• King Oedipus Excessive Pride
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    King Oedipus Excessive Pride Theban play of Oedipus the King talks about one of the Greek tragedies like the Odyssey. Oedipus is the tragic hero of this story that cursed till death to suffer greatly with the knowledge that he married his mother, and killed his father. He ranks himself as a god like being, when he said "children", addressing the people of Thebes means that he thinks he is above the people in some way. Every Tragic hero has a flaw, Oedipus' tragic flaw is his excessive pride. Oed...
  • Oedipus Rex And What Lead To His Downfall
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    There is no man blessed amongst us. All the works of man are known and every soul is tried, sings the chorus at the beginning of Oedipus Rex. After answering the riddle of man, Oedipus becomes the foremost of living men and takes his turn on the top of the wheel. Oedipus believes, it is better to rule over man than over a wasted place; since, a walled township is nothing if it is empty and has no man within it. But, what he does not realize is that very soon he will have fallen to the bottom. Oe...
  • Oedipus The King 2
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    Oedipus' Hamartia Aristotle once said that a hero's downfall must be a result of some tragic flaw within the character. This flaw was known as hamartia in the Greek world of Aristotle. Since Aristotle greatly admired Oedipus the King, many people believe that Oedipus must have had a prominent and complex hamartia. Discovering Oedipus' hamartia within the play is not an easy task. In fact, it is impossible to point out Oedipus' hamartia since I do not believe that he has one. Everything that he s...
  • Oedipus The King 2
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    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 ...
  • The Blindness In Oedipus Rex
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    The Blindness in Oedipus Rex In the play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, the minor character of Tiresias is responsible for foreshadowing Oedipus' fate, developing the theme of blindness, and also illustrating dramatic irony. Tiresias is responsible for further developing the theme of blindness, by using his own physical blindness to reveal to Oedipus his mental blindness. Lastly, Tiresias is ultimately responsible for imposing dramatic irony because of his great knowledge of the truth of Oedipus. As ...
  • Oedipus Rex Laius Audience King
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    Oedipus the King Oedipus the King is a great play whose qualities of inscrutability and of pervasive ironically quickly come to complicate any critical discussion (). Sophocles' play Oedipus the King fits into a tragedy because it recounts the events in the life of Oedipus Rex, arouses pity and fear in the audience, and ends in an unhappy catastrophe (Harmon). Oedipus' life began in Thebes as the son of Laius and Jocasta. Apollo had placed a curse on Oedipus. The cursed said that Oedipus would ...
  • Oedipus Gods Murderer Jocasta
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    Imagine killing your father and sleeping with your mother! This is what Oedipus did! Even though I read this story many times I am still shocked when I read the part of how Oedipus fulfilled his prophecy. It makes me tingle inside! I still can't believe that Jocasta did not know that she married her son! In the end when Jocasta committed suicide and Oedipus blinded himself I thought that by doing that it was the only way that Jocasta and Oedipus can be at peace again. Dramatic irony played a maj...
  • Oedipus Theseus Play Colonus
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    Sophocles was a Greek playwright who lived during the 5 th century b. c. The Oedipus Cycle is one of his most famous works; the trilogy of plays traces the ill-fated life of a noble blooded man and his descendants. Oedipus at Colonus is the second play of the set. Oedipus at Colonus is set many years after Oedipus the Rex, and Oedipus has changed his perspective on his exile from Thebes. He has decided that he was not responsible for his fate and that his sons should have prevented his exile. H...
  • Oedipus Versus Creon Gods Tiresias King
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    Oedipus Versus Creon At first glance, Oedipus and Creon are two very different people. But as time progresses their personalities and even their fates grow more and more similar. In Sophocles's play "Oedipus the King", Oedipus and Creon are two completely opposite people. Oedipus is brash and thoughtless, whilst Creon is wise and prudent. In "Oedipus the King", Oedipus effectively portrays the idea of the classic "flawed hero." He becomes arrogant and brash. He accuses Creon and Tiresias of trea...
  • Oedipus Dramatic Irony
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    ... o und out that Jocasta was in fact is real mother 'But she, perhaps... I have her for mother... .' (pg 39 ln 1-5). When Jocasta finds this out he then kills her self, 'The illustrious Jocasta is no more... .' (pg 44 ln 18). Therefore after all that being said, I firmly believe that Oedipus was a helpless vic time of fate. Oedipus's future was foretold by an Oracle of the Gods, he was to kill his father and wed his mother. Oedipus did all of these and he had no choice in the matter. In ancie...
  • Oedipus Essay Answering The Riddle
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    Sophocles 'Oedipus the King' is a tragic play which discusses the tragic discovery of Oedipus that he has killed his father and married his mother. The story of Oedipus was well known to the athenian's. Oedipus is the embodiment of the perfect Athenian. He is self-confident, intelligent, and strong willed. Ironically these are the very traits which bring about his tragic discovery. Oedipus gained the rule of Thebes by answering the riddle of Sphinx. Sophocles used the riddle of the sphinx as a ...
  • Oedipus A Victim Of His Own Human Nature
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    What you don't know won't hurt you. This widely popular piece of advice directly applies to Oedipus. Unfortunately for Oedipus, he is incapable of following such advice. The story begins with the murder of Laius already in the past. As Oedipus learns of Laius's death, he pursues knowledge of the tragedy and tries to expose the murderer to no end. It is inevitable that Oedipus finds out that it was he who has killed Laius, his father. Oedipus is a man of swift action and great insight. At the op...
  • Oedipus Heightens The Sense
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    Paragraph Essay In the story Oedipus the King by Sophocles we learn about a character named Oedipus. He thinks very highly of himself and he thinks he's capable of handling anything. Basically everything that comes out of Oedipus's mouth in this story is ironic. Oedipus makes many ironic statements, which heighten the sense of impending doom for the character. When Creon returns from the oracle of Apollo and tells Oedipus that the reason for the plague on Thebes is because the man who murdered t...
  • Oedipus Sight Physically Blind
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    Ancient Greeks cared deeply about the pursuit of knowledge. Although the truth was often a terrifying concept, they still saw it as a critical virtue. One of the main underlying themes in Oedipus the King is the struggle of sight vs. blindness. Oedipus' blindness is not just physical blindness, but intellectual blindness as well. Sophocles has broken blindness into two distinct components. The first component, Oedipus's ability to 'see' (ignorance or lack thereof), is a physical characteristic....
  • Oedipus Rex Gods Murder Apollo
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    Oedipus Rex Oedipus was not composed by his fate; he was responsible for his own conduct. From his very birth Oedipus was predetermined to marry his mother and murder his father. His situation was inevitable. Although Apollo exhorted the prophecy in Delphi, this event only drove Oedipus to fulfill his destiny. There were a series of events that occurred causing Oedipus did to lure himself to destruction. Oedipus wouldn't have cursed himself so ignorantly had he been more diligent to analyze the ...
  • Oedipus The King Images Of Blindness
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    Oedipus the King has many images of blindness, both physical and blindness of the mind. The characters surrounding these images are Oedipus and Tiresias the prophet. When the play begins Oedipus has vision and Tiresias cannot see, but by the end of the play, it is clear who can really see and who is blind. When Oedipus first encounters Tiresias, the blind prophet proceeds to tell Oedipus after much pressure that Oedipus is the one who has brought the great plague down upon Thebes and that he is ...
  • What Was Oedipus Crime
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    What Was Oedipus's Crime Oedipus, ruler of Thebes, murdered his father and married his mother. Such acts are almost always deemed unnatural and criminal; they are not tolerated within traditional society. A person who has committed these illegal acts of murder and incest would be considered a criminal, yet Sophocles's character, Oedipus, is not guilty of either crime. Prior to the birth of Oedipus, a prophecy was spoken over Laius and his wife Jocasta. They were told that their son would one day...
  • 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...
  • Oedipus A Tragic Hero
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    According to Aristotle's in the Poetics, certain characteristics must be met in order for the audience to be able to identify a tragic hero. First of all, a tragic hero must cause his own destruction; his punishment must be bigger than his crime. Secondly, a tragic hero must be a nobleman and have greatness or power. Finally the audience must feel sympathy and fear for the hero. I think based on these characteristics; Oedipus could definitely be considered a tragic hero. An Oracle told Oedipus ...
  • Quick To Anger Is A Human Flaw
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    The protagonist, in a tragedy, according to Aristotle must have a human flaw in order to bring about hamartia and a full catharsis of emotion. In "Oedipus the king," by Sophocles, Oedipus' flaw is that he is a character who becomes angered easily. He first becomes impatient and hot headed with the blind prophet, Tiresias, and accuses him of not telling the truth. Next he believes that his brother in law, Creon, has plotted with Tiresias, in order to accuse Oedipus for the murder of King Laius. ...