• Creon's Role Of King And His Responsibilities
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    Creon's Role Of King and His Responsibilities The role of the king in the time of Greek tragedies was simultaneously desired and dreaded because of the king's responsibility to the people and because of the effects of the position on the king's character. Creon reveals such ambivalent thoughts towards the kingship in his speech defending himself from Oedipus's conspiracy accusation in Oedipus the King; these ambivalent thoughts reveal much about the nature of the kingship, especially in conjunct...
  • Creon S Defense To Oedipus S Accusations And Their
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    Creon s Defense to Oedipus s Accusations and Their Relevance to the Ambivalence Nature of the Kingship The role of the king in the time of Greek tragedies was simultaneously desired and dreaded because of the king s responsibility to the people and because of the effects of the position on the king s character. Creon reveals such ambivalent thoughts towards the kingship in his speech defending himself from Oedipus s conspiracy accusation in Oedipus the King; these ambivalent thoughts reveal much...
  • Oedipus Rex And Oedipus At Colonus
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    Sophocles wrote both " Oedipus the King, " also known as " Oedipus Rex," and "Oedipus at Colonus. " Although " Oedipus at Colonus " is looked at to be a continuation of " Oedipus the King, " the two do differ when dealing with the character himself, Oedipus. The question though being is, did Oedipus acheive redemption by the end of the play In " Oedipus the King, " Oedipus had fallen by the end of the play. His life had made a complete 360 after the truth was revealed about the murder of the Kin...
  • Oedipus And A Doll's House
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    Dramatic irony depends on the audience s knowing something that a character has not yet realized, or on one character s knowing something that other characters do not know. It is a crucial literary tool used by authors, poets, and playwrights in some of the most famous stories ever told. Dramatic irony can serve many purposes. It can build suspense, excitement, and allows for a crucial climax. It makes the audience more involved in the story and in touch with the characters. Two examples of dra...
  • Hamlet Versus Oedipus The King
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    Hamlet Versus Oedipus the King Content: Good Paper Showing the differences between Hamlet and Oed pius the King Sophocles Oedipus King and Shakespeare's Hamlet both contain the basic elements of tragedy, although the Shakespearean tragedy expanded its setting far beyond that of the ancient Greek tragedy. The tragic hero of Hamlet finds himself burdened with the task of avenging his father's death from the start of the play, and is not himself the source of the pollution of regicide, while Oedipu...
  • Oedipus The King Sophocles
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    THE GREEK THEATRE 2) Is Oedipus a Tragic Hero? Answer this question demonstrating specific understandings of the concepts of Tragedy and the Tragic Hero. In the Greek play, "King Oedipus" written by Sophocles, certain characteristics, which determine the traits of a tragic hero, reveal themselves as the play unfolds. These traits enable readers to enjoy a more enhanced reading of the play and also serve to evoke a particular response from the reader. Readers acknowledge that King Oedipus is a tr...
  • Elements That Aristotle Tragedy Oedipus Play
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    Oedipus as a Tragedy by Aristotle's Definition A tragedy by definition is 'a drama which recounts an important and casually related series of events in the life of a person of significance, such events culminating in an unhappy catastrophe, the whole treated with great dignity and seriousness'; . The Greek tragedies are plays based on myths which were well known and enjoyed by audiences. Most of the plays encompassed certain elements that Aristotle identified in his Poetics. The five Aristotelia...
  • Oedipus The King 4
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    Oedipus the King- Bliss in Ignorance One of the most memorable and meaningful Socratic quotes applies well when in context of Sophocles' Theban Trilogy. 'The unexamined life is not worth living,' ; proclaims Socrates. He could have meant many different things by this statement, and in relation to the play, Oedipus, the meaning is found to be even more complex. Indeed, the situation of Oedipus, king of Thebes, the truth of this statement is in question. Would Oedipus have been better off if he wa...
  • Truth Tiresias Oedipus Odysseus
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    Sophocles' Oedipus the King and Homer's Odyssey both deal on the topic of truth. In both works the character Tiresias, a blind prophet, participates in the different journeys by revealing various truths to the main characters. While the main importance of Tiresias in The Odyssey is to show that truth can be helpful, his importance in Oedipus the King is to attempt to discourage Oedipus on his journey to find the truth because he knows the truth can be negative as well. The first thing that shoul...
  • Oedipus Tyrannus Play One Sophocles
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    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 unknown ly 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 subjec...
  • Sophocles Playing Female
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    The Way of Greek Play Wrights The Greek Play Wright, Sophocles, wrote both the Antigone and Oedipus the King. Sophocles wrote Antigone around 441 B. C. and followed with the writings of Oedipus the King around 425 B. C. In Antigone King Creon decides that Polynices the traitor is to be buried, but his sister Antigone dislikes the order. She is caught, and sentenced by Creon to be buried alive-even though she is betrothed to his son Haemon. After the blind prophet Tiresias proves that the gods a...
  • Oedipus Rex And The Theme Of Blindness
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    Sophocles's play, "Oedipus the King" is one of the most well known of the Greek tragedies. The play's interesting plot, along with the incredible way it is written are only two of the many reasons why two thousand years later, it is still being read and viewed. For those who are not familiar with the story of "Oedipus the King", it is written about the results of a curse put on King Oedipus which claims that he will murder his father and marry his mother. After reading or viewing this play, it i...
  • Comparing Iliad Oedipus Poetics
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    Comparing and Contrasting the Purposes and Methods of Communication of three important literary works: The Iliad, Oedipus the King, and Aristotle's Poetics. Upon reading a piece of literature, one of the first things a reader does is to identify the purpose and the mode of communication employed by the author. This knowledge is extremely important in order to fully understand the complete message presented by the author. This essay will treat three major literary works taken from Greek culture: ...
  • Oedipus Concepts Of Sight
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    The concept of sight is one of the major motifs throughout Sophocles' play Oedipus the King. The play revolves primarily around series of events caused by many people's insight or lack there of. Oedipus does not see that he is caught up in a web of cruel destiny that he can not escape. The gods demonstrate foresight and insight into the play. In addition to this, Tiresias has physical blindness but also has prophetic insight. Finally, both Oedipus and Jocasta portray types of mental blindness an...
  • Oedipus The King City Of Thebes
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    Oedipus the King While reading classical literature one is bound to run into many types of heroes. The different types of heroes can range in their greatness, but above all, the tragic hero is viewed as being the most alluring of them all. A tragic hero, as defined by Aristotle, is a man who is great but also terribly flawed, who experiences a fall in misfortunes while still remaining admirable to the audience at the end of the play. One of Aristotle's favorite works, Oedipus the King, a play by...
  • The Blind Nature Of Oedipus
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    Heather Brocco English 102 April 27, 2000 Prof. Saunders The Blind nature of Oedipus One of the main themes in Oedipus the King is blindness. Not just physical blindness, but intellectual blindness as well. This issue is an effective contrasting method for Oedipus at different points in the play. By saying "blindness", however, is a little misleading. It can be broken down into two sections: Oedipus's ability to "see", and his willingness to "see." The word "see" can be used in both contexts. T...
  • Oedipus King Tragedy Play
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    Interpretive Writing, Oedipus the King Through out history there have been some astonishing Greek playwrights. Some playwright were comedy, romance and there were some tragic playwrights. One of the fascinating Greek tragedy playwrights was Oedipus the King. Oedipus Rex qualifies as a tragedy based play because it meets the criteria of being a tragedy because it meets Aristotle s definition of a Greek playwright. This essay will analyze how the play of Oedipus the King, is a tragedy play based u...
  • Pastor Manders Society Oedipus Religion
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    1 PERMEATING EFFECTS OF RELIGION. When comparing the two works "Oedipus the king" by Sophocles and Henrik Ibsen "Ghosts", it is at first hard to believe that they have anything in common. But when performing a deeper study of the plays, one will find at least one common topic. The permeation in society of religion. I will in this essay thus try to show how religion permeates society in the Greek tragedy "Oedipus the King" by Sophocles and Norwegian drama "Ghosts" by Ibsen. These two works are v...
  • Blindness In King Lear And Oedipus Rex
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    In Oedipus the King and King Lear, both main characters, as well as some minor characters, experience not only physical blindness, but mental blindness as well. King Lear, Gloucester, and Oedipus are "blind to the truth" in the beginning of the plays, and then experience some form of catharsis, the spiritual purging of emotions. In the end of the plays, all the blind characters gain the ability to "see." In King Lear, Lear is mentally blind. Before he divides his kingdom, Lear asks his three dau...
  • Queen Iocasta Oedipus Fate King
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    man unwittingly moving ever closer to the unhappy fate he is struggling mightily to avoid. Fate in Oedipus Rex Do you think that fate controls the lives of everyday people, or do you think someone's actions control their lives? In the play, Oedipus Rex, fate played an important role in the lives of the characters... In order to avoid their predestined fate, the main characters took every precaution to avoid their predetermined destinies. The queen, Iocasta, and her son, Oedipus, both tried to es...