• Tragic Flaw: Aristotle vs. Oedipus
    Oedipus is a play written by Sophocles that many have heard. Few, however, would not be surprised to discover what Oedipus has discovered at the end of the play, that our tragic hero has killed his own father only to marry his mother. Many ask how this play could be a tragedy? What is the definition...
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  • Oedipus the King
    Oedipus The King In Greek mythology the oracles or gods are rarely wrong in their predictions of the future. Yet the characters still try to fight the predictions. Do their personalities and traits decide their future, or does fate take its course no matter what? Oedipus was...
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  • Oedipus
    The Rise and Falls of Oedipus Rex The Greek tragedy, Oedipus the King, written by Sophocles (496-406 B.C.), adheres to Aristotles (384-322 B.C.) definition of a tragedy. The first criterion of a Greek tragedy is that the protagonist be a good person; doubly blessed with a good heart and noble intention...
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  • Oedipus Rex
    December 12, 2011 Oedipus Rex Sophocles wrote a play that was considered one of the greatest writers of all time. In his play’s Sophocles could relate the audience to the characters on stage at the time. In his play Oedipus Rex he showcased his ability through the main character Oedipus. Aristotle was...
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  • Oedipus
    the dim haze of mystery that adds enchantment to pursuit.” Sophocles’ play Oedipus Rex exemplifies this quote through Oedipus himself, as Oedipus becomes truly obsessed with uncovering the “mystery” as to who killed the king. His experiences in his search for truth are shown through the contrasts between...
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  • English Notes
    by Sophocles Sophocles' "Oedipus the King" is a tragic play which discusses the tragic discovery of Oedipus that he has killed his father and married his mother. The story of Oedipus was well known to the Athenians. Oedipus is the embodiment of the perfect Athenian. He is self-confident, intelligent...
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  • Oedipus
    Oedipus Rex Study Guide The Prologos 1. What initial step does Oedipus indicate he has already taken? 2. What is the significance of Delphi? What is the message from the oracle at Delphi with which Creon returns? 3. What does Oedipus think about the clue Creon reveals about who murdered...
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  • Summary of Antigone
    Antigone brought Ismene outside the city gates at night for a secret meeting: Antigone wanted to bury Polyneices' body. Ismene refused to defy the king, and she failed to dissuade Antigone from doing the deed herself. Creon needed the support of the Chorus of Theban elders, and for his decision regarding...
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  • Comparing Oedipus and Prufrock
    essay, two characters of completely different fields will be put side by side to compare their own tragic flaws. On one hand, Sophocles’ Oedipus is proud, arrogant and persistent; while on the other hand, Eliot’s Prufrock is self conscious, insecure, and indecisive. While the two characters are complete...
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  • The Oedipus Cycle
    The Oedipus Cycle The characters in Sophocles' The Oedipus Cycle: Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone all seem to show complex Freudian concepts. Strangely enough, Sophocles was the only great writer during his time to ever tie in Freudian concepts in his work. In the first part of the...
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  • Oedipus the Tragic Hero
    Aristotle outlined the ingredients necessary for a good tragedy, and he based his formula on what he considered to be the perfect tragedy, Sophocles' Oedipus the King. According to Aristotle, a tragedy must be an imitation of life in the form of a serious story that is complete in itself; in other words, the...
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     A Life Ruined by a Prophecy Submitted by: Fatima V. Khan BSPS2B Oedipus (Swollen Foot) would have lived a happy life if it weren’t for a told prophecy that would cause tragedy to the lives of three. Jocasta, A mother who sent his son to be killed in the forest. Laius, A father...
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  • The United States Economy
    There is no curse on the house of Oedipus. Because of the many terrible things that happen to the members of Oedipus's family, a reader might be led to believe that there is such a curse. However, if that person examines the stories of Oedipus Rex and Antigone more closely, he or she will find that the...
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  • Mmmm
    Oedipus Rex Questions The Prologue (p5-12) 1. Where does the play take place? 2. Which character begins the play? 3. What is Oedipus’s attitude toward the suppliants seeking his help? 4. What does the priest ask Oedipus to do? 5. What has Oedipus already done? 6. Who is Creon...
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  • Oedipus Versus Creon
    Oedipus Versus Creon At first glance, Oedipus and Creon are two very different people. But as time progresses their personalities and even their fates grow more and more similar. In Sophocles's play "Oedipus the King", Oedipus and Creon are two completely opposite people. Oedipus is brash and thoughtless...
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  • Literature
    than a king, and defined as epic hero. In contrast, in King Lear, Lear is a King at the beginning, but fall from grace at the end, and defined as tragic hero. There are similarity and differences between epic and tragic hero through out the two passages given. First, the two passages “king Lear” and...
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  • Tragedy and the common man
    Tragedy and the Common Man is an article written after Death of a Salesman. Having received some criticism for using a common character in a tragedy, Arthur Miller wrote a rebuttal. In it he attempts to prove that tragedy can use a common man rather than a hero or a noble. First, let us analyze traditional...
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  • othello
    noble, but suffers from a tragic flaw which causes things to end in a great tragedy. The authors Sophocles and Shakespeare both created very unique characters that fit the description of what a tragic hero should be. Shakespeare writes the play Othello. Othello is a well-respected man, who is of great honor...
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  • Macbeth/Oedipus
    Flaw(s) of Macbeth and Oedipus Macbeth visualized himself as a forceful, powerful ruler who begins the trilogy in absolute control of the situation. As the story progresses, however , Macbeths' power and pride are broken down because he made it his destiny. As for Oedipus, he was a pitiful man...
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  • Oedipus Annotated Biblography
    Jacqueline Komninos Mrs. McGill AP Lit and Comp / Period 2 30 October 2008 Annotated Bibliography: Oedipus Rex Knox, Bernard M.W. "The Oedipus Legend" Readings On Sophocles 56.2 (Sep. 2008): 85-88. Gale. Niceville High School Lib., Niceville, FL. 14 Sept. 2008 <http://find.galenet...
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