Oedipus Prompt: Modern Comparison/Contrast
Oedipus the King, also known as Oedipus Rex, is a Greek tragedy written by Sophocles, a famous and successful Athenian writer around 420 B.C. Oedipus the King/Oedipus Rex is the second of Sophocles’ three Theban plays produced, but it is first in the internal chronology, followed by Oedipus at Colonus and then Antigone. Today, Chris Brown is similar to Oedipus in that he was well-respected, but due to a tragic flaw, he experiences a downfall and an Oedipus-like exile as a result of the downfall. In the modern world today, Chris Brown is very much similar to Oedipus due to the fact that he was well-respected. Both Oedipus and Chris Brown were powerful men. People worshiped and trusted Oedipus simply because he solved the riddle of the sphinx. They believed Oedipus was the “Wisest in the ways of God.” Like Oedipus, Chris Brown was also worshiped and trusted by devoted fans. People admired Chris Brown because of his ability to dance, act, and sing. Chris Brown is often regarded as the 21st century’s, Michael Jackson because of his strong musical talents. Oedipus and Chris Brown had everything going for them. They had wealth, fame, and happiness. However, things changed in a blink of an eye. Both Oedipus and Chris Brown suffered from a tragic flaw and downfall that ruined their lives and careers for a period of time. Oedipus’ tragic flaw was having excessive pride. He thought he was above everyone else, even the gods. Oedipus believed that he could escape his own fate; a prophecy that said he would kill his father and lie with his mother by leaving Corinth. But, in doing so, Oedipus actually fulfilled the prophecy. Oedipus’ downfall was being figuratively blinded by not seeing the truth of his life about killing his own father and marrying his birth mother. Chris Brown’s tragic flaw was his anger, which led him to physically abusing singer and then girlfriend, Rihanna. Some people praised Chris Brown for...
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