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Oedipus the King: The Free Will of Oedipus - Even though "fate" seems to determine Oedipus' life, he does, in fact, 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....   [tags: Oedipus Rex Essays] 352 words
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Oedipus as a Tragic Hero - Oedipus Rex as a Tragic Hero Before the twentieth century plays were mainly written as either a tragedy or comedy. In a tragic play the tragic hero will often do something that will eventually destroy him. In the book Oedipus the King, Oedipus is the tragic hero. In this tragic play the main character, which is portrayed as Oedipus, will do a good deed that will in turn make him a hero. This hero will reach his height of pride in the story, and in the end the action, which he had committed earlier, will return and destroy this man who was once called a hero....   [tags: Oedipus the King] 353 words
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Oedipus the King - Oedipus Just as it was with Oedipus, Creon is also a victim of his own arrogance. To say he is a victim is somewhat gracious, but he is after all, human. Arrogance being a chief means of suffering throughout these plays, it continued its role in the third episode via Creon. But of course, he doesn't realize the destruction in the making until it is too late. Not only does he lose the respect of his country, but he also loses his wife and his son. Obviously, he isnot the only victim, but he is the source....   [tags: Oedipus Rex Essays] 360 words
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Oedipus the King - Oedipus the King The uniqueness of the story of Oedipus the King lies in the fact that it is not told, but uncovered. Intertwined within are the workings of fate, which ultimately propel the uncovering of the story (Driver 247). The past is relied upon to solve the mystery of the present; however, it is learned by all that actions taken in the past will not change the fate of the future. The gods of Sophocles are the forces which operate within the cosmos, thus giving its consistency and order....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 394 words
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Free Oedipus the King Essays: The Downfall of Oedipus Rex - The Downfall of Oedipus Rex The greek playwright, Sophocles, was born around 496 B.C., and died in 406 B.C.  During his life, he wrote many plays, one of which was Oedipus Rex.  Sophocles was the first dramatist to add the third actor to the play.  Actors were able to perfrom many different parts, but the play was limited to only three actors and the chorus.  (Literature, page 1065)             The downfall of Oedipus transpired due to the tragic flaw of his character.  Oedipus was very temperamental and became easily angered....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 427 words
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Oedipus the King - Oedipus the King In Oedipus the King a story about a rule who is destined to rule the Kingdom of Thebes and murder his own father and marry his mother, a ruler chosen to lead his people by answering a simple riddle, and unsuspectingly chosen to plague a city. Oedipus is a tragic figure; imagine that you have been told that you will kill your father and marry you mother by a divine power, the thought of that will drive a man maniacal. Which it did to Oedipus, after reading that brief introduction of the story I would think that is a point in change in the story, well not really because any reader is familiar with this story you would know what happened....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles] 438 words
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Oedipus the King - Spanning a period of thirty years, Sophocles produced three plays all with similar thematic qualities. One such production features "a noble man who seeks knowledge that in the end destroys him" (70). Although, the Athenian audience was familiar with the original narrative of Oedipus Rex, spectators still found joy in watching the play unfold before them. In the play, Sophocles demonstrates to the audience through the main character that blindness is not necessarily limited to physical blindness, but can equally afflict intellectually capabilities....   [tags: Oedipus Rex Essays] 439 words
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Blindness in Oedipus the King - “The blind man sees and the seeing man is blind.” To what extent is this true in Oedipus the King. “To be wise is to suffer.” Throughout this play we see that after Oedipus suffers and loses his eyesight it is only then he is able to seek the truth. When we are first introduced to Oedipus, he is a strong leader who is thoroughly respected by the people of Thebes. “O greatest of men.” Oedipus was the saviour of Thebes 15 years before he solved the riddle of the Sphinx which freed the city from the plague and death....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles] 441 words
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Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles - In “Oedipus the King,” an infant’s fate is determined that he will kill his father and marry his mother. To prevent this heartache his parents order a servant to kill the infant. The servant takes pity on the infant and gives him to a fellow shepherd, and the shepherd gives him to a king and queen to raise as their own. The young prince learns of the prophecy and flees from his interim parents because he is afraid that he is going to succeed. The young prince eventually accomplishes his prophecy without even knowing he is doing it....   [tags: Oedipus the King]
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Destiny, Fate, Free Will and Free Choice in Oedipus the King - Fate in Oedipus the King Fate. Even the word alone is intimidating. I believe I can safely say that everyone at one point in their lives have wondered about fate. "Christian fate" is something that I have never thought of before, though it is something that I believe in with all my heart. I believe that each person has a fate in store for them. Are human lives just a predetermined course of events. The idea of destiny is one that has been written about since the beginning of time. In Sophocles' drama, Oedipus the King, fate seems to have a strong hold during the entire tale....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 447 words
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Justice in Oedipus the King - Justice in Oedipus the King After reading Oedipus the King, one may think that in this story, there was no justice, and nobody could avoid their fate. King Laius and Queen Jocasta, fearing the prophecy of the Delphic oracle, had the young Oedipus left on Mount Cithaeron to die, but the father dies and the son marries the mother anyway. Oedipus, seemingly a good person, also tries to avoid the second prophecy, only to fulfill the first. But even through all this, I have done some research and feel that there was justice in Oedipus, The King, and their fate wasn't completely sealed....   [tags: Oedipus Rex Essays] 459 words
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tragoed Elements of Tragedy in Oedipus the King (Oedipus Rex) - Elements of Tragedy in Oedipus Rex It is not the tragic subject matter of the text that is of primary interest - but rather the manner in which the plot is developed. The story line progresses as if the reader is "unpeeling an onion." The tale of King Oedipus is well known. An enraged Oedipus unknowingly slays his father (Laiusq, King of Thebes) and supplants him as monarch and as husband to his own mother (Queen Jocasta). As each successive "layer of the onion" is unpeeled, Oedipus is brought a step closer to realizing the true nature of his actions....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 463 words
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An Analysis of Oedipus the King - An Analysis of Oedipus the King Here is a story where Oedipus the King, who has accomplished great things in his life, discovers that the gods were only playing with him. He has everything a man of that time could want; he is king of Thebes, he has a wonderful wife and children, and great fame through out the lands. He has lived a good life, but in the end everything is taken from him. The priests of Thebes have come to Oedipus to stop the plague that is killing the people of Thebes. They revere him for his knowledge, since he solved the riddle of the Sphix many years before and became the king....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 465 words
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Oedipus The King - The play begins with a request to Oedipus by the townspeople to rid Thebes of the plague, since he had so heroically solved the riddle of the Sphinx in the past. He sends Creon, his brother-in-law and uncle, to the oracles at Delphi. Creon returns with the cause for the plague; the murderer of the former King Laius was never punished for his crime. So Oedipus pledges himself to seek the killer and punish him as the gods wish. Oedipus summons the people of Thebes and demands that the killer, or whoever had knowledge of the killer, reveal himself....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles] 467 words
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Free Essays - Social Expectations in Oedipus the King (Oedipus Rex) - Social Expectations in Oedipus the King It is made clear that the citizens of Thebes were religious and had a deep reliance on the gods. "You cannot equal the gods..."p161. It was expected socially, that the citizens of Thebes recognized the gods power, and so for Jocasta to refer to the prophecies as "hollow" would not have been generally accepted behaviour. The priest is an elderly and religious man, something we realise is well respected in Thebes as Oedipus who is king, speaks with the priest on an equal level....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 470 words
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Free Essays - Jocasta is Not to Blame in Oedipus the King (Oedipus Rex) - Jocasta is Not to Blame in Oedipus the King In the play, Oedipus the King , written by Sophocles, it is Oedipus, not Jocasta, that deserves our criticism. Oedipus made some `errors in judgement' that caused him dire consequences and is therefore going to be inevitably condemned for them. Many could argue that Jocasta is responsible for the downfall that Oedipus encounters due to an unsuccessful attempt to have Oedipus murdered as an infant. It could be said that she therefore deserves our criticism for her actions in the play although we cannot over look the choices the Oedipus makes himself....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 471 words
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Oedipus and his flaws - Oedipus and his flaws                                Oedipus's Inextinguishable Flaws Flaws plague every man and woman on this planet. Flaws are what we have in common with each other, and all characteristics that make us human. Sophocles's Oedipus, shows that sometimes the combination of certain flaws and other human characteristics can have a tragic outcome. The caring King Oedipus was paranoid and short tempered, and these characteristics brought him to his downfall. From the beginning of the story Oedipus is depicted as a noble caring man....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 474 words
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Free Oedipus the King Essays: Hamartia in Oedipus Rex - Hamartia in Oedipus the King According to the Aristotelian characteristics of good tragedy, the tragic character should not fall due to either excessive virtue or excessive wickedness, but due to what Aristotle called hamartia. Hamartia may be interpreted as either a flaw in character or an error in judgement. Oedipus, the tragic character in Sophocles’ Oedipus the King, certainly makes several such mistakes; however, the pervasive pattern of his judgemental errors seems to indicate a basic character flaw that precipitates them....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 483 words
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Sympathy Towards Oedipus in Oedipus Rex - In the play Oedipus Rex, the author Sophocles, attempts to create feelings of sympathy towards the main character, Oedipus. This is achieved by using dramatic irony, the prophecy that guided Oedipus towards the truth regarding his childhood, and key scenes in the play, which help to build the audiences understanding and opinions concerning his situation. Through the prophecy alone, Oedipus was doomed even before his life had even begun. As an innocent child, his parents, King Laios and Queen Iokaste, had tried to rid themselves of the curse, which was cast upon them by Apollo, the god of the sun....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles] 485 words
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Free Oedipus the King Essays: Missing Fathers - Oedipus the King - Missing Fathers Though they appear briefly or not at all in Oedipus the King, Oedipus' father figures play very important roles in Oedipus' life. Laius, Polybus, and the shepherds may be considered Oedipus' father figures. Each of these characters could have kept Oedipus from facing his horrible fate by doing something a little bit differently. Though mentioned several times throughout the play, but being absent from the stage, Laius, Oedipus' biological father, started things off on a bad note with his decision to leave it to another person to kill Oedipus....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 491 words
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Free Oedipus the King Essays: Oedipus as the Hero Archetype - Oedipus as the Hero Archetype   The character Oedipus in Sophocles' Oedipus the King follows a literary pattern known as the hero archetype. The hero archetype is a pattern involved with transformation and redemption. Manifest in three stages called the quest, the initiation, and the sacrifice, Oedipus is transformed from the redeemer of the city to the cause of its downfall. These three stages are clearly revealed and although they are separate entities, each intertwine. Prior to the opening of the story Oedipus begins the first stage, known as the quest....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 493 words
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Oedipus The King - Oedipus the King: Appetite for Destruction Of all the tragedies that Greek playwright Sophocles created in his illustrious career, the one that stands out as his masterpiece, and quite possibly one of the greatest of all the Greek tragedies is Oedipus the King. The tragedy focuses on the life and downfall of the unfortunate King Oedipus, who was condemned by the oracle at an early age to murder his father and marry his mother. Despite the oracle’s grim prediction, Oedipus was responsible for his own downfall due to his overly proud and impetuous attitude, and his own intellect and diligence....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles] 497 words
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Sophocles' Oedipus - In Sophocles’ Oedipus The King, King Oedipus of Thebes is confronted and strangely obsessed with the mystery of who killed Laios, the former king of Thebes, for a great plague has overtaken the city of Thebes because due to this murder. During his quest for the truth, he begins to discover that the answer to his query is also the answer to another disturbing mystery about himself, who am I. The work as a whole seems to be a study of the nature of the mystery and how its discovery brings out the true identity of Oedipus....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles] 509 words
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Oedipus Is to Blame in Oedipus Rex - Oedipus Is to Blame In Sophicle's Oedipus The King, Oedipus plays the lead character in the play. Oedipus plays blindfolded throughout the play. His character that he betrays is typical of those who honestly believe they have no part in the situation that occurs. I agree with Bernard Knox that Oedipus is responsible for the tragic outcome of the play. Oedipus's investigation of the death of King Laius is the reason for the tragic ending. The scene where Oedipus opens the investigation is the first step toward his downfall....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 511 words
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Free Oedipus the King Essays: Metamorphosis of Oedipus - Metamorphosis of Oedipus in Oedipus Rex (the King)    The metamorphosis of Oedipus in Sophocles' "Oedipus Rex" is sudden and climactic. Sophocles wrote the tragedy to bring a certain moral conclusion to fruition by the end of the novel. To have change, the character of Oedipus first had to reveal his tragic flaw. He begins the story as a brilliant conqueror and becomes a bereft and blind man at the play's surface. However, the moral of the play is not merely the consequences of attempting to circumvent one's fate....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 517 words
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The Tragedy of Oedipus Rex - The Tragedy of Oedipus Rex Oedipus Rex is a tragedy that illustrates a man's sense of justice. The same man is also paranoid and impulsive. In the text, he overcomes his negative characteristics and succumbs to his greater sense of justice and responsibility. The king of Thebes is shown as a just ruler who cares about the suffering of his people. After saving the city from the Sphinx and her riddle, King Oedipus learns that a plague has beset upon the population. After consulting with the oracle at Delphi, Oedipus realizes that an unsolved crime is the cause for the suffering of the people....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]
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Oedipus the King: The Pierced Ankle in Oedipus Rex - The Symbol of the Pierced Ankle in Oedipus the King The classification of Oedipus the King as a tragedy requires it to meet certain criteria pertaining to the main character, Oedipus. Oedipus must have no control over the situation which he is in, he has to have been harmed by someone for doing nothing or doing what is just, and he must come to an end in which he is utterly lost, or dies without resolving the situation. All three of these criteria can be found represented under a symbol, and that symbol is the piercing of his ankles as a child....   [tags: Oedipus Rex Essays] 525 words
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Faith in God in Oedipus Rex - 1) Oedipus Rex proves to be a tragic hero by displaying the qualities of goodness, appropriateness, and remaining consistent and realistic throughout the entire play. In the prologue of Oedipus Rex, Oedipus illustrates that he is morally good during his speech to the Priest and the suffering people of Thebes. "I know you are deathly sick; and yet, /Sick as you are, not one is as sick as I. /Each of you suffers in himself alone/His anguish, not another's; but my spirit/Groans for the city, for myself, for you" (Prologue....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles] 529 words
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Oedipus the King: Pride and Determination - Pride and Determination in Oedipus Rex             A man has many defining characteristics - some positive and some negative. At times, a potentially positive characteristic may cause his eventual downfall. This concept can be directly related to the story Oedipus Rex. Aristotle stated, “the tragic hero falls into bad fortune because of some flaw in his character of the kind found in men of high reputation and good fortune such as Oedipus.” Essentially, he is telling us that Oedipus has a flaw that, under normal circumstances, would be a beneficial characteristic, but in his case, causes his demise....   [tags: Oedipus Rex Essays] 532 words
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Oedipus the King as a Tragedy - Many things can describe a tragedy. However, according to definition of a tragedy by Aristotle, there are only five. The play has to have a tragic hero, preferably of noble stature. Second, the tragic hero must have a tragic flaw. Because of that flaw, the hero falls from either power or death. Due to the fall, the tragic hero discovers something. Finally, there must be catharsis in the minds of the audience. Oedipus Rex qualifies as a tragedy. It fits all the characteristics as defined by Aristotle....   [tags: Oedipus Rex Essays] 536 words
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Irony in Oedipus the King - Irony in Oedipus Rex Oedipus Rex, by the Greek playwright Sophocles, is, without a doubt, one of the greatest examples of dramatic irony. There are many instances where the audience knows so much more than the main characters, and Sophocles uses irony to point to Oedipus as Laius' murderer as well. Additionally, Oedipus is most definitely a tragic hero-he had a tragic flaw, namely that he was relentless and often rash in his search for the truth about Laius' death and his killer; this ultimately lead to Oedipus' own destruction....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles] 545 words
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Free Essays - The Imperfect Oedipus of Oedipus the King (Oedipus Rex) - The Imperfect Oedipus of Oedipus The King When the play Oedipus The King is mentioned, what do you think of. I think of a very ignorant man that tries to escape his fate-- a man that had so much confidence in himself that he would put false accusations on people and defy his gods just because he thinks he is right. During the play, Oedipus realizes his own flaws while he investigates who the "true killer" of Laius is. The first character flaw that comes out in the play Oedipus is Oedipus' bad temper and irritability....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 547 words
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Free Oedipus the King Essays: The Worst Enemy of Oedipus - The Worst Enemy in Oedipus the King In the Greek tragety Oedipus the King Tiresias speaks the truth when he tells Oedipus, "you are your own worst enemy." He is too determined to find out who he is, that shouldn't be so important to himself. He also, is too proud to listen to the gods. He thinks he can get out of following through on his fate. So, it is he that dooms himself. First of all, Oedipus is determined to discover who he is. He can not accept things as they are and by stubbornly investigating his past, he is his own worst enemy by destroying his relationships and himself....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 547 words
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Oedipus the King - Strength Equals Downfall Aristotle defined a tragic story as the adventure of a good man who reaches his ultimate downfall because he pushed his greatest quality too far. Sophocles advocates the definition in the tragic play Oedipus Rex. He develops the play with the great polarities of fame and shame, sight and blindness, and ignorance and insight to show Oedipus’ experiences in search for knowledge about his identity. Through his search, Oedipus pushes his quest for truth too far and ultimately reaches his doom....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles] 547 words
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Oedipus the King: The Decline of Oedipus - The Decline of Oedipus in Oedipus Rex   Oedipus began Oedipus Rex as a king, only to end the tale as a blinded beggar.  Oedipus' fall from his kingly status was not by accident or because of some other person.  Oedipus is the only one that can be blamed for his misfortune.  Oedipus' character traits are shown most clearly during his spiraling downfall, thinking he is "a simple man, who knows nothing", yet knowing more than he realizes by the end of the story.             Throughout the story, Oedipus' haste or lack of patience is most evident.  Wishing to end this mystery of the death of Laios as quickly as possible, Oedipus passes an edict to kill or exile anyone who withholds informatio...   [tags: Oedipus Rex Essays] 552 words
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Oedipus the King - Man controls his fate by the choices that he makes. In being able to chose what his own actions are, fate is a result of his decisions. In Oedipus the King, the Greek writer, Sophocles, uses characterization and dramatic irony to project a theme throughout the play providing the idea that man is responsible for his own fate. Sophocles lived 90 years, revealing a plethora of amazing, prize-winning tragic Greek plays. Sophocles was born near Athens in 496 BC, in the town of Colonus. He received the first prize for tragic drama over Aeschylus at the play competition held in 468....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles] 552 words
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Analysis of Oedipus the King - In Sophocles' “Oedipus Rex”, the theme of irony plays an important part throughout the play. In the play, Oedipus Rex believes that if he leaves Corinth he will be able to avoid his fate. The oracle says the Oedipus will kill his father and bear children with his mother. Eventually, he unknowingly kills his father in a chance meeting and married his mother. Oedipus remains clueless that the oracle’s prediction has come to pass. The play is a tragedy, and Oedipus is a tragic hero because he has an act of injustice, because his downfall is the result of his own fault, because he gains and as well as loses....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles] 559 words
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Oedipus’s Downfall in Oedipus the King, by by Sophocles - In the play Oedipus the King by Sophocles, Oedipus’s downfall can be interpreted as brought about by his certainty of knowledge. The scholar Bernard Knox expresses that, “these attributes of divinity – knowledge, certainty, justice – are all qualities Oedipus thought he possessed – and that is why he was the perfect example of the inadequacy of human knowledge, certainty, and justice.” Oedipus is first held as the king of kings, and he believed himself to hold the knowledge he needed to act upon, yet this exact confidence led him to curse himself....   [tags: Oedipus the King Essay]
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Oedipus the King - One of Oedipus’ greatest qualities as a leader was his ability to solve problems. The reason that Oedipus, not even a native of Thebes, became the king of that land was due to the great intelligence and strength shown in his defeat of the Sphinx. He was able to save the Thebans from that problem, so when the city again needs help, Oedipus is very willing to show his strength again. Oedipus’ vanity in his ability to solve problems was the leading cause of his ruin. It is evident that Oedipus has a great ability to solve problems through the references made to his success with the Sphinx....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles] 577 words
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Oedipus the King - Oedipus In the play “Oedipus the King”, the main character, Oedipus tries intensively to figure out the truth about himself. There were many instances where Oedipus was looking for the truth but instead was led away from it. As Oedipus searches the city of Thebes for the truth, his ruin is ironically mentioned and foreshadowed in the narrative. His quest is revealed to him early on in the play, though it undergoes a number of changes before he is actually examining his own life and heritage....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles] 579 words
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Oedipus the King - Sophocles' Oedipus the King      In the play 'Oedipus Rex' the main character, Oedipus, has to deal with his predetermined fate and his own nature. He is cursed from the beginning of his life when a soothsayer tells of his fate upon his birth. It is predicted that he will kill his father, and marry his mother, and raise a family.      Oedipus was born to Laios and Iocaste who were the king and queen of Thebes. Upon his birth, his parents were shocked at a soothsayer?s prediction of Oedipus?s fate....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles] 599 words
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Oedipus at Colonus Essays: Revenge - Revenge in Oedipus at Colonus A prevailing concept throughout Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus is that of revenge. Oedipus is given the opportunity to avenge many of the wrongs he has accumulated in his lifetime, and he takes the opportunity. Oedipus suffered through the latter portion of his life. Although the gods should be credited with the majority of his pain, he was wronged by mere mortals during his life. Did he have the right to seek revenge in general. Yes, he did. There is more to Oedipus's vengeance than just to inflict pain upon others....   [tags: Oedipus at Colonus Essays] 610 words
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Blindness and Sight in Oedipus the King - In the play Oedipus the King by Sophocles, Oedipus's sight of mind continues to diminish throughout the play. While he first appears on stage as the all-knowing, honorable king, this image begins to unravel as information about his past and the murder of Laius is revealed. Oedipus loses sight of his purpose, instead choosing to shun the aid of Teiresias the blind prophet and of the gods when he is presented with startling and confusing possibilities. It is not until the entire truth is revealed to him and he gouges out his own eyes with the gold pins of his wife and mother that Oedipus if able to regain full insight and appreciation of the bitter, cursed world....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles] 611 words
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tragoed Oedipus the King (Oedipus Rex) - The Archetypal Tragic Man - Free Oedipus the King Essays: The Archetypal Tragic Man According to Greek mythology, the Sphinx, a creature that is part woman, part bird, and part lion, caused famine and disease in Thebes that could be ended only when someone solved her riddle.  Oedipus traveled to Thebes and answered the riddle correctly.  The citizens of Thebes consider him a hero because he restored harmony to their kingdom.  Sophocles alludes to the riddle of the Sphinx several times in his play, Oedipus Rex.  Since the riddle is a metaphor for Oedipus' life, it is ironic that he was able to answer the question.  His revelation of the riddle of the Sphinx further supports the perspective of Oedipus as the archetypa...   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 612 words
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Oedipus the King - Oedipus Rex”, by Socrates, is a play that shows the fault of men and the ultimate power of the gods. Throughout the play, the main character, Oedipus, continually failed to recognize the fault in human condition, and these failures let to his ultimate demise. Oedipus failed to realize that he, himself was the true answer to the riddle of the Sphinx. Oedipus ignored the truth told to him by the oracles and the drunk at the party, also. These attempts to get around his fate which was determined by the gods was his biggest mistake....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles] 635 words
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Oedipus: A Tragic Hero - Oedipus: A Tragic Hero Oedipus Rex, or Oedipus the King is Sophocles’s first play of “The Theban Cycle.” It tells the story of a king that tries to escape his fate, but by doing so he only brings about his downfall. Oedipus is a classic example of the Aristotelian definition of a tragic hero. Aristotle defines a tragic hero as a basically good and noble person who causes his own downfall due to a flaw in his character. Oedipus is a man of noble blood; his parents, who raised him as a child, were King Polybus and Queen Merope of Corinth....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles]
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Oedipus the King: A Tragic Hero - 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, a pain that stems from his prideful life. Oedipus is aware that he alone is responsible for his actions. He freely chooses to pursue and eventually accept his own life's destruction. Although fate victimizes Oedipus, he is a tragic figure since his own heroic qualities, his loyalty to Thebes, and his undying quest for the truth ruin him....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles]
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Oedipus the King: A Classical Tragedy - Oedipus the King as a Classical Tragedy Aristotle, in his work 'The Poetics', tried to define the tragedy. Aristotle said that the hero, or at least the main character in a tragedy must be essentially good, but must bring upon himself his fall, due to a fatal flaw. Were the character not noble, many reason, an audience would not care about the person, and would not really notice his fall - from the street to the gutter is not a long way. In today's society this, of course, has been shown not to be true.  Modern playwrights have proven that an audience certainly can care about less prolific heroes, but in classical literature this rule stands, and all heroes of tragedy were noble, and tried...   [tags: Oedipus Rex Essays]
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Oedipus the King: A Hero - Throught Oedipus Rex, Oedipus displays his heroism many times. From the Prologue of the play to the moment in which he leaves Thebes, Oedipus' heroics are extremely apparent; however, at the same time, the decisions which make Oedipus a hero ultimately become the decisions which bring him to shame and exile. From before Oedipus was born, he was doomed to kill his father and marry his mother, a very cursed fate. Throughout his life, the readers learn that Oedipus tries his hardest to avoid this dreadful proclamation; however, the gods were against him before he was even in his mother's womb, so Oedipus and the readers quickly learn that there would be no way for him to avoid his destin...   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles] 764 words
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Oedipus the King: Oedipus' Struggle with Fate and Free Will - In our world today, fate and free will remains the biggest mystery of all; is everything we do controlled or do we have the freedom of choice. In the story "Oedipus the King" by Sophocles, the author uses the idea of fate and free will to explain the struggle of Oedipus's life. Fate and free will is explained as; fate is controlled by an outside supernatural force, and there is no way of controlling it. Free will is when each of us is responsible and controls all aspects of our own life. The author of "Oedipus the King" uses ironic devices to convey a tragic attitude toward the struggle of fate and free will....   [tags: Oedipus Rex Essays] 770 words
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The Role of Fate in Oedipus Rex - In Oedipus Rex, fate is something that unavoidably befalls two characters. The gods decide Oedipus and Jocasta’s fate even before they know it. Trying to avoid destiny is pointless because no matter what, it will catch up to you where ever you are. It is often thought that you can change your destiny, but in reality our fate was put into action the day we were born. Throughout the play, Oedipus tries to change his fate. When he confirms through two messengers and an oracle that he is destined to marry his mother and kill his father, he completely panics....   [tags: Oedipus Rex] 809 words
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