• Oedipus Sight Vs Blindness
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    Oedipus: Sight vs. Blindness The concept of sight versus blindness mentioned throughout Sophocles famous work Oedipus Rex is truly representative of the idea of knowledge versus ignorance, and it used by this playwright to highlight the ignorance and tragic self-discovery of Oedipus. Many of Sophocles characters, including the king himself, incorporate this motif of light versus darkness into their analysis of both Oedipus and the situation at hand. Many statements made by Oedipus in this play s...
  • Oedipus Irony Essay Dramatic Verbal Sophocles
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    Irony Oedipus the King Oedipus is self-confident, intelligent and strong willed. Ironically these are the very traits which bring about his demise. Sophocles makes liberal use of irony throughout "Oedipus the King." He creates various situations in which dramatic and verbal irony play key roles in the downfall of Oedipus. Dramatic irony depends on the audience's knowing something that the character does not and verbal irony is presented when there is a contradiction between what a character says...
  • Oedipus Rex Dramatic Irony
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    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 Colon us. He received t...
  • Tragic Flaws Of Oedipus
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    The ancient Greeks were fond believers of Fate. Fate, defined according to Webster's, is "the principle or determining cause or will by which things in general are believed to come to be as they are or events to happen as the do." The Greeks take on Fate was slightly modified. They believed that the gods determined Fate: ." ... fate, to which in a mysterious way the gods themselves were subject, was an impersonal force decreeing ultimate things only, and unconcerned with day by day affairs." It ...
  • The Missing Dialogue In Antigone
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    The Missing Dialogue in Antigone After reading Antigone, one might feel that there is lacking a dialogue between Antigone and Haimon before their deaths. Sophocles does not include any direct communication between the two lovers during this drama. The reader might assume that such a conversation could have taken place but was not included by Sophocles; however, it is my belief that if a conversation occurred between Antigone and Haimon prior to their deaths, Sophocles would have made it a part o...
  • Oedipus And His Flaws
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    Advanced English 10 3 rd hour September 28, 1997 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 sto...
  • Mellville Sophocles Discussion Tragic Character
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    MELVILLE AND SOPHOCLES MELVILLE: "OEDIPUS, YOU SEE, WAS MY MODEL." SOPHOCLES: "THAT IS ABSURD. YOUR CHARACTER, THIS BILLY, HAS NONE OF THE TRAITS THAT MY TRAGIC CHARACTER POSSESSED." MELLVILLE: "BILLY BUD MAY HAVE NOT BEEN ANY GREAT KING OR A MAN OF IMMENSE MONETARY WEALTH, BUT HE POSSESSED A DIFFERENT SORT OF GREATNESS. "SOPHOCLES: "YOU SPEAK OF A DIFFERENT SORT OF GREATNESS, AS IF IT THAT COULD POSSIBLE COMPARE TO THE LIFE OF MY OEDIPUS. HE ROSE TO THE HIGHEST POSITION A MAN CAN OBTAIN. HE WA...
  • Oedipus Truth King People
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    There is nothing wrong with Oedipus committing into searching who killed the King Laius. Oedipus behave as the king and it was the best thing to do to show his authority to his population. As story goes, the purpose to search the murder changes. Oedipus ignoring each advises that warn him about risk to know the truth have gradually become selfish. At the end, everything is uncovered, letting Oedipus be ruined. The problem is the King losing his publicity and being so selfish. I assume that the ...
  • Sophocles Loved Him He Was Nicknamed
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    Sophocles was born in Colonus, near Athens, c. 497 B. C. Sophocles father was a wealthy armorer named Sophillus. When he reached adulthood he was already established as a great tragic playwright, and the citizens of Athens loved him. He was nicknamed Attic-bee by the Athenians because he could take pure honey from words. Sophocles was born in Colonus, near Athens, c. 497 B. C. Sophocles father was a wealthy armorer named Sophillus. Sophocles had a good childhood. Sophocles, at age sixteen, led...
  • Sophocles Vs Euripides Tragic Hero
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    While both Sophocles and Euripides are considered writers of Greek tragedy, their plays (Antigone, Oedipus Rex, Medea) have some subtle and some profound differences. In both Antigone and Oedipus Rex, the tragic heroes suffer from a major character flaw- hubris. The tragic hero of Medea does not appear to have such a contrived flaw, as she is not forced to suffer from her actions in the play (killing her children, etc. ). Because Euripides made little mention of the forces of divinity as they e...
  • Oedipus Rex 2 Verbal Irony
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    Oedipus Rex a Greek tragedy written by Sophocles in the early days of antiquity is based upon an even more ancient story in Greek mythology. Sophocles, however, knowing that his audience is aware of the outcome of the play utilizes that foreknowledge to create various situations in which dramatic and verbal irony play key roles. However, citing all of the irony in Oedipus Rex would require the writing of quite a hefty book, for time and convenience only a few examples will be cited. Through his ...
  • Tragic Heroes In Sophocles
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    Heroic characters have been portrayed in many ways in literature. The hero character has been shown to be both infallible and imperfect, both strong and weak, and both superhuman and ordinary. Consequently, this central figure has evolved over time to become a very complex character. In his Theban plays, Sophocles presents to the reader typical Greek hero figures: strong and resilient, morally virtuous, but with some flaw that ultimately causes their respective demises. In both Antigone and Oedi...
  • Sophocles Plays Greek Famous
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    Sophocles (pronounced /sfkliz/ in English; Greek: , Sophokls, probably pronounced [sopokls]; c. 497/6 BC - winter 406/5 BC) [1] was the second of the three ancient Greek tragedians whose work has survived. His first plays were written later than those of Aeschylus and earlier than those of Euripides. According to the Sud a, a 10 th century encyclopedia, Sophocles wrote 123 plays during the course of his life, but only seven have survived in a complete form: Ajax, Antigone, Trachinian Women, Oedi...
  • Sophocles Papers Send Me This Paper
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    Sophocles' 'Antigone' / Catharsis & Audience Identification [ send me this paper ] A 5 page paper on the process of 'tragic catharsis' in Sophocles' classic play. Beginning with a definition of tragedy which includes the concept of catharsis, the paper shows how audiences watching Antigone empathize by putting their own self-doubts up there on the stage, and symbolically work them out right alongside Antigone. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Filename: Cath aud. wps Sophocles' 'Antigone' / Heroism ...
  • Critical Analysis Antigone By Sophocles
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    Be careful of what you say and how you say it because you never know what fate has in store for you. This is one the points Sophocles gives his readers in his drama Antigone. The dialog of his drama is very compelling and intricate. Sophocles wrote this for an audience of people who were morally corrupt and in need of someone to tell them the consequences of their actions. To those people in ancient Greece, the dialog was easy to follow and the point was made clear but people today have to read ...
  • Oedipus Rex Political And Cultural
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    Sophocles Characters Grouping on Oedipus Rex In the tragedy Oedipus Rex (429-425 B. C. ), Sophocles implemented a character grouping system that helped the people from the audience to identify themselves with the different societal classes. Three major hierarchical groups can be selected from the Greek's society of this period. The Supernatural group constituted by the gods, the Governmental or State group conformed by the Royalty, and the Populi group represented by Thebes' habitants. The used...
  • Antigone 8 In Sophocles'antigone 8
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    In Sophocles' play "Antigone' he writes about the same themes as in "Oedipus Rex' and places different characters into almost the same horrible, chaotic situations. Sophocles writes strongly about his most important key theme, the exploration of human limits. He also touches on the themes of discovery of self, wisdom through suffering, and the struggle between individual conscience versus the state. Sophocles two plays, "Oedipus Rex' and "Antigone', share many characteristics yet also contrast e...
  • Antigone Fate Of Creon
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    1. Biography: Sophocles Antigone Antigone 1. Biography: Sophocles was born near Athens, in the small town of Colonus, around 495 BC. His ninety-year life span coincided with the rise and fall of the Athenian Golden age. The son of Soph illus, a wealthy armor maker, Sophocles was provided with the best traditional aristocratic education available in Athens (Page 3). Very little is known about Sophocles as a youth, although one public record suggests his participation in "The Chorus of Youths,' c...
  • 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 ...
  • Oedipus Page Fate Tragic
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    Oedipus the King by Sophocles 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 (2 page) 6 Fate in the Lives of Men Oedipus the King & fate (1 page) 7 Oedipus Essay Oedipus Essay 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 (2 page) 8 Oedipus...