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  • Oedipus Anger
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    The Decline of Oedipus in Oedipus Rex Oedipus began Oedipus Rex as a king, only to end the tale as a blinded beggar. Oedipus fall from his kingly status is not by accident or because of some other person. Oedipus is the only one that can be blamed for his misfortune. Oedipus character traits of haste, anger, and truthfulness are shown most clearly during his spiraling downfall where he thinks he is a simple man who knows nothing, yet knowing more than he realizes by the end of the story. Through...
  • Oedipus Calls Creon
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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's Blind Motivation
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    The intention (motivation) of Oedipus in Oedipus Rex Oedipus Rex, also known as Oedipus the King, is one of the most ironic plays ever written. Sophocles, the author, is a famous philosopher of the ancient times. The Play is about Oedipus, the king of Thebes, who unwittingly killed his father and married his mother. An oracle warned Laius, the king of Thebes prior to Oedipus, that his son would slay him. Accordingly, when his wife, Jocasta, bore a son, he exposed the baby on Mt. Cithaeron, first...
  • Theme Of Blindness In Oedipus Rex
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    A minor character is a character that is developed in such a way to help reveal themes and depict certain literary devices. Literary devices are used in mostly all literary works, as they can help reveal pertinent information and also move the story along. In the play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, the minor character of Teiresias is responsible for foreshadowing Oedipus' fate, developing the theme of blindness, and also illustrating dramatic irony. Teiresias uses his fortune teller abilities to fore...
  • Oedipus The Truth
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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 Reliance On His Intellect
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    Strength Equals Downfall Aristotle defined a tragic story as the adventure of a good man who reaches his ultimate downfall because he pushed his greatest quality too far. Sophocles advocates the definition in the tragic play Oedipus Rex. He develops the play with the great polarities of fame and shame, sight and blindness, and ignorance and insight to show Oedipus' experiences in search for knowledge about his identity. Through his search, Oedipus pushes his quest for truth too far and ultimatel...
  • Oedipus With Blind Faith
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    The choir represents the voice of the people, the voice of the masses. People often conform to this uniform truth, they want to be like other people. This conformation leads to a uniform voice from the public. This voice is often ignorant to the truth, seemingly to the point that it creates its own truth. This is seen often in Oedipus the King, by Sophocles. They believe that Oedipus is godly, even when they have found out that he is the cause of their plague. It is not until the end that their ...
  • Oedipus The Truth
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    Title In the play, Oedipus the King, blindness is used metaphorically and physically to characterize several personas, and the images of clarity and vision are used as symbols for knowledge and insight. Enlightenment and darkness are used in much the same manner, to demonstrate the darkness of ignorance, and the irony of vision without sight. .".. they will never see the crime I have committed or had done upon me!" These are the words Oedipus shouted as he blinds himself upon learning the truth ...
  • Oedipus's 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 ope...
  • Oedipus Blindness
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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. ...
  • Second Instance Of Oedipus Blindness
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    Jack Beasley AP English Essay A January 30, 2001 In the story of Oedipus the king, Sophocles beautifully demonstrates the imagery of sight versus blindness through the use of tragedy and ignorance. Oedipus is ignorant to his own incest, therefore causing the first instance of his blindness. The second instance of Oedipus' blindness is the ignorance of his true parent's identity. The third instance of Oedipus' blindness is a literal one, in which he physically blinds himself after finding the bod...
  • Oedipus And Tiresias The Prophet
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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 ...
  • City Of Thebes For The Truth
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    Oedipus In the play Oedipus the King, the main character, Oedipus tries intensively to figure out the truth about himself. There were many instances where Oedipus was looking for the truth but instead was led away from it. As Oedipus searches the city of Thebes for the truth, his ruin is ironically mentioned and foreshadowed in the narrative. His quest is revealed to him early on in the play, though it undergoes a number of changes before he is actually examining his own life and heritage. He be...
  • Theme Evident In Oedipus Rex
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    Throughout the tragedy of Oedipus Rex, many themes are evident. Each of these themes focuses on a different view of the play, and it's universal idea. As in any literary piece, the themes present throughout Oedipus Rex can sometimes be blatantly obvious, while others are noticed by few people. One theme that is obvious throughout Oedipus Rex is blindness. This blindness does not involve only physical blindness, but also blindness to the truth. Oedipus begins the play completely blind to his past...
  • Sophocles Play Oedipus Rex
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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...
  • King Oedipus
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    So pure hearted and genuine is Oedipus in Sophocles' Ancient Greek tragedy, "King Oedipus", that he expresses an unconditional commitment to locate and bring to justice the killer of the previous King of Thebes, Laius. Oedipus, a man struck with a curse when born, was destined to kill his father, Laius, and marry his mother Jocasta. Blind to the truth of his proper biological parents, Oedipus is led to face the unpalatable fact of his guilt in the death of Laius. Even though, Oedipus was oblivio...
  • Oedipus Displays Qualities Of A Classic Greek
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    Greek tragic dramas are based on myths and are representations of human dilemmas, which often formed on conflicts between men and gods. The Oedipal myth was transformed into a compelling theatrical work, "Oedipus Rex", by Sophocles. As conventional in Greek tragedies, Oedipus is portrayed as a heroic protagonist, led to his downfall by his tragic flaw, 'hubris', error of judgement, 'hamartia', and most importantly, fate. Symbolism reflects Oedipus' entrapment by fate and foreshadows his future. ...
  • Oedipus Rex Provides Insight On The Human Condition
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    In Greek mythology, humans are actors to the gods and only represent a role in the play of life. Oedipus Rex, written by the Greek poet Sophocles, who portrays the human condition not only through plot, but also the characters' behaviour. The human condition is stated as the way humans act, react and respond to changes in life. The play is shaped through the effects of destiny and how knowing one's future can control a person's way of life. Oedipus Rex relates to the human condition through huma...
  • Oedipus Pride As A Hero
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    Oedipus Sophocles is perhaps one of the greatest tragedians ever. Sophocles said that a man should never consider himself fortunate unless he can look back on his life and remember that life without pain. For Oedipus Rex, looking back is impossible to do without pain. This pain stems from his prideful life. Oedipus is aware that he alone is responsible for his actions. Oedipus freely chooses to pursue and accept his own life's destruction. Even though fate victimizes Oedipus, he is a tragic figu...
  • Audience Through Oedipus And The Chorus
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    A common theme found in Greek plays is the use of a chorus. The chorus, a group of people that would serve as a parallel between the actors and the audience, can be found in almost every Greek play. In "Oedipus Rex", the chorus appears at the end of each scene and provides the audience with commentary on the story and the characters. By interacting with both the play and the audience, the chorus causes the audience to become a significant part of the play. While the main function of the Greek pl...

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