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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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  • Oedipus The King - 792 words
    In the Greek play Oedipus the king, a child is born to a king and queen against the wishes of the gods. The gods had told the king and queen of thebes not to have children because they would be ill fated. The king and queen had a taste for wine however and they conceived a child while indulged in the drink. They soon took the child to an oracle to learn what its fate would be. The oracle told them that child would grow up to kill his father and marry his mother. The king quickly opted to have his son taken out to be left on a mountain side to die via one of his trusted herdsman. The boys ankles were bolted together and he was taken from his kingdom. The herdsman then took pity with the boy a ...
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  • Oedipus The King - 1,338 words
    The 1st Stasimon in Sophocles play Oedipus the King is mainly showing the Chorus confusion in regards to Tiresias accusations made towards Oedipus. The Chorus seem terrified and powerless, and, like Oedipus, do not want to believe the accusations. They feel that the gods know the truth, yet will not reveal it, thus feeling as though the gods are of no real help. There are many issues and techniques to be discussed in regards to the 1st Stasimon, one of these being the significance of the section. The real significance of the 1st Stasimon is that it shows the reader how much of a respected role model Oedipus is to the community of Thebes; they will not accuse him until true proof has been rev ...
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  • Oedipus The King - 1,319 words
    ... the Chorus can see evil catching up on Oedipus, and bringing doom to him, which will never end. Peripeteia is mentioned, as the Chorus can see Oedipus future changing. Oedipus has not yet been exiled from Thebes, yet the Chorus can see his luck and fame changing. This can be seen in quote 18 on the handout, which reads: to attack his fame that rings around Thebes. This shows that the Chorus can see something [this being the accusation] changing what the community thinks about Oedipus; the accusation will attack his fame that rings around Oedipus. Like the issue of peripeteia in the 1st Stasimon, the issue of nemesis has not yet been brought up, but the Chorus can see the gods falling do ...
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  • Oedipus The King And Ghosts - The Effects Of Parent's Sins Upon Their Children - 1,408 words
    Sophocles' play Oedipus the King was written for a Greek audience as a religious right and lesson around two thousand years ago, while Ibsen's play Ghosts was written as a criticism of the Norwegian society during the 1890's. Although these plays were written for very different reasons and under different circumstances, the universal theme connecting them is mankind's liability to sin because the results affect a greater whole. One of the more specific themes of these plays is the negative effect that parents' sins have upon the generations to follow. In Oedipus the King, Oedipus is born the son of Laius and Jocasta, the king and queen of Thebes. However, when they hear Apollo's prophecy (th ...
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  • Oedipus, The King And Allegory Of The Cave - Comparative Analysis Essay - 733 words
    In Sophocles play, Oedipus, the King, there are various instances where Oedipus tries to escape his destinyenlightenmentonly to discover the truth that he cannot. Similarly, in Platos Allegory of the Cave the prisoner travails to understand and adjust to his newly visited environment. In both works, the men first had to realize their ignorance before they could begin to acquire knowledge and true understanding of the complexities of the human condition. Specifically, in Oedipus, the King, it was Oedipus illusion of himself as a man unequaled in leadership whereas in Allegory of the Cave it was the prisoners initial refutations of enlightenment being shown him until he realizes its intellectu ...
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  • Oedipus, The King Summary - 545 words
    Sophocles Oedipus, the King is a great representation of Greek tragedy and of the human experience. Within it, he explores the intricacies of human thinking and communication along with its ability to change as more information and knowledge is acquired. His primary focus as the story begins and progresses is the growth of Oedipus from an unintelligible and unenlightened mentality to its antithesis. Because the story was one familiar to most of its viewers in its time, there are certain things that they are expected to already know. Among them is the background to the legend. Most generally it was that it was prophesied that Laios and Jocasta, king and queen of Thebes, would give birth to a ...
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  • The Effects Of Parents Sins Upon Their Children: A Comparison Between Oedipus The King And Ghosts - 1,444 words
    Sophocles play Oedipus the King was written for a Greek audience as a religious right and lesson around two thousand years ago, while Ibsens play Ghosts was written as a criticism of the Norwegian society during the 1890s. Although these plays were written for under different circumstances, and not for the same purpose, there is a universal theme connecting them: mans liability to sin. One of the more specific themes of both plays is the negative effect that parents sins have upon subsequent generations. In Oedipus the King, Oedipus is born the son of Laius and Jocasta, King and Queen of Thebes. After he is born, Apollo prophesizes that Oedipus will kill his father and sleep with his mother. ...
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  • Show How Irony Becomes The Very Structure Of Oedipus The King - 523 words
    Life is filled with series of irony.Therefore,it goes without saying that irony becomes the very structure of good Greek tragedies,which always reflect the reality of human life.Among those is Oedipus the King,written by Sophocles.Dramatic irony,the contrast between what a character knows and what the reader or audience knows,stnads out and permeates this great work of dramma. First,the irony comes when the audience knows that the tragic outcome can not be avoided.The two different attempts to change the fate:Jocasta and Laius killing of infant Oedipus and Oedipus flight from Korinth later on,nevertheless,are absolutely futile.King Laius abandoned Oedipus to his death,but Oedipus lived and m ...
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  • Character Analysis Of Oedipus The King - 872 words
    You pray to the gods? Let me grant your prayers. This quote helps to describe the overall description of Oedipus character in Oedipus the King written by Sophocles. Throughout Oedipus the King the ideas and themes of fate, irony, and reason reoccur numerous times. Oedipus believes in fate but he believes more in his own abilities and actions to determine his future. Irony is evident in many forms such as verbal, dramatic, and situational. Since, Oedipus relies on himself he believes in his own reason and wisdom in making all of his decisions. Sophocles is a strong believer in destiny, but also offers the alternative in Oedipus in that he believes more in himself than in fate and he proves t ...
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  • Oedipus The King - Summary Of The Story - 548 words
    In the book Oedipus the King a man is corrupts the town Thebes from his own great misfortunes and self-tortures. The book starts off in the town of Thebes and Oedipus as the king. King Oedipus realizes slowly but surely the town is withering down to nothing. So Oedipus sends Creon to the great god Apollo for advice. When Creon returns Oedipus is in the presence of company. Oedipus who was waiting eagerly for the news told him to tell the news in front of everyone. Creon told Oedipus the great god Apollo said to either banish or execute the man who killed the former king Laius. For the rest of the book the king Oedipus goes through many trials. In the end it is discovered that Oedipus killed ...
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  • The Grave Tragedy Of Oedipus The King - 618 words
    Tragedy is one of the most prevalent forms of drama produced around the world. There are certain criteria that a drama has to follow in order for it to be characterized as a Tragedy. The criteria is established by Aristotle and is still being used today. It includes having a tragic hero, harmartia, peripateia, a plot consisting of a time period of 24 hours, and finally catharsis. Oedipus the King is a great example of a Tragedy written by Sophocles. In the play, Oedipus the King, Oedipus is the tragic hero spoken of in Aristotles rules for a tragedy. Oedipus is the tragic hero because he possesses characteristics that would ultimately follow that of a hero. His nobility is the most important ...
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  • Oedipus The King - A Story That Transcends Generations - 494 words
    The irony of fate is manifested in the Oedipus desire to know the truth of the murderer through the blind seer Teiresias who named him a murderer. Teiresias is a blind prophet who knows the truth and Oedipus is a seeing person who is blind to recognize the truth. Oedipus swears to punish the murderers of his father. The prophecies play the key role in the play. Under the influence of the prophecies Oedipus tries to identify the murderers of his father and later he is looking for his own identity. The fate of Oedipus is generalized by the brilliant playwright. The author applies the tragedy of Oedipus to the entire mankind. If such a noble ruler as Oedipus is exposed to the fates collision th ...
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  • The Judgment Day - 1,626 words
    Sitting in this waiting room for more than about a day or two of the earthly time measures, Macbeth started to feel bored especially after the two other persons who were waiting with him have been called from the other room. Gazing at the ceiling, which seemed to have no color, Macbeth heard footsteps coming form the same door he entered two days ago. An old blind man came in led by one of those fierce angels, which Macbeth keeps meeting since they woke him up from his grave. After several failing attempts by Macbeth to make noise so to show the blind man that hes not the only one in this room, Macbeth goes to sit in the chair next to this new visitor and starts a conversation, hoping to bre ...
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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 - 570 words
    Sophocles wrote both " Oedipus the King, " also known as " Oedipus Rex," and "Oedipus at Colonus. " Although " Oedipus at Colonus " is looked at to be a continuation of " Oedipus the King, " the two do differ when dealing with the character himself, Oedipus. The question though being is, did Oedipus acheive redemption by the end of the play? In " Oedipus the King, " Oedipus had fallen by the end of the play. His life had made a complete 360 after the truth was revealed about the murder of the King and his true father. However, in the continuation of the play, in " Oedipus at Colonus, " Oedipus begins to make a turn for the better. It was quoted that in the second play " the central theme is ...
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  • The Moonstone - 1,101 words
    -------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------ Since the beginning of time, man has used various methods on which to pass down stories, beliefs, and myths which explain different aspects of life. From oral tradition, to pictographs, to clay tablets, and onto paper, all compose the world of literature. Literature has always been an infinite realm of ideas, morals, and trains of thought. Although the sphere of literature is encircled with extreme diversity of thought, its core is focused on one theme: man. All literature carries with itself three main characteristics: it is written by man, for man, and about man. Oedipus the King, the great Greek tragedy by th ...
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  • Oedipus - 570 words
    Sophocles wrote both " Oedipus the King, " also known as " Oedipus Rex," and "Oedipus at Colonus. " Although " Oedipus at Colonus " is looked at to be a continuation of " Oedipus the King, " the two do differ when dealing with the character himself, Oedipus. The question though being is, did Oedipus acheive redemption by the end of the play? In " Oedipus the King, " Oedipus had fallen by the end of the play. His life had made a complete 360 after the truth was revealed about the murder of the King and his true father. However, in the continuation of the play, in " Oedipus at Colonus, " Oedipus begins to make a turn for the better. It was quoted that in the second play " the central theme is ...
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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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    For this paper I have decided to include information about both readings we have covered. We read William Shakespeare's Hamlet and Sophocles' Oedipus the King. Through reading both stories and by doing outside research I learned something interesting. This was that a Freudian theory was named for a few of the scenes in Oedipus the King and that this theory was also connected to Hamlet. This theory is known as the "Oedipus Complex" and when explained can provide a lot of insight into the interpretation of these plays. Its actual definition can be found in psychology books and even most encyclopedia. It is a concept used in psychoanalysis that shows a child's unconscious desire for the exclusi ...
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