• Oedipus Sight And Blindness
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    Oedipus Rex is a play about the way we blind ourselves to painful truths that we can't bear to see. Physical sight and blindness are used throughout the play, often ironically, as a metaphor for mental sight and blindness. The play ends with the hero Oedipus literally blinding himself to avoid seeing the result of his terrible fate. But as the play demonstrates, Oedipus, the man who killed his father and impregnated his mother, has been blind all along, and is partly responsible for his own blin...
  • Oedipus Rex And 3 Tenets Of Tragedy
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    There are many examples of Aristotle's views on tragedy in the play Oedipus Rex. Without these characteristics the play would not be as dramatic and well known today as it was 1500 years ago. These principles of tragedy are not only useful to the plot of the play, but also to our everyday lives. Audiences surely asked themselves, "If even the mighty Oedipus can be subjected to such a fate, what can happen to a ordinary person like myself" The relevance to our being now makes us look at the play ...
  • Role Of The Chorus Play Audience Greek
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    In answering this question, I will look at the question in two ways. Firstly, I will look at the role of the chorus objectively, examining the basic role of the chorus in the play, and looking at the role of the Chorus as Sophocles would have intended the role of the Chorus to be understood. However, I will then look at how I think the Greek audience would have perceived the role of the Chorus and then how the role of the Chorus is perceived today by a 20 th century and examine the key differenc...
  • 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...
  • Power Of The Gods
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    The Power of the Gods In the play, Oedipus the King, written by Sophocles, Oedipus is rewarded king of Thebes when he frees the city from death by correctly answering a riddle by the deadly Sphinx. You came to Cadmus city and unbound the tax we had to pay to the harsh singer, did it without a helpful word from us, with no instruction; with a god s assistance you raised up our life, so we believe. The play begins with begs and pleads by the priest of Zeus who speaks for the Theban people. The pri...
  • Excessive Pride Oedipus Tiresias Madness
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    According to Aristotle's Poetics, a tragic hero can be hindered by hamartia which leads to his downfall. In Oedipus the King, a tragic play written by Sophocles shows King Oedipus as having many flaws that fall under the umbrella of hamartia including: stubbornness, madnness, and pride that soon lead to his utimate demise. Oedipus brandishes an attitude of stubbornness throughout the play. Oedipus's tubbornness is revealed early in the play when Tiresias, a prophet of Apollo, advises Oedipus to ...
  • Oedipus Rex Truth Life Journey
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    Oedipus Rex: The Quest for Truth In the play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, one of Oedipus's strongest motivating forces is the desire to know the truth. Throughout the play, Oedipus is guarded from the truth and shocked by it's reality, but ultimately he embraces it as his own. It is this journey, from confusion and pain to acceptance, which enables Oedipus to grow in wisdom. Oedipus' reign as king is characterized by his constant probing for the truth. Despite his prominent role in society, Oedipus...
  • Aristotelian Tragedy One Oedipus Rex
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    One may argue that the Greek playwright, Sophocles modeled his play Oedipus Rex on Aristotle's definition and analysis of tragedy. Since according to Aristotle's definition, a tragedy is an imitation of action that is serious, complete and of a certain magnitude; in language embellished artistic ornaments, the several kinds being found in separate parts of the play; in the form of action, not narrative with incidents that evokes pity and fear of a persons emotions. Also Aristotle identified the ...
  • Blindness In Oedipus Rex
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    Blindness in "Oedipus the King' In Sophocles' play, "Oedipus the King', one of the main themes is blindness. The author uses physical blindness, as well as intellectual blindness to illustrate Oedipus's tat us as a tragic hero. In the beginning of the play, Oedipus has perfect physical vision. However, he is "blind' and ignorant to the truth about himself and his past. He desperately wants to "see', but he cannot. This is exemplified in the play when Oedipus states that "once more [he] must brin...