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- Marry His Mother Kill His Father
1,442 wordsThe Appropriateness of Oedipus's Punishment According to Encarta Encyclopedia, appropriateness is defined as being suited to a particular condition. This definition can be applied to a situation in a literary masterpiece, Oedipus the King. In Oedipus the King, a major question arises: Does the punishment befit the crime? Many critics agree that Oedipus's punishment is just because he ruined an entire nation. However, others say that fate is uncontrollable and therefore he was not responsible for...
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- Killing His Father Oedipus The King
1,436 wordsOedipus the King - Tragic Justice of Fate by Tina Uhlig Oedipus the King is one of the most famous and influential of Sophocles' plays. On the surface of this drama there is, without a doubt, a tone of disillusionment. Dramatic irony is a much-used literary device in this play and its unusual structure serves as an explanation for its enduring popularity. Oedipus is portrayed as a character of social conscience whose tragedy stresses the vulnerability of human beings whose suffering is brought o...
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- Oedipus The King City Of Thebes
1,093 wordsOedipus the King and Othello the Moor When you read the works of different authors you always seem to notice different similarities between them. Among those authors are Shakespeare and Sophocles who show many different similarities between their works. We will now use one of Shakespeare's and Sophocles plays, Othello and Oedipus the King, and discuss the similarities or / and differences they have between them. We will also compare, focus, discuss and explain the tragic endings, mood, plot, the...
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- A Tale Of Fate In Oedipus Rex
1,138 wordsSophocles Oedipus the King is one of the most peculiar and intriguing works in of the ancient Greek era. Undoubtedly, the title character Oedipus is faced with an unbelievably harsh situation. He leaves his kingdom behind in order to avoid the fate that was foretold to him, only to end up enduring it anyway. Oedipus is dealt with a debilitating fate, and the reader of Sophocles epic must realize that it is not Oedipus own choices or desires that lead to his demise, but rather the cruel fate that...
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- Oedipus The King Claudius And Polonius
752 wordsCatharsis Catharsis a literary term designating the effects of tragedy on its spectators primarily originates in Aristotle's works. The term and its meanings have been a subject of endless controversy through the history of literary theory and aesthetics. Catharsis is an unexpected, sudden breakdown or climax that makes up change in emotion, which brings purification or clarification. Catharsis is a form of emotional cleansing first defined by the Greek philosopher Aristotle. (Wikipedia) Cathars...
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- Order To Avoid Oedipus The King
619 wordsOedipus the King In his tragedy Oedipus the King Sophocles uses the myth of Oedipus the King to show collision between the gods and the human will. The tragedy comprises of number of incidents that make cause-and-effect chain. Each of Oedipus actions brings him closer to collapse and each of his actions can be explored as a reversal of intentions. Oedipus is the son of Thebes king Laius. Laius was told that his own son will kill him. In order to avoid death, the king orders to stab the childs le...
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- Oedipus The King A Story That Transcends Generations
2,208 words"Oedipus The King" - A Story That Transcends Generations There is an abyss of millenniums between the story of Oedipus the King which took place in Ancient Greece and the Matrix which should never take place in reality unless the humanity stops existing as the society of Homo sapiens. The story of Oedipus the King narrated by the ancient Greek dramatist Sophocles and the threatening warning the Matrix though being parted by millenniums show that the problems which are vitally important for the m...
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- Oedipus The King Oedipus Tyrannus
1,012 wordsDifferent translations of Oedipus the King Sophocles was one of the great Greek play writes of all time. He wrote many Greek plays, but only seven seemed to survive over 2400 years. One of his most famous plays was part of a trilogy. The reader must have read or viewed the previous play in order to understand the next. However, his trilogy which was out of order, made it much more difficult to understand his plays despite reading all of them. Oedipus the King was part of this famous trilogy, whi...
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- Oedipus The King Biological Parents
1,267 wordsEven though Oedipus the King didn? t detail all of Oedipus? adventures, I thought it was a good book. I think it was smart of Sophocles to pick out the most significant, life altering phase in Oedipus? life to bring to the stage. I also really respect how Sophocles took the myth of Oedipus and put all of the details of the story into it. I think it? s somewhat amazing how he took something that supposedly happened and gave the people exact dialogue and specific feelings. I realize that Oedipus t...
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- Gods And Goddesses Oedipus The King
1,518 wordsThe Three Great Epics- Three of the greatest literary works are Oedipus the King, Antigone and the Odyssey. Oedipus the King and Antigone, part of a three part series, was composed by Sophocles and performed on the stage during a three day festival. While Odyssey was story written down by Homer and was one of the first recorded epics that was and is still being read today. The following shall be a comparison between these three great epics in terms of their similarities and their differences. In...
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- Oedipus The King Similarities And Differences
899 wordsLai, Erik October 5, 19984071 E 7 X- 01 Similarities and Differences Between The Odyssey and Oedipus the King In the world of literature, there are many similarities and differences between them. These similarities and differences are significant because the reader can learn and thoroughly comprehend them. Two examples of such literature are the epic poems Oedipus the King, written by Sophocles and The Odyssey, written by Homer who were both Greek poets. Oedipus the King and The Odyssey share ma...
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- Oedipus The King Theme Of Blindness
1,698 wordsThroughout history there have been some astonishing Greek plays. Some plays were more comedic in nature, so were romance plays and then there were some that were tragic plays. One of the greatest Greek tragedy plays ever written was Oedipus the King. Brilliantly conceived and written, Oedipus the King dramatizes the self-discovery and tragic downfall of Oedipus, the King of Thebes. It tells the story about a young Greek who was fated to murder his father, marry his mother, and in the process bec...
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- Plato And Aristotle Oedipus The King
1,158 wordsAn Introspective Look on Fate and Initiation Concerning the Tragedies of Ancient Greece Is man free to mold his own destiny, or is he a mere thread on the spool of life the Fates, the three female deities of Greek Mythology, cut and control? Can, in fact, man determine his life and destiny based on his own free will through successful initiation or is he subject to the web of fate that is woven for him? The force, which controls the path of man, whether from fate or through successful transcendi...
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- Oedipus The King Pity And Fear
879 wordsThe genre of drama is wide and contains works of varied forms and subjects. The first drama, on which all later works are based, developed in Greece and dealt with religious and social issues. According to Aristotle? s The Poetics, a Greek Tragedy must deal with a serious purpose, arousing a sense of pity or fear in the audience. The emphasis must be on plot over character development and the playwright must utilize suspense and unity of time, place and action. Aristotle writes that a tragic her...
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- Marry His Mother Kill His Father
1,273 wordsOedipus the Irony In Sophocles Oedipus The King, Oedipus 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 around ...
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- Oedipus The King Righteous Man
698 wordsThe tragedy of tragedies We seek the truth in things because knowledge serves us. We also seek the truth because we believe it to go hand in hand with righteousness. Hence, man has sought to live in righteousness by seeking the truth in all things. However, Sophocles raises a moral dilemma in which a man, who religiously seeks the truth, falls victim to perhaps the greatest tragedy of all time. More specifically, Oedipus searches for the truth concerning his birth. Although Oedipus seeks the tru...
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- Oedipus The King Allegory Of The Cave
775 wordsOedipus, The King And Allegory Of The Oedipus, The King And Allegory Of The Cave Comparative Analysis Essay In Sophocles? play, Oedipus, the King, there are various instances where Oedipus tries to escape his destiny? enlightenment? only to discover the truth that he cannot. Similarly, in Plato? s? Allegory of the Cave? the prisoner travails to understand and adjust to his newly visited environment. In both works, the men first had to realize their ignorance before they could begin to acquire kn...
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- Women Were Treated B C E
2,116 wordsOedipus the King and Things Fall Apart The poem Oedipus the King and the novel Things Fall Apart, there is some differences between these two stories. These two stories were very famous in the ancient time. Things Fall Apart has won the following awards: Nigerian National Trophy, Commonwealth Poetry Prize, Nigerian National Merit Award. Things Fall Apart and Related Readings becomes a complete literature unit with the Teachers Source Book which includes author information, background, chapter no...
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- 2000 Years Ago Oedipus The King
901 wordsOedipus the King, written by Sophocles around 430 BC, is one of, if not the most, important and influential tragedy ever written. It became the base for most of the tragedies written since. In spite of the fact that some of the story line may seem a little out of place now, parallels can be very easily drawn with the present time. Even though it was written over 2000 years ago, Oedipus the King is still fitting and applicable in todays society. In ancient Greece, the people believed that the god...
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- Oedipus The King Sophocles Oedipus
1,156 wordsSophocles 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 should...
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Oedipus remains in the dark. Do you agree?
This question asks you to consider the importance of dark and light, and therefore perhaps also sight, in the play. Think metaphorically (i.e. 'in the dark' - unknowing) but also literally (Oedipus' blinding at the end of the play).
Oedipus is old before his time. Do you agree?
This question asks you to consider question of youth and age in Oedipus - though the action of the play happens in a single day, how might Oedipus be considered old? You might also want to think about fathers and children and the impact generation has on age.
This play happens backward. Do you agree?
This question asks you to consider the structure of the play. Look at the section on 'Myth' and consider the way Sophocles alters the story to turn it into a drama. What does Oedipus know at the start of the play? What does he know at the end? What events actually occur during the play - or have all the events happened before it begins?
How might a consideration of the conditions of Greek theatrical performance impact upon our understanding of Oedipus Rex?
This question asks you to consider the importance of the Greek theatrical conventions (particularly masks) that would have originally been employed when Oedipus was performed. Think practically - there were no electric lights, no recorded music, and perhaps even no props. How might this change your interpretation of the play? (See 'About Greek Theater' for more information).
Is Oedipus Rex a private or a public play?
This question asks you to consider the relationship between public and private (or between oikos/polis) in the play. What is the outcome for Thebes? What is the outcome for Oedipus? Is Oedipus to be considered as a father/son/brother or simply as the king of Thebes?
Might Oedipus be more than one man?
This question asks you to consider the play's central inconsistency as potentially one of its themes. The Thebans have heard that Laius was killed by more than one man; in fact, Oedipus alone committed the murder. Think of Oedipus' various roles in the play - king/brother/father/son - and consider whether the conflict of the play might be a conflict between the one and the many.
Do you agree that Oedipus' tragedy happens because of a 'tragic flaw'?
This question asks you to consider that Oedipus' tragedy happens because of a tragic flaw - an opinion that many critics would strongly disagree with. Why do the events of the play happen? Whose fault is it - if anyone's? See Oedipus and Aristotle for more information about the idea of tragic flaws.
"The old seer had eyes" (Oedipus the King, 748). Discuss ideas of sight and blindness in the play.
As well as thinking literally about blindness in Oedipus (Teiresias, in particular) consider the relationship between knowledge and sight. Does Oedipus have any insight into things - can he, perhaps, see better without his eyes?
"I stumbled when I saw" (Gloucester, in Shakespeare's King Lear). Compare Oedipus Rex to any other play of your choice.
This question invites you to compare Oedipus to any other play. You might want to think about themes, about characters, or what you consider to be the ultimate lesson of the play - just remember to keep comparing: write about both plays at once, not one and then the other. See Useful Comparison Points for some good ideas.
How does Oedipus come to embody the riddle of the Sphinx?
This question requires you to make a connection between the Sphinx riddle's answer - 'man' - and Oedipus' fate. Oedipus, as a consequence of seeking the answer to his kingdom's plague, manages to go through the three stages of the Sphinx's riddle. He is the baby with pierced ankles, crawling on four feet to escape a messenger who would kill him. Then he is the proud adult, king of Thebes, walking on two feet. And finally he is the old, blinded man, walking with a cane, cast out of his own kingdom.