Stuck in the Present A theme that appears often is that there is one and only one timeline. Ancients explored this idea through prophecy. In the Bible, when something is prophesied it occurs, no matter how much those it affects try to alter their predicted futures. In Greek literature, as shown in Oedipus, the King, one cannot circumvent the future presented by prophecy. Modern scientists and theorists have also concluded that trying to change the course of history by altering the timeline is im...
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