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  • Story Of Oedipus Rex
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    "Oedipus Rex Essay " In this essay of Oedipus Rex there are four characteristics I will discuss. The first characteristic I will discuss is if the story of Oedipus Rex is an example of a Greek tragedy and if so what is the fundamental tragedy. Next I will describe the basic tension in this play. The third characteristic I will explain is what motivation I find in the character Oedipus and last but not least I will give a character Analysis on the character Jocasta. The play Oedipus Rex is a clea...
  • Irony Of Laius And Oedipus
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    Oedipus the Irony In Sophocles's Oedipus The King, Oedipus's life was set for him. He learned through the Oracle of Apollo at Delphi, that during the span of his lifetime that he would kill his father and marry his mother. He was obviously concerned by this. Laius also received the same Oracle from Apollo. Laius, the King of Thebes, was also worried by this prophecy. They both tried to stop their destiny and change the future. They believe that they were powerful enough to control everything aro...
  • Oedipus Of A Similar Prophecy
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    Sight and Blindness References to eyesight and vision, both literal and metaphorical, are very frequent in all three of the Theban plays. Quite often, the image of clear vision is used as a metaphor for knowledge and insight. In fact, this metaphor is so much a part of the Greek way of thinking that it is almost not a metaphor at all, just as in modern English: to say "I see the truth" or "I see the way things are" is a perfectly ordinary use of language. However, the references to eyesight and ...
  • Queen Of Thebes And Mother Of Oedipus
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    It was once said by Ralph Waldo Emmerson, Where there is no vision, a people perish. In Sophocles Greek tragedy, Oedipus Rex, the oracle advised Oedipus that he was to murder his father and marry his mother. As a result, Oedipus tried to change his fate. Oedipus, Jocasta, and Tiresias all demonstrated the concept of blindness in Oedipus Rex. Oedipus, king of Thebes, was immensely blind to his fate. After Oedipus was called a changeling by an old drunkard, he began to question his parents, Polypu...
  • Tragic Play The Tragic Hero
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    Oedipus Rex as a Tragic Hero Before the twentieth century plays were mainly written as either a tragedy or comedy. In a tragic play the tragic hero will often do something that will eventually destroy him. In the book Oedipus the King, Oedipus Rex is the tragic hero. In a tragic play the main character, which is portrayed as Oedipus, will do a good deed that will in turn make him a hero. This hero will reach his height of pride in the story, and in the end the action, which he had committed earl...
  • Oedipus As The Blind Man
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    Jocasta is an integral part of the play, Oedipus The King, by Sophocles. Her actions and thoughts are important to the reader as well as the characters within the play. In this passage there are several themes and significant items that she is addressing. Jocasta is trying to help relieve Oedipus of his fears that come from the oracles. Jocasta states at the beginning of her speech to Oedipus (977-984), that since chance is against him there is no need to worry; he can not know what will occur i...
  • Jocasta And Oedipus
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    Would it ever seem reasonable for a winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature to be associated with a king who murders his father and procreates with his mother? It is possible because of one quotation by the 1921 Nobel Prize Literature winner Anatole France, that he is connected to the notorious king Oedipus from Sophocles' famous play, 'Oedipus Rex'. "It is only human nature to think wisely and act foolishly" (Anatole France) best exemplifies the theme in Sophocles' 'Oedipus Rex': fate cannot be...
  • Oedipus And Jocasta
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    According to Aristotle, the driving force behind tragic works lies not in the development of characters but in the formulation of a specific plot structure. Aristotle believed that the purpose of all art is to imitate life and that human beings live their lives through events and actions. He argues that characters serve to advance the events of the plot line and that the characters themselves are not central. Aristotle's opinions on tragedy were largely constructed around Sophocles' Oedipus the ...
  • Part Of The Change Of Oedipus Character
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    The Character Change of Oedipus The character Oedipus in Sophocles drama Oedipus the King goes through an unfortunate but necessary character change. From a prideful, heroic king at the beginning of the play, to a tyrant in denial towards the middle, and finally to a fearful, condemned man, humbled by his tragic fate, Oedipus change personifies that which makes an unforgettable drama. When Oedipus is first introduced, he appears to be a confident, valiant hero and reasonably so. Taking into mind...
  • Victim In Oedipus Rex
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    Blessed is the man that endure th temptation: for when he is tried, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him. (James 1: 12) 'Such is the proclamation in the Holy Bible, and so was the proclamation in ancient Greece. Since the founding of religion, the gods have sought to test those with power. Jocasta was sent by Apollo to do just that: to test Oedipus - the king of Thebes-faith and conviction. Throughout the play, Jocasta tested the beliefs of those ...
  • Major Flaw Of Oedipus's Life
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    Oedipus All tragic heroes suffer a downfall because of their tragic flaws. In the Greek story of Oedipus, he is responsible for his downfall because of his tragic flaws and his hubris. When Oedipus was born his parents, King Lauis and Queen Jocasta, went to an oracle. They were told Oedipus would kill his father and marry his mother. Jocasta and Lauis didn't want this so they stuck a spike into Oedipus (means swollen foot) ankles and had a servant of theirs leave him on the mountain Cither an. A...
  • Oedipus And His Wife Mother
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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 And Laius
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    Summary for "Oedipus Rex" The storytelling method that is employed in most classical writing, i.e. the Iliad and the Odyssey as well as Greek tragedy, allows for the development of two stories. One is the story of the "now". The "now" is told through the actions and events of the play or story. The other story that is told is the "past". The "past" is composed of stories that are told by characters and gives needed background information about the main characters and events. In Oedipus Rex, the ...
  • Oedipus The King
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    JOCASTA My lords look amazed to see your queen with wreaths and gifts of incense in her hands. I had a mind to visit the high shrines, for Oedipus is nervous, alarmed with various terrors. He will not use his past experience, like a man of sense, to judge the present need, but lends his ear to any croaker that argues. Since then my counsels dont have an advantage, I turn to thee, our help when we are in trouble, Apollo, Lord Lycian, and to you my prayers and pleas I bring. Ease us, lord, and cle...
  • Creon And Oedipus
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    Oedipus the King Sophocles (c. 427 B.C.) Summary The play opens in front of the palace of Oedipus at Thebes. Oedipus asks a priest and his supplicants what they are wanting. The priest thanks him for saving them from the Sphinx, but tells him that the city needs saving again from a plague that has descended. Oedipus admits this and says that he has sent a messenger to Apollo's shrine to find out what he must do to save the city. The messenger arrives just then. The messenger says that Apollo tol...
  • Oedipus Beckons Creon
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    Setting: Before the palace of Oedipus, the most grand building in the center of town. All white with 4 marble columns, large steps lean down from the palace to the main road. Two large main doors lead into the palace. A large oak altar of masterful craftsmanship completes the ominous outside of the building. The main road leading directly away from the palace into town, have less impressive shops and homes on either side. About 100 citizens wait in the front of the palace on the road. A priest w...
  • Free Will Of Oedipus
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    In our everyday life people make choices, these choices either have a negative consequence or a positive one. Base on our free will we choose to do as we please. Example, some of us when we are young we aspire to be nurses, doctors or whatever the case may be. Sometimes we are encouraged to make the choices that will lead us into those careers or sometimes at the very last minute we choose to back out. All in all we exercise free will, which leads us to make those choices. Whether or not it is o...
  • Plague In Thebes And Oedipus
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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 t...
  • Oedipus Like Lauis
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    Often in life humans tend to think that they control their own fate. In the play Oedipus Rex, Sophocles can be seen as teaching a moral that fate is pre-determined and that humans cannot escape their own destiny. Oedipus, Lauis, and Jocasta all try to control their own fate, however, they find out that they cannot escape their destiny. Lauis is one of the characters in Oedipus Rex that tries to control his fate. When he asks a oracle at Delphi to tell him his prophecy and the oracle tells Lauis ...
  • Oedipus And Jocasta
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    Background to Oedipus the King In ancient Athens, plays were performed at the Festival of Dionysus (Bacchus), and were performed competitively; three playwrights would present four different plays each (a trilogy of tragedies and one satyr play, or comedy), and then a panel of judges would determine the winner. As part of a religious festival, plays were not merely entertainment, but served to heighten the religious mood. Tragedies centered on worthy protagonists: great men whose fall could be a...

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