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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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  • None Provided - 2,622 words
    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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  • None Provided - 2,620 words
    ... is 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 exclusive ...
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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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  • None - 1,428 words
    Oedipus the King - Tragic Justice of Fate by Tina Uhlig Oedipus the King is one of the most famous and influential of Sophocles' plays. On the surface of this drama there is, without a doubt, a tone of disillusionment. Dramatic irony is a much-used literary device in this play and its unusual structure serves as an explanation for its enduring popularity. Oedipus is portrayed as a character of social conscience whose tragedy stresses the vulnerability of human beings whose suffering is brought on by a combination of human and divine actions. The central theme is the incest of Oedipus with his mother; and then, the killing of his father. Depending on how one reads the intricacies and vaguenes ...
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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 - 709 words
    Blindness and sight: The effects of these contrasting themes help emphasize the impetus of many stories. In Sophocles Oedipus Rex, blindness and sight can be seen as a central theme. Blindness and sight are referred to by the characters in the story many times, and are shown to be quite contradictory. Although being blind means that someone cannot see something physically, it can also mean that the person cannot see something rationally. Oedipus Rex and Teiresias (the wise man) are the two examples of how the central theme contradicts in the story. Blindness and sight are also synonymous with the ignorance and knowledge that these characters of the story possess. In this play, Oedipus, who h ...
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  • Oedipus A Tragic Hero - 1,144 words
    According to Aristotle Oedipus from the play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles is the ideal model of a classic tragic hero. A tragic hero is unable to escape his misfortune of destruction and downfall that is destined to happen. As seen, no one can outrun his or her own fate. Looking at Aristotles definition of a tragic hero, Oedipus is a hero because he causes his own downfall because of his blindness and anger; his life falls apart when he finds out his life story. Oedipuss fate is not deserved. The play Oedipus Rex is seen as a tragedy. In the century after Sophocles the philosopher Aristotle analyzed tragedy and included it in his book called Poetics. His definition, Tragedy, then, is a process o ...
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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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  • Oedipus - Fate - 906 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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  • Oedious As A Statement Of Hope In Oedipus At Colonus - 1,083 words
    ... ulfilled his destiny but because he alone knows that he must fulfill his destiny. Although blind Oedipus cannot see, he sees what he must he do before he is to leave the world. When Oedipus own sons betray their father he still remains focused on his revenge and he dies at the end but only after he has had his revenge on those who he planned it on and after his daughters are safe from the threat of Thebes and its inhabitants and rulers. Sophocles made it so clear that Oedipus was a representation of hope in Oedipus at Colonus that other playwrights, such as Seneca, a famous Spanish playwright, used characters after Oedipus in his tragedies. However, In literary quality, Senecas tragedies ...
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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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  • Liberal Arts Education: Thinkingthe Consequences - 1,606 words
    Liberal arts is a generalized term for a broad range of subjects including history, philosophy, and literature. These courses do not necessarily provide a solid foundation for a trade or profession, a lot of students ask or think why am I taking this class? or why is it necessary to take a class that is not really going to help me become a doctor or lawyer? The answer is that although they do not directly relate to there chosen area of study they expand horizons, give us a solid general knowledge base and establish better reasoning skills. They allow for question, exploration and deduction of ideas, thoughts and themes. For these reasons and many more they are a valuable and crucial part of ...
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  • Blindness In Oedipus Rex - The Blind Leading The Blind - 463 words
    Some say that ignorance is bliss. Perhaps this is true. If one is unaware of his or her wrongs, then no guilt will be felt. Perhaps those who can't see the forest for the trees do so because they fear the truth. We all as human beings try to escape the bad and ugly things in our lives, especially that which is bad or ugly about ourselves. Sometimes we all blind ourselves to the truth. Oedipus Rex clearly illustrates this theme of blindness, both literally and symbolically. Teireisias is a "seer: student of mysteries"(1263) who is called upon by Oedipus to reveal Laios's murderer. Although physically blind, Teireisias is not blind to the truth; it is Oedipus that is ignorant of his actions. T ...
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  • A Tale Of Unescapable Fate In Oedipus Rex - 1,126 words
    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 is dealt to him by the gods. The initial argument that a reader must consider is that Oedipus had some control over his future, and that his desire for power and kingdom are what essentially lead to ...
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  • On Oedipus Rex - 900 words
    Sir William Blackstone once said, That the King can do no wrong is a necessary and fundamental principle of [the government]. In the novel Oedipus Rex by Sophocles this statement still remains true. The people of Thebes must think of Oedipus as perfect for complete order to be obtained. But, Oedipus has been known to be short-tempered, and he seems to be overly proud of himself. Also, He makes rash decisions as king. That is why; Oedipus is not a suitable king. Oedipus is quick to anger. His anger shows weakness to his people. The common people saw that his words were spoken except in anger2(p. 21) as he confronted Creon. When the people saw his anger make him say things without thought, th ...
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  • Oedipus - Ironic Tragic Tale Play By Sophocles - 817 words
    In the play Oedipus by Sophocles, Oedipus' self-destruction and fall from power leaves him as the villain and not the hero in the play. The very thing he fights so hard to discover is what leads to his self-destruction. Therefore, we tend to feel sorrow for Oedipus seeing that it was only the fate of the G-ds and the oracles. Oedipus is a tragic hero who fails to achieve happiness in such a way that it brings upon fear and pity by everyone in the highest degree. Tell me, and never doubt that I will help you in every way I can.(line13) Oedipus was a very caring king; he cared for Thebes and his people with unconditional love. When he was exiled from his beloved city he did it by choice, but t ...
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  • Drama - 971 words
    The legacy of classical drama to our world can be difficult to distinguish from the very idea of drama itself. Borges builds a famous fable around the bafflement of Averros before Aristotle Poetics (' Averroes' Search', in Labyrinths, ed. Donald A. Yates and James E. Irby ( New York, 1964)); the conclusion that a 'tragedy' is a panegyric and a 'comedy' a satire or an anathema is the best that an educated and subtle mind is going to make of that text in medieval Islam, without the nurture of an ongoing theatrical tradition to let it know just what kind of thing a play is. The numbest modern television addict would on this score be a better reader of Aristotle than the great Arab philosopher w ...
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