Oedipus Rex Prompt: Modern Comparison/Contrast
Everyone makes mistakes and has flaws – not even famous celebrities are perfect. With all of the social networking, growth of the internet, and all other media sources, these mistakes by the people we adore are blown out of proportion and shared with the world. In the Ancient Greek Tragic play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, the reader learns about the tragic flaw and downfall of Oedipus. While reading, he/she begins to think about all of the celebrities that have also had a flaw which led to a major downfall. Tiger Woods and Oedipus are very similar in that they were both on top of the world but each had tragic flaws which lead to their downfall and exile from the world that they ruled. The similarities between these two people are countless. Tiger Woods was the number 1 golfer in the entire world. He was considered by many to be the “king of golf.” He could do things with a golf ball that no other man could. He won 14 major championships and has 71 other victories on the PGA tour. Forbes announced Woods as the richest sportsman in the world in 2010 saying that he had earned more than 105 million dollars in his career. Not only does he have all of these achievements on the course but he also has many charities and youth projects around the United States. Tiger Woods was considered to be on top of the golfing world. Oedipus Rex was also on top of the world of Thebes. He was the king and married Jocasta. When Oedipus came to Thebes, he was forced to answer a riddle from the sphinx that block the entrance to the city and had plagued the city in recent years. Once he correctly answered the riddle, he became the king of the city. Once he took power, many good things happened to the city. First and foremost, the land began to prosper and soon became a powerful city. During his reign, Oedipus was a well respected and very much liked by all of the people who lived in Thebes. They say, “The higher you go, the harder you fall.”...
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