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Oedipus Rex: The Search for Truth - THESIS STATEMENT Throughout Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, Oedipus frantically searched for the truth, but due to his pride, remained blind to his own connection to the dire plague that infected Thebes. PURPOSE STATEMENT Through critical analysis of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, the work Oedipus Rex, and other research it is affirmed that Oedipus searched for the truth but due to his pride could not see his connection to the plague that infected Thebes. INTRODUCTION Everyone desires to know the truth. It provides peace of mind, reassurance, closure, and a knowledge of what actually matters and what is superficial....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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The Greek Tragedy of Oedipus the King - A Greek tragedy is one with a tragic outcome that is an inevitable result of the key character's personal flaws. It is a calamity he or she was destined to. However, is it possible that a hero’s laudable qualities could lead to his or her catastrophic fate. Oedipus demonstrates several admirable qualities that are portrayed throughout Oedipus the King by Sophocles. Compassion, diligence, and justness are three qualities that contribute to the internal struggles that Oedipus faces resulting in his appalling downfall....   [tags: Sophocles, compassion, dilligence, justness]
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Oedipus: The Scapegoat or The Murderer? - In the Sophocles play, “Oedipus Rex,” discrepancy between whether Oedipus is the main culprit for murdering King Laius or if Oedipus has become the scapegoat for the cause of the city’s plague that took many lives. The murder of King Laius strikes the interest of many readers and therefore creating the discussion of who would be a culprit for the crime. One side of the argument shows the Greek Gods set a curse upon Oedipus making his destiny one of wrongful conviction for a murderous crime. On the argument’s opposing side the goddesses determine Oedipus’s fate will be to murder his own father unknowingly on his way to becoming King of Thebes....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Foreshadowing in Socrates´Oedipus the King - What if even before someone was born his or her fate was already set. What would that person do. What changes would they make, or what things would people around them do to try to make this person’s fate not come true. The character, Oedipus, in the book Oedipus the King by Sophocles has to deal with this exact situation. Before Oedipus is born, his parents receive an uncanny prophecy, which states that their child would grow up and kill his father and have children with his mother. After this is prophesied, Oedipus’ parents try to kill their newborn to keep this awful prophecy from coming true....   [tags: Fate, Prophesy, Literature] 540 words
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The Arrogance of King Oedipus - The play “Oedipus Rex” was written by an ancient Greek playwright named Sophocles. Sophocles is known for his compelling tragedies and well-rounded characters. The protagonist of Sophocles’ play “Oedipus Rex” is an honorable man however, chooses to lead a life of arrogance and pride known as hubris. This hubris is what ultimately causes Oedipus to unknowingly cause his own tragic demise. Oedipus fulfills the prerequisites set by Aristotle for a tragic hero. The events that conspire prior to the setting of the play create a perfect incubator for a tragic hero to develop....   [tags: Theatre]
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Themes in Oedipus Rex by Sophocles - A prophecy of a boy who kills his father and marries his mother comes true in the story of Oedipus. Sophocles wrote Oedipus Rex, a play about a man who kills his father and marries his mother without realizing it. Oedipus leaves Corinth, the town he was raised in after being found hung by his ankles as a baby, and he kills his father, Laius, and his father’s servants. Then he arrives in Thebes and solves the riddle of the Sphinx, which he earns the ability to be ruler of Thebes and gets to marry Jocasta, his mother....   [tags: prophecy, ignorant, blindness]
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Oedipus the King by Sophocles - ... Now Oedipus attention is take by the comment regarding his parents. Teiresias continues to speak in riddles continuing to upset Oedipus until he tells the page to lead him away. Teiresias does not leave until he speaks, Teiresias. The man you have been looking for all this time, The damned man, the murder of Laios, That man is in Thebes. To your mind he is foreign-born, But it will soon be shown that he is in Theban, A revelation that will fail to please. A blind man, Who has his eyes now; a penniless man, who is rich now; And he will go tapping the strange earth with his staff; To the children with whom he lives now he will be Brother and father – the very same; to her Who bore him, son...   [tags: play analysis]
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Destiny in Sophocles’ Oedipus the King - In ancient Greece, the purpose of drama was, according to various philosophers of the time, to present moral messages through the presentation of already well known narratives such as the story of Oedipus. In doing so, the dramas were dramatically ironic, and did, therefore, serve as a type of moral reminder to Dionysian festival attendees. In Sophocles’ Oedipus the King, Sophocles asserts that prophecy is unavoidable because the gods have been, and always will be, in control of destiny. During the time that Oedipus the King was written and performed, the fifth century B.C., Athens had made significant strides in art, architecture, economics, and academics—history and philosophy were in fa...   [tags: Prophecy, Drama, Greek]
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Oedipus The King by Sophocles - According to Bernard Knox, “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”. The lack of these qualities pushed Oedipus farther from the truth and closer to his great downfall. In Sophocles’ Oedipus the King, Oedipus’ tragic downfall was caused by his alleged certainty of knowledge, his rash actions and judgment, and his unwavering sense for justice....   [tags: tragedy, justice, prophecy]
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Oedipus the King by Sophocles - Oedipus the King is a great epic, written by Sophocles that discusses Oedipus’ journey to find his own identity. Most importantly, this epic challenges even the noblest of human beings by portraying a theme between personal convictions versus the force of fate. Throughout his journey, Oedipus encounters these challenges through several oracles, in which he has a difficult time interpreting and accepting. Nevertheless, King Oedipus, being a man with great curiosity and determination, seeks for these answers and makes an attempt to alter his own fate....   [tags: ancient Greek drama, play analysis] 902 words
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The Tragedy of “Oedipus the King” - “Oedipus the King” by Sophocles is a tragedy of a man who unknowingly kills his father and marries his mother. Aristotles’ ideas of tragedy are tragic hero, hamartia, peripeteia, anagnorisis, and catharsis these ideas well demonstrated throughout Sophocles tragic drama of “Oedipus the King”. Tragic hero is a character of noble stature and has greatness but is triggered by some error and causes the hero’s downfall. Oedipus is the tragic hero of “Oedipus the king”. Oedipus has a noble stature and has greatness....   [tags: Sophocles, Literary Analysis] 1018 words
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Character Analysis: The Personality of Oedipus - There are many facets of personality of a minor character that authors may utilize to supply contrast to the main character of their work. Some of these contrasts are extremely noticeable and some are not. One such facet is with the use of a neutral character; to not only showcase the main character’s flaws, but so not to detract from the moral of the story. Creon, from the play “Oedipus the King” by Sophocles is used for both of these reasons. Sophocles wished to show that one cannot escape fate, yet did not want to cloud this issue with a possible coupe against his main character Oedipus....   [tags: Character Analysis]
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Comparing Othello and Oedipus the King - Oedipus the King and Othello are both plays in which are known for their dramatic tragedies. Oedipus the King is an Athenian tragedy by Sophocles that was first performed in 429 BC. The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, which was written in approximately 1603. These two plays do a profound job at making sure the audience understands the background of the main characters, however, there are minor characters who are just as important. Emilia, Othello’s wife, and Jocasta, Oedipus’s mother and wife, both aid in the understanding of the major characters throughout these plays....   [tags: Shakespeare, Sophocles, tragedies]
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Fate in "Oedipus the King" - If prophecy were to be real, one could expect what is bound to happen in the future. This is true; at least in “Oedipus the King” in which the protagonist, Oedipus calls forth his doom unwillingly. Fate is defined as something that unavoidably befalls a person. The author of “Oedipus the King,” Sophocles, writes a tragic fate that Oedipus was born to experience. Fate is what is meant to happen and cannot be avoided or unchanged. Furthermore, events that lead to other events could be the result for one to meet their fate....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Oedipus Rex: The Key Passage - Oedipus Rex. A play that enacts the story of a man who’s ignorance, battle with fate over his free will, and his blindness to truth; lead him into his own demise. With so many critical elements in one play, there must be a climax where all of these elements come together and culminate into one key passage.The passage in lines 350-450 accomplishes this. In this passage there are several elements, but there are five significant ones: character development, the theme of: ignorance, fate versus free-will, and blindness to truth are revealed; and there is also foreshadowing of Oedipus’ demise as a result of these elements....   [tags: Sophocles, Character Development] 1264 words
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Oedipus the King by Sophocles - Oedipus the King conveys many lessons that are relevant to people living today despite the fact that it was written by Sophocles twenty four centuries ago. Oedipus is a child destined to kill his father and marry his mother. During his life, he makes many mistakes trying to avoid his fate. These mistakes teach us about the nature of humans under certain circumstances. Oedipus possesses personality traits which causes him to make wrong decisions. Attributes like arrogance and his inability to make calm decisions in certain scenarios due to his anger causes his downfall....   [tags: creon, mystery, marry his mother] 524 words
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Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles - “My parents are really well intended, and I think their way of dealing with things is denial and guilt. Nobody wanted to talk about it. But all I did was blame myself.” This quote, from actress Teri Hatcher about her own childhood also relates to Oedipus’s situation from Oedipus Rex by Sophocles. Sophocles‘ Oedipus Rex tells the story of a monarch named Oedipus whowho becomes the unfortunate victim of circumstances beyond his control. In Oedipus Rex, Oedipus‘ downfall is not a result of excessive hubris or his actions, but rather his parents’ disgraceful actions and uncontrollable aspects of fate....   [tags: Summary, Fate, Character Actions]
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Seeking Truth in "Oedipus Rex" - A man goes to the doctors for an ordinary physical; after several tests were performed the doctors want to share some tragic information with the man. One of the tests diagnosed the man with a disease that will result in him dying. The man’s first reaction is that he wants to know how much longer he has to live. The question is does one really want to put a timer on the amount of time they have left. In this society there are many people who seek the truth to matters that can have tremendous effect on their lives....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Understand Oedipus Rex by Sophocles - Many great thinkers, philosophers, artists, and scientists have made a single work of Greek tragedy a central piece, or a supporting pillar their theories. Oedipus Rex is the center to a trilogy of plays written by Sophocles, which includes Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone. Oedipus Rex has surpassed these other works for a number of reasons, most probably because out of the three it provides the clearest example of a classic tragedy. In this paper first we will first describe the play itself. Then we will examine the piece as it relates to performance work, which will involve looking briefly at the conventions of theater during ancient Greece....   [tags: greek, antigone, colonus]
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Oedipus Rex: The Tragic Heros - Most people in the 21st century usually do not imagine a hero as one who goes around killing his father, marrying his mother, and fathering his siblings, but all those contradictory notions made sense to the Greeks watching Oedipus Rex. Oedipus, the titular character of Sophocles’ infamous play, belongs with the typical tragic hero category, a grouping of noble, courageous heroes who deserves respect regardless of a fatal weakness in their character. As for Oedipus himself, his extreme pride, known as hubris to the Greeks, is the singular weakness that foreshadows his fall from the graceful dignity of a king into the tragic shame of an exile....   [tags: noble, courageous, flaw]
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Oedipus - Oedipus, from the play Oedipus the King, is a very unique character whose different aspects are revealed throughout the play. As he talks with characters such as Creon, Jocasta, and Tiresias, we get a well painted portrait of the aspects of Oedipus’ character. The ambitious aspect of Oedipus’ character is revealed through his conversations with the Leader and the Chorus. When the Leader steps up at the beginning of the play to offer suggestions, Oedipus gladly accepts; he asks no one to “hold back” (323) and for everyone to just say whatever information they had on the killing of Laius....   [tags: Character Analysis] 584 words
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King Oedipus Rex by Sophocles - Winston Churchill once said “It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link of the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.” Throughout the story of Oedipus Rex we see continuing theme of sight and blindness, not only in a physical aspect but in a more universal theme of trying to see and navigate one’s own destiny. King Oedipus Rex is a man that has be told of his future of killing his father and sleeping with his mother. In “seeing” this he makes an attempt to change what he thinks is true, when in reality he knows nothing and his blindness to this inevitably succumbs him to what is foretold....   [tags: blindness, knowledge, mother fixation]
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Oedipus - This analysis of Oedipus’s character shows how Oedipus, the protagonist and the antagonist against himself, dealt with unfortunate situations which sealed his fate. Oedipus was a strange round character that was really interesting and mysterious. Oedipus’s life was a good example of a true Greek tragedy; he worked himself up to be a great king and ultimately in the end he died with only his perception on life. Oedipus was once a man of power who falls impoverished. He goes from having much respect in his great position to being impure, blind, and expelled from the land that he once ruled....   [tags: Character Analysis]
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Oedipus Rex by Sophocles - The central theme of Sophocles’s Oedipus Rex is the mortal sins of murder and incest. Mortal sin reappears throughout this tragedy as Oedipus commits crimes within the kingdom of Thebes, in an attempt to prevent the oracle from coming true. In his infancy, Oedipus’s birth parents received an oracle that their son would grow up to kill his own father. This prophecy leads them to abandon their son; however, once Oedipus becomes an adult, he is informed of the oracle and flees Corinth to protect his adopted parents....   [tags: thebes, mother, family]
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Oedipus, The Tragic Hero - ... Why kill someone in general. Oedipus also puzzled me when he married someone who was old enough to be his mother and conceive children with her. It was not just a coincident that he killed a man that was old enough to be his father and wedded a wife, a woman old enough to be his mother. “But I am the king now, I hold the throne that he held then, possess his bed and a wife who shares our seed”. Just by Oedipus saying these word he is repeating the prophecy that was set out for him. If someone had predicted that I would have married my mother, I would avoid marrying someone who is older than me, I might try avoid being married at all....   [tags: plays by Sophocles]
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Morality in Oedipus Tyrannus - In both modern times and the time of the ancient Greeks Sophocles’ play Oedipus Tyrannus is seen as the quintessential model of Greek Tragedy. The literature masterfully incorporates intricate questions of morality and “perhaps no classical Greek play has stimulated as much critical discussion” (Harris and Platzner, Classical Mythology: Images and Insights, p.648). One of the dominant arguments the tragedy generates is whether Oedipus is responsible for the abhorrent crimes of patricide and incest....   [tags: Classics, Philosphy, Greek] 1680 words
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Morality in Oedipus Rex - In both the current era and the time of the ancient Greeks Sophocles’ play Oedipus Tyrannus is seen as the quintessential model of Greek Tragedy. This is due to the intricate questions of morality that are masterfully woven into the literature and the fact that “perhaps no classical Greek play that has stimulated as much critical discussion” (Harris and Platzner Classical Mythology: Images and Insights, p.648). One of the dominant arguments the tragedy generates is whether Oedipus is responsible for the abhorrent crimes of patricide and incest....   [tags: Classics, Literary Analysis, Greek Literature] 1782 words
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Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles - Does tragedy bring anything good. Tragedy brings, to some, complete humility. To others they obtain that suffering is inevitable in life. Through suffering, outlook is changed and obtained is wisdom. This theme is evident in Sophocles “Oedipus Rex.” This plays central thesis is about a terrible curse sent upon the Thebes king, Oedipus and how he deals with the confrontation, that he is the “most accursed man.” Oedipus before his tragedy had excessive pride. Nothing would make him understand his arrogance at finding fault with everyone else, except himself....   [tags: Thematic Analysis, Tragedy]
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Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles - “For whoever exalts himself will be humbled” Matt 23:12 Does tragedy bring anything good. Tragedy brings, to some, complete humility. To others they obtain that suffering is inevitable in life. Though suffering, outlook is changed and wisdom is obtained. This theme is evident in Sophocles “Oedipus Rex.” This plays central thesis is about a terrible curse sent upon the Thebes king, Oedipus, and how he deals with the confrontation, he is the “most accursed man.” Oedipus, until he finally believed in his tragedy, had excessive pride....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Tragedy]
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Comparison: Oedipus and Hamlet - According to Aristotle there are five characteristics of a tragic hero: Flaw or error of judgment, (Peripeteia) a reversal of fortune, the enlightenment (anagnorisis) the discovery or recognition, (hubris) excessive pride, and the character’s fate. Oedipus finds the elders of Thebes praying to the gods for liberation of the plague. Oedipus “alone can help. The cause of the trouble is himself; the chances he has had in his life are precisely the source of the plague” (Diski 1). Oedipus is the cause and the solution to end the plague, but he is blind to the true....   [tags: Tragic Heroes, Characteristics]
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Oedipus - In Sophocle’s play Oedipus Rex, how does one judge Oedipus. Should he be held accountable for killing his father and marrying his mother. To me Oedipus is a man of great personal folly. He may have been fated to commit the crimes but he also allowed them to happen though his actions. I believe that he is at least partly guilty of the aforementioned crimes. He allows and also hastens his fate through his uncontrolled anger, his blind refusal of facts, and his fear of the unknown. Oedipus is controlled if not consumed by anger when he takes the lives of his father and his entire traveling party....   [tags: Character Analysis] 516 words
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Oedipus - Anger is expressed through a variety of reasons. Vague with many divisions and levels, it comprises of different types. Anger is a powerful emotion that reveals the state of a person. Often, this emotion is uncontrollable because it is used to recompense for what has been lost and creates positive and negative effects. Particularly, it is evident when expectations and goals are unfulfilled or do not meet reality. In Sophocles’s Oedipus the King and Shusaku Endo’s Silence, the protagonists experience anger for reasons that differ....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Sophocles] 1610 words
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The Character of Oedipus in Oedipus and The Infernal Machine - The Character of Oedipus in Oedipus and The Infernal Machine    The stories of Oedipus, as told through Seneca's Oedipus and Cocteau's The Infernal Machine, contain both similarites and differences. Both authors portray the character of Oedipus as being obstinate, ignorant, and inquisitive. Yet Seneca and Cocteau differ on their interpretation of the motives that propelled these characteristics of Oedipus. Seneca portrays Oedipus as a mature man who, in seeing the troubles of the plague that has descended upon Thebes, feels true sorrow for his dying people and wishes to cure his moribund city....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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The Tragedy of Oedipus - The Tragedy of Oedipus When there is the mention of a hero in literature, the image of a tall, strong man on a pure colored horse, with a sword drawn and the shield held up, crying out to his men the honor and good they will bring in defense of their homeland, may come to mind. This, though, is not the image Sophocles gives to Oedipus, yet Oedipus is considered a true hero. Even if he is not depicted as a great war hero, or one who does some great deed to the benefit of humanity, he is the image of the perfect tragic hero, having normal, imperfect qualities, yet facing the consequences of his actions with dignity....   [tags: Papers] 1121 words
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Oedipus Rex - Sight is a very important sense to a human being. It is one of the things generally taken for granted, but without it, many people would find themselves helpless and lost. The eyes are used to navigate, to interact, and to learn. However, even with sight people can still go astray and often become oblivious to the most apparent truths. This mental blindness can be more detrimental to one’s life than physical blindness. In the play Oedipus Rex, the title character Oedipus suffers from this kind of blindness....   [tags: Blindness, Analysis, Informative] 724 words
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Play: Oedipus - Oedipus was once an amazing king but he did not know himself. He did not know about his childhood, where he was from or even his parents. If he would have known about his horrific childhood or maybe even who his parents were, his life would have been dramatically different. He would have never known about the prophecy and no one would try to cover-up what he had done to save his dignity. Throughout this entire play Oedipus is striving to find himself, sort out the lies of the murder and learn his fate....   [tags: Myth, Internal Conflict]
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Oedipus Rex - In Oedipus Rex, Sophocles explores the conflict between a man’s intellectual reasoning and the universe beyond his grasp. This may seem like a generalization, but the play’s minor conflicts are arguably derivatives of the main struggle. As we would see, the fate or destiny that opposes Oedipus does not act directly on him, but creates a domino effect that through other conflicts drive him to face his destiny by unearthing his true identity. Similar to the Sphinx’s riddle that gave power to Oedipus, he must travel the different stages of life in order to “know thy-self” (Rudnytsky 264)....   [tags: Play Analysis]
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Oedipus' Pridefull Fall - Hubris shows up many times in history. Various figures show excessive pride and arrogance at time when it was very inappropriate, sometimes for personal gain and satisfaction. Too much pride may damage one’s reputation In Sophocles’ play, Oedipus Rex, Oedipus displays pride, which causes his ultimate downfall at the end of the story. He kills an old man and his followers on the highway, is very proud when he accepts the throne of Thebes, and continues to search for the murderer of his father. First, Oedipus kills an old man and his followers on the highway....   [tags: Greek Literature] 580 words
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Oedipus Rex - Even though Oedipus is a hero, we should not admire him, as the intentions for his actions are self-centered. This distinction is necessary to help us better understand the difference between being a hero, and a hero worth of admiration. It is important to know that somebody’s admiration must ultimately stem from the intentions of their actions rather than the results of their actions alone, so we can act accordingly in the future. Oedipus is a hero, as defined by Johnston. According to Johnston, ‘a hero is someone who confronts fate in a very personal manner and whose reaction to that encounter serves to illuminate for us our own particular condition’ (Johnston, Part 2)....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Sophocles] 847 words
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Oedipus Rex - With its popularity equivalent to the modern day version of the tale of Snow White, the title character of the Greek tragedy of Sophocles’ Oedipus the King can turn iron-fists into timorous wimps. As an honorable king and a miracle worker, the positive attributes of Oedipus would have been worthy of taking into account had he not committed one of the greatest sins of human life – and yes, this was even worse than a verbal sin. Portrayed as the protagonist and villain, Oedipus’ situation was destined by the supreme will of the gods and any attempt to escape the evil that the gods intimidate him with would eventually fail, because his hubris towards his power and position would instigate more...   [tags: Shakespearean Literature] 1422 words
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Sophocles' Oedipus Rex - Greek mythology frequently has a superior ruler, a ruler that figures out difficult circumstances with superior intellect. Sophocles' "Oedipus the King" is no different. Before Oedipus arrives in Thebes, the Sphinx haunted the city by asking travelers her dark riddle "What walks on four legs in the morning, on two at noon, and on three in the evening?" With simplicity, Oedipus solves the riddle, destorys the Sphinx, marries his mother, and takes the throne. Although Oedipus figures out the riddle with ease, he also cannot comprehend that the riddle has much to do with his own life....   [tags: infant, man, elder, greek mythology] 645 words
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Oedipus Rex Essay - In Oedipus Rex, the writer Sophocles shows the inaccuracy of human enlightenment through the tragic character of Oedipus, whose firm belief that he has full knowledge ultimately leads to his downfall through injustice and uncertainty. The Scholar Bernard Knox once wrote that “knowledge, certainty, and justice – are all qualities Oedipus thought he possessed – and that is why he was the perfect example of human knowledge, certainty, and justice.” Oedipus’ belief that he had full knowledge led him to make false assumptions resulting in inadequate certainties....   [tags: knowledge, assumptions, justice]
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Oedipus Rex - Outline 1. Introduction 2. Plot of the play 3. i. Analysis of the play and the life of Oedipus ii. The affectivity of the play 4. Conclusion Oedipus Rex The play starts at the doors of the king’s palace with some beggars at the door steps and the priest gathering branches of olives for wreath. Oedipus, who is the king of the place, asks them why they are grieving and praying all the time. People who had come to the palace wanted to have a word with the king concerning the things that were happening in the palace (Foster 35)....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Oedipus The King - Greek tragedy is characterized by the emotional discharging brought about by the suffering of a heroic figure. In Oedipus The King, by Sophocles, the agony of pain attacking the protagonist is a result of his tragic flaw. Sophocles often uses a characters hamartia to alter or influence the future or outcome of the hero, in this case, Oedipus. Oedipus' hubris traps him into fulfilling the vision and intensifies his punishment. Oedipus' pride is an inherited characteristic. Even before his glory and power as King of Thebes, he allowed his conceit to affect his judgment and rule his actions....   [tags: Sophocles] 1364 words
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Oedipus and Tiresias - Oedipus and Tiresias Oedipus and Tiresias, characters of Sophocles' play "Oedipus Tyrannus," are propelled to their individual destinies by their peculiar relationships with truth. Paranoid and quick to anger Oedipus, is markedly different from the confident and self-assured Tiresias. In the dialogue between the two men, Oedipus rapidly progresses from praise of Tiresias as a champion and protector of Thebes in line 304, to blatantly accusing the blind prophet of betraying the city in line 331, to angrily insulting him in line 334....   [tags: Essays Papers] 1032 words
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Oedipus the King - Oedipus the King Oedipus being shown in an updated version is a very effective and understandable way to present it to audiences. The play that was viewed in class was a good adaptation of the original play. Although modern versions of Oedipus are far different today than the way they were performed during Sophocles’s time, I think he would be impressed with the way that modern versions of his play are performed. The reason I think that the play works so well in an updated version is the fact that most people know the story before viewing it....   [tags: essays research papers] 693 words
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Discuss the ways in which the character of Oedipus in Oedipus the King - Discuss the ways in which the character of Oedipus in Oedipus the King conforms to the conventions of the tragic hero. In your discussion refer to how the issues explored in the play have a wider significance than the tragedy of Oedipus as an individual. Assessment 9: Short Essay – Drama Discuss the ways in which the character of Oedipus in Oedipus the King conforms to the conventions of the tragic hero. In your discussion refer to how the issues explored in the play have a wider significance than the tragedy of Oedipus as an individual....   [tags: Drama] 1196 words
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Comparing Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone - Oedipus:  Guilt, Fate and Punishment                Sophocles' trilogy of Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone is a powerful, tragic tale that examines the nature of human guilt, fate and punishment. Creon, Oedipus' uncle and brother-in-law, is the story's most dynamic character. His character experiences a drastic metamorphosis through the span of the three dramas. Creon's vision of a monarch's proper role, his concept of and respect for justice, as well as his respect for the design evolve considerably by the trilogy's tragic conclusion....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 485 words
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Destiny of Oedipus the King - Oedipus the King Sophocles demonstrates in the play Oedipus the King that a human being, not a God, ultimately determines destiny. That is, people get what they deserve. In this play, one poorly-made judgment results in tragic and inescapable density. Oedipus fights and kills Laius without knowing Laius is his father. Then, Oedipus's pitiless murdering causes several subsequent tragedies such as the incestuous marriage of Oedipus gets into the flight with Laius. However, Oedipus's characteristics after Laius's death imply that Oedipus could avoid the fight as well as the murder of his father, but did not....   [tags: essays research papers] 902 words
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Tone and Irony in Oedipus Rex - Besides for being an entertaining play, Oedipus Rex, is also an incredibly in-depth and insightful piece of literature. Sophocles does an outstanding job of bringing the play to another level, making the reader delve deep into the. Sophocles uses literary devices such as irony and tone to enhance the story. Tone and irony are constant throughout the play, and used well to develop the characters. From the beginning we know a lot about Oedipus, mostly from previous knowledge in previous plays. It is known that he was a hero and the leader of many people....   [tags: essays research papers] 531 words
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Oedipus The King is a Greek Disaster - Oedipus the king by Sophocles is one of the oldest ancient Greek tragedies known to the common world. The play posses all factors that a classic Greek tragedy requires. To further explain, I agree with the fact that "Oedipus the King" by Sophocles is a Greek disaster. This hard to believe, remarkable play has been proven to be a Greek tragedy by Aristotle. In Aristotle’s thoughts, a classical drama must tell the story of a downfall, have unexpected twists of fate, cause pity and fear in the audience, and have a disastrous ending....   [tags: Sophocles] 954 words
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Sight and Blindness in Oedipus Tyrannus - Sight and Blindness in Oedipus Tyrannus " Sight" and "Blindness" can be considered one of the main and most important themes in Oedipus Tyrannus. The themes of blindness and sight can be looked at both metaphorically and literally. When defining both physical and Metaphorical blindness, the following definitions are very useful: to be physically blind is, naturally, to be "unable to see," and metaphorical blindness is an " inability or unwillingness to understand or discern." Throughout the play, throughout the play Sophocles keeps these two components at the center of the action and uses them to create dramatic irony....   [tags: Papers] 342 words
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The Tragic Hero of Oedipus Rex - The Tragic Hero of Oedipus Rex According to the ancient Greeks and Aristotle the hero is a person who possesses superior qualities of mind and body, and who proves his superiority by doing great deeds of valor, strength, or intellect. In Sophocles' Oedipus Rex the main character Oedipus possesses these characteristics of a true hero, which in turn lead to his self-destruction. In the beginning of the play Oedipus's great intellect is made known by the chorus who see him as someone who has proven his wisdom, someone who has single-handedly saved Thebes in years present from the Sphinx, and someone who is adored by his people....   [tags: Papers] 1371 words
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Fate and Ignorance in Oedipus Rex -      Oedipus Rex is a story that can be interpreted on many different levels of thinking. The ancient tale has existed for centuries and has been subjected to countless forms of analysis. What is it that makes Oedipus the King such a fascinating story. Is it the suspense of a developing mystery that captivates the audience. Or perhaps the wonderful feeling the readers get after vicariously experiencing the horror Oedipus feels. And if not that, could it be that the reader is intrigued at Sophocles' description of one man's disbelief in the gods....   [tags: Destiny, Fate, Free Will and Free Choice]
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The Pride of Oedipus the King - The Pride of Oedipus the King Oedipus the King is perhaps one of the most famous and influential of Sophocles' plays. It is a tragic play which focuses on the discovery by Oedipus that he has killed his father and married his mother. On the surface of this drama there is, without a doubt, a tone of disillusionment. Throughout the play we find that Oedipus, the protagonist of this Greek tragedy, is tested by life in a number of ways. To those in Athens who watched the performance of Oedipus the King, Oedipus appeared to be the embodiment of a perfect Athenian....   [tags: Sophocles Tragedy Tone Theme]
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Analysis of Oedipus Rex - Oedipus did not have a fair start in life. His father, Laius, heard prophecy that Oedipus would one day kill his father and sleep with his mother. In order to prevent this, Laius gave Oedipus to a shepherd to be killed. Fortunately, through a string of events, Oedipus's life was saved, and he even went on to become the honored king of Thebes. Despite this feat, Oedipus still managed to make several decisions that ultimately fulfilled the original prophecy told to Laius, and inevitably sealed Oedipus?s fate....   [tags: essays research papers] 888 words
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Oedipus And Blindness Imagery - In the story of Oedipus the king, Sophocles beautifully demonstrates the imagery of sight versus blindness through the use of tragedy and ignorance. Oedipus is ignorant to his own incest, therefore causing the first instance of his blindness. The second instance of Oedipus’ blindness is the ignorance of his true parent’s identity. The third instance of Oedipus’ blindness is a literal one, in which he physically blinds himself after finding the body of his mother, or wife. Sophocles utilizes his skill of creating a tragic character by showing Oedipus as blind on multiple levels, all the while being unaware of his blindness until the end....   [tags: essays research papers] 505 words
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Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus - Oedipus Tyrannus” is “basically is a story of a man’s discovery through persistent inquiry that he is guilty of unwitting parricide and incest, and his horrified reaction to that discovery. In “Oedipus the King”, Oedipus king of Thebes unknownly killed his biological father and married his mother. On this Ancient myth, the playwright Sophocles weaves a complex story that can be interpreted on many different levels of intellectual thinking. This play, since the time it was staged has been subjected to countless forms of analysis and interpretations....   [tags: essays research papers] 1923 words
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