"Oedipus The King Tragic Flaw" Essays and Research Papers

  • Oedipus The King Tragic Flaw

    OedipusTragic Flaws: An Analysis of Oedipus Rex In Sophocles’ play Oedipus Rex, first performed sometime in the 430s B.C.E, the scene opens in front of the palace of Oedipus, King of Thebes. As Oedipus enters, he finds many children and priests praying to the gods. Oedipus questions the oldest of the priests as to why they are praying. The priest tells him that there is a plague of sorts that has befallen on the city of Thebes causing the destruction of crops and livestock and also caused...

    Greek mythology, Jocasta, Oedipus 1231  Words | 3  Pages

  • Oedipus: King, Tragic Hero - An essay on Sophocles' "Oedipus Rex" (Oedipus the King).

    Oedipus the King, by Sophocles, contains a very prominent tragic hero: Oedipus. A tragic hero, by Aristotle's definition of one, must possess six traits. One of them is that the tragic hero must be of noble stature. Another trait of a tragic hero is a tragic flaw. A third trait defined by Aristotle is that a tragic hero must have a period of recognition of his crimes. Oedipus strongly displays each of the three aforementioned, necessary traits; and he is, then, an obvious tragic hero. Oedipus' noble...

    Greek mythology, Hamartia, Jocasta 856  Words | 3  Pages

  • Tragic Flaws of Oedipus

    character flaws (called harmatia in Greek). Ancient Greeks thought the gods would alter a person's character, in order for that person to suffer (or gain from) the appropriate outcome. Such was the case in Oedipus's story. The great Sophoclean play, Oedipus Rex is an amazing play, and one of the first of its time to accurately portray the common tragic hero. Written in the time of ancient Greece, Sophocles perfected the use of character flaws in Greek drama with Oedipus Rex. Using Oedipus as his tragic...

    Aeschylus, Ancient Greece, Oedipus 1106  Words | 4  Pages

  • Oedipus: His Tragic Flaw

    Analytical Analysis on “Oedipus” And his Tragic Flaw It has been said that all tragic heroes possess tragic flaws. Whether this statement applies to Oedipus of “Oedipus” the King, written by Sophocles, is still a matter of much debate even centuries after its debut. If Oedipus bares a “tragic flaw,” then he is a man, and therefore is able to exercise his free will in determining his fate. If, however, Oedipus is a tragic hero without a flaw, then he is said to be a mere “puppet” in his story;...

    Aeschylus, Ismene, Jocasta 2482  Words | 6  Pages

  • The Tragic Fate of Oedipus the King

    In the play Oedipus the King, Oedipus the main character meets with a tragic fate. In the beginning he is a mighty king, ruler of the city of Thebes. Then the people of Thebes come to him with a problem. The city is tragically on the surge of death. Oedipus, being the mighty king he is, is determined to solve the problem. Oedipus saved the city once before and became a hero. Now faced with this problem he would like to be a hero again, but things don't always take a turn out...

    Creon, English-language films, Jocasta 957  Words | 5  Pages

  • Oedipus the King a Tragic Hero

    English 1302-6504 Mrs.Weatherford 21 November 2011 A Tragic Hero Indeed! In Sophocles tragedy Oedipus the King, King Oedipus swears to solve the murder of former King Laios in order to free the city from the plague. The plague taunts the city destroying crops and livestock and making the women unable to bear children. A seer, Teirsias tells Oedipus that he himself is Thebes’s pollution for killing his father and marrying his mother. Oedipus ignores his words and is blind to the truth until he discovers...

    Jocasta, Marriage, Nobility 944  Words | 3  Pages

  • King Lear - Tragic Flaw

    Tragic heroes are so much the highest points in their human landscape that they seem the inevitable conductors of the power about them...great trees more likely to be struck by lightning than a clump of grass. Conductors may of course be instruments as well as victims of the divine lightning.” Tragic heroes are characters of notoriety; held in high regard but are struck with misfortune through their own error. The most noble of men can succumb to their own flaws until driven to the brink of insanity...

    King Lear, Lightning, Lightning strike 892  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Oedipus Plays of Sophocles: Oedipus The King

    The Oedipus Plays of Sophocles: Oedipus The King Oedipus the king a son of prophecies, a gift or a curse? Oedipus the king of Thebes, son of the late King Laius and Queen Jocasta; at birth a prophecy was placed upon him that he would kill his father, marry his mother, and bare children with her. The king and queen came to the conclusion that their one and only son must be killed in efforts to save the kingdom. They couldn’t find the strength to do it themselves so they give him to a servant...

    English-language films, Greek mythology, Jocasta 911  Words | 3  Pages

  • 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 of tragedy? Aristotle's 'The Poetics', is a work in which he tried to define what tragedy was. Aristotle decided that the hero, or at least the main character in a tragedy must be centrally good,...

    Character, Greek mythology, Oedipus 741  Words | 3  Pages

  • Oedipus the King

    Oedipus the King by Sophocles is about Oedipus, a man doomed by his fate. Like most tragedies, “Oedipus the King” contains a tragic hero, a heroic figure unable to escape his/her own doom. This tragic hero usually has a hamartia or a tragic flaw which causes his/hers’ downfall. The tragic flaw that Sophocles gives Oedipus is hubris (exaggerated pride or self-confidence), which is what caused Oedipus to walk right into the fate he sought to escape. Pride like that of Oedipus had...

    Aeschylus, Jocasta, Oedipus 1115  Words | 3  Pages

  • Oedipus the King - Fate vs. Flaws

    Essay #1: Oedipus the KingFlaws vs. Fate Sophocles intertwines the contrasting ideas of fate and free will throughout Oedipus the King, and conclusively leaves it to the audience to determine the reason for the tragedy that occurs in the story. The Oracle informs Oedipus of his destined future, which is to eventually shed his own father’s blood and marry, as well as conceive children with, his mother. As the story plays out, Oedipus comes to the realization that he has indeed fulfilled the...

    Creon, Destiny, Jocasta 869  Words | 3  Pages

  • Oedipus The King

    Composition August 8, 2011 What makes Oedipus the King of Tragedy? How did Oedipus bring about his own destruction? Or is he the victim of a greater force such as fate or the gods? How does pride affect his actions? How do you feel as you watch him fall? Fate is a theme that is often occurring in Greek plays and tragedies in particular. From the beginning of Oedipus, the King, we know that Oedipus is destined to kill his father and marry with his mother. Oedipus discovers that his past is very different...

    Greek mythology, Jocasta, Oedipus 822  Words | 3  Pages

  • Oedipus the King

    Oedipus the King is a old tragedy play by Sophocles. It is about Oedipus, the King of Thebes realizing his destiny of killing his father Laius and marrying his mother Jocasta. In this play, Oedipus plays as a tragic hero by being ''a virtuous man brought from prosperity to adversity." (Aristotle) As the son of Laius, King of Thebes, Oedipus is given up by his father once he is born as Apollo, the God of Truth, sends an oracle at Delphi to Laius that he would die at the hands of his...

    Family, Greek mythology, Jocasta 1082  Words | 3  Pages

  • A Tragic Hero: Oedipus Rex

    and pain, he is labelled a tragic hero. This underline’s the theme of the 429 BC Ancient Greek play, Oedipus Rex, written by Sophocles the Third. This beloved tragedy tells the story of a great King, Oedipus, who tries to live up to his title when the city of Apollo is cursed with a plague and the death of a King. Oedipus must find the culprit of the massacre, and destroy him. However, when a man and a prophet, Creon and Teiresias, accuse Oedipus for the problem, an entire cycle...

    Aeschylus, Creon, Oedipus 728  Words | 5  Pages

  • Oedipus: the Fate of Poweruful a King

    2012 Tragic Hero: Oedipus Final Draft OEDIPUS: THE FATE OF POWERUFUL A KING Imagine being a hero, and your destiny is to kill your father and marry your mother. This is Oedipus’s fate. When he was still a baby, his parents heard of the prophecy they had a shepherd take Oedipus to Kithairon to die. There the shepherd gave the baby to another shepherd from Corinth, where Oedipus was given to the king and queen. In Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, Oedipus proves himself to be a tragic hero...

    Creon, Jocasta, Oedipus 803  Words | 3  Pages

  • Oedipus the Tragic Hero

    Oedipus; The Tragic Hero In the Fourth Century BC, a famous philosopher named Aristotle wrote about the qualities that a tragic hero must possess. Ever since that time, there have been many examples of tragic heroes in literature. None of those characters, however, display the tragic hero traits quite as well as Oedipus, the main character from the play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles. Oedipus is, without a doubt, the absolute quintessence of a tragic hero. His example shines as clear as a sunny...

    Creon, Greek mythology, Jocasta 1402  Words | 4  Pages

  • Oedipus and His Tragic Character

    May 2010 Oedipus and his Tragic Character In the play Oedipus the King we identify the classic tragic hero. The character, Oedipus Rex plays the role of the tragic hero perfectly. He shows the three main characteristics being talented and of noble birth, possessing a tragic flaw that causes the downfall and pain of everyone, and the recognition of responsibility. Oedipus’s first characteristic of being a tragic hero is being talented and of noble birth. Oedipus is talented...

    Greek mythology, Ismene, Jocasta 790  Words | 3  Pages

  • Oedipus the King Sophocles

    2) Is Oedipus a Tragic Hero? Answer this question demonstrating specific understandings of the concepts of Tragedy and the Tragic Hero. In the Greek play, "King Oedipus" written by Sophocles, certain characteristics, which determine the traits of a tragic hero, reveal themselves as the play unfolds. These traits enable readers to enjoy a more enhanced reading of the play and also serve to evoke a particular response from the reader. Readers acknowledge that King Oedipus is a...

    Character, Oedipus, Oedipus the King 1100  Words | 3  Pages

  • Tragic Hero Macbeth & Oedipus

     BIS3043: CRITICAL APPRECIATION OF DRAMA FIRST ASSIGNMENT: TRAGIC HERO DR.LAJIMAN JANOORY GROUP A SEMESTER 3 2012/2013 FARIDA HAMIMI BT MUHAMAD SAIDI D20111047721 AT06-TESL FACULTY OF LANGUAGES AND COMMUNICATIONS Questions: Aristotle in the Poetics defines the tragic hero as someone who is neither excessively evil, someone who is rather like ourselves, who falls from prosperity into adversity because of an error and/or character falling. Discuss this statement with...

    Duncan I of Scotland, Macbeth, Oedipus 1812  Words | 6  Pages

  • Oedipus, a Tragic Hero?

    Oedipus, a Tragic Hero? Elizabeth Howell English 102- B33 Professor Katie Robinson Liberty University October 12, 2012 Oedipus, a Tragic Hero? Thesis: Using Aristotle’s five different descriptions of a tragic hero, we will show that Oedipus in Oedipus the King is in fact a tragic hero and how his decisions led to his downfall. Outline: I. Introduction and Thesis Statement II. Is the character of noble birth? A. King of Thebes B. Real father was king III. Though...

    Audience, Oedipus, Oedipus the King 2145  Words | 7  Pages

  • Oedipus the King

    Oedipus Rex – Key Quotes OPENING SCENE – TONE, LOCATION AND EXPOSITION The action takes place in Thebes in front of the royal palace OEDIPUS: the city fills with incense, chants, and cries of pain? PRIEST: For our city, as you yourself can see,       is badly shaken—she cannot raise her head       above the depths of so much surging death.       Disease infects fruit blossoms in our land,       disease infects our herds of grazing cattle,       makes women in labour lose their children.      ...

    Creon, Greek mythology, Jocasta 732  Words | 5  Pages

  • Oedipus: Tragic Hero or Victim of Fate

    In his work Nature and Elements of Tragedy, Aristotle outlined the characteristics needed in order to create a compelling tragic hero. He states that this particular character must be "better than we are," a man who is superior to the average man in some way. At the same time, a tragic hero must evoke both pity and fear among the audience, causing each member to experience a feeling of catharsis, or strong emotion. According to Aristotle, the best way to achieve this effect is to accurately portray...

    God, Greek mythology, Oedipus 1365  Words | 4  Pages

  • How Does King Oedipus Fit the Profile of the Classical Greek Tragic He

    Classical Greek tragic hero, basing it on what he considered the best tragedy ever written, Sophocle's Oedipus Rex. He felt that a tragedy should comprise of the hero's goodness and superiority, a tragic flaw in which the hero makes fatal errors in judgement which eventually lead to his downfall, a tragic realisation in which the main character understand how he has unwittingly helped to bring about his own destruction and the absence of freewill in the tragic hero's life. <br> <br>Oedipus was a good...

    KILL, Oedipus, Oedipus the King 1381  Words | 4  Pages

  • Characteristics Of King Oedipus

    Characteristics of King Oedipus             At the beginning of Oedipus the KingOedipus is hugely confident, and with good reason. He has saved Thebes from the curse of the Sphinx and become king virtually overnight. He proclaims his name proudly as though it were itself a healing charm: “Here I am myself— / you all know me, the world knows my fame: / I am Oedipus” (7–9).  Also, we see that these qualities make him an excellent ruler who anticipates his subjects’ needs. When the citizens of Thebes...

    Delphi, Jocasta, KILL 1167  Words | 4  Pages

  • Oedipus the King

    him a tragic hero? “Oedipus the King” by Sophocles is a very good play which talks about a guy who was fated to kill his father and married his mother. Aristotle defines “tragic hero as a person of great stature and virtue who becomes aware of a mortal defect within himself.” This defect leads to great tragedy. Oedipus’s own essential nature makes him a tragic hero because his ignorance (lack of knowledge) led him to his own destruction. Also Fate plays an important role in make Oedipus a tragic...

    Apollo, Greek mythology, Jocasta 1612  Words | 4  Pages

  • Character Analysis: Oedipus the King

    The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle once identified the key ingredients of the tragedies that his culture is so famous for. These ingredients include a character with a fatal flaw, the realization of the fault for a particular problem and the final sudden reversal of fortune. For many tragedies, the fatal flaw is demonstrated as excessive pride, which usually serves as the driving force of the play’s action. It is common, even beneficial, to have pride in oneself, but when it becomes expressed...

    Creon, Jocasta, Oedipus 1171  Words | 3  Pages

  • Tragic Events That Take Place in King Oedipus

    that ruined King Oedipus life. One day a tragedy just took over the city Thebes. There is a plague amongst the city. By this time now Oedipus is the king because his father has died. He wants to know why the city is dying and being that everyone is asking him to end it he needs answers. Oedipus sent Creon, his brother-in-law and fellow ruler to the Delphic oracle to find out how to stop the plague. Creon returns to tell Oedipus that the god Apollo knows who murdered Lauis. Oedipus gets angry and...

    Delphi, Family, Greek mythology 996  Words | 3  Pages

  • Comparison between Sophocles' tragedys Antigone and Oedipus the King.

    Antigone and Oedipus The King, written by Sophocles, are deeply tragic plays with a dramatic ending. In both plays, fate arises the question: could have Creon, Oedipus, Antigone, and the rest of the family, prevented the misfortunes, which fell upon them? Or were their lives cursed upon by determination? With every event that took place, the possibility of another occurrence was either higher or lower. One can see that every action brings upon an ironic outcome. Also, the deadly flaw of hubris can...

    Creon, Irony, Jocasta 819  Words | 3  Pages

  • Oedipus

    Oedipus Tyrannous When half human monsters walked the Earth and mythical Gods ruled all of creation, one man was destined to suffer the worst fate ever imaginable. Oedipus Tyrannous is a classic Greek tragedy written by Sophocles around 470 BC. According to Aristotle's Poetics, Greek tragedies should follow certain guidelines in order to be effective tragic drama. Many of Oedipus' character traits ultimately justify his place as a perfect specimen of Aristotle's tragic hero. According...

    Anagnorisis, Ancient Greece, Catharsis 865  Words | 3  Pages

  • Oedipus the King

    cause-and-effect chain. The plague in Thebes prompts Oedipus to send Creon to consult the oracle of Delphi; the oracle¡¦s reply that the murderer of Laius must be banished from Thebes prompts Oedipus pronounce a solemn curse on the murderer and to send for Teiresias. Teriesias states that Oedipus is the murderer, but since the king knows himself to be innocent (or thinks he knows), he accuses Creon of plotting with Teiresias against him. The quarrel of Oedipus and Creon brings Jocasta from the house; seeking...

    Greek mythology, Jocasta, Laius 916  Words | 3  Pages

  • Willy Loman vs. Oedipus the King

    Willy Vs. The King Although they were composed around 2,500 years apart from one another, Oedipus The King by Sophocles, and Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller are known as two of the best tragedy plays ever written. Both of these plays twist and turn with tragedy, and irony. Oedipus was bore to the king and queen of Thebes. At a very young age, they disowned Oedipus and drove metal pins through his ankles and gave them to a shepherd. The shepherd's job was to put Oedipus on top of Cithaeron...

    Character, Death of a Salesman, Drama 2294  Words | 5  Pages

  • Oedipus The Great..Not!!

    Oedipus The Great..Not!! In the book Oedipus The King, there was a curse that stated that Oedipus was to kill his father, Laius, and marry his mother, Jocasta. So when Oedipus' parents find out that Jocasta is pregnant they have the baby and give it to a man to take to the top of a mountain. But instead of the man taking the baby, Oedipus, to the mountain top he gave him to a family and the family then raised Oedipus. When Oedipus was older he was traveling to the town of Thebes when he ran...

    Creon, Greek mythology, Jocasta 1130  Words | 3  Pages

  • Irony in Oedipus the King

    THE TRAGEDY OF OEDIPUS Tragedy, in English, is a word used to indicate other words such as misfortune, calamity, disaster and many more such words. However, this word has another dramatic meaning, not far from its original meaning in English. In Western theatre it is a genre that presents a heroic or moral struggle of an individual that leads to his or her ultimate defeat or misfortune. When the audience and reader share the playwright's particular social perception and social values they easily...

    Creon, Greek mythology, Jocasta 2284  Words | 6  Pages

  • Tragic Hero

    Tragic Hero From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia A tragic hero is a protagonist with a tragic flaw, also known as fatal flaw, which eventually leads to his demise. The concept of the tragic hero was created in ancient Greek tragedy and defined by Aristotle. Usually, the realization of fatal flaw results in catharsis or epiphany. The tragic flaw is sometimes referred to as an Achilles' heel after the single fatal flaw of the Greek warrior Achilles. [citation needed] Aristotelian tragic hero ...

    Anagnorisis, Catharsis, Hamartia 1586  Words | 6  Pages

  • Hamlet's Tragic Flaws

    Is Hamlet's distress understandable? Why does he fail to act until too late? Is his inaction due to a tragic flaw? Until relatively recently, critics tended to assume that the causes of tragic misfortune resided in some moral defect of the protagonist. Aristotle’s term hamartia (derived from “fault,” “failure,” guilt” but literally meaning to “miss the mark”) was often translated as “tragic flaw,” leading critics to seek the chink in the hero’s armour (such as pride or ambition) which leads to...

    Anagnorisis, Hamlet, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1120  Words | 4  Pages

  • Oedipus The King Close Reading

    Sophocles’ Oedipus the king, Oedipus is first introduced to the truth of both his and his mother, turned wife’s prophesy by the prophet Teiresias. This news is not something Oedipus willingly accepts; the stichomythia dialogue that takes place in this extract not only shows a transformation in the tone and mood of the play but also highlights various themes that are not only widely prominent within the extract, but are relevant to the rest of the play also. Moreover, this extract shows Oedipus initially...

    Aeschylus, Greek mythology, Oedipus 1150  Words | 5  Pages

  • Jocasta as a Tragic Hero

    2012 Upholding Jocasta as the Tragic Hero What makes a tragic hero? Aristotle lays down groundwork of a tragic hero as being essentially good. They are neither villain nor saint because they have flaws. Several elememts are nevcesary to have a tragic hero, they are the tragic flaw, the reversal, recognition, and hubris. These generally make up the story of the tragic hero, and in the case of Jocasta, the wife and mother of Oedipus in Sophocles’ Oedipus the King, she posses all three. Yet she...

    Aeschylus, Greek mythology, Jocasta 1233  Words | 4  Pages

  • Oedipus, an Ironic Tragic Hero

    Oedipus, an Ironic Tragic Hero Much of the tragedy of the play comes from the irony involved in fate Oedipus’s life. Being a tragic hero Oedipus is on a quest for truth, during his quest he realizes that if he continues on his quest for truth he will cause himself great harm yet he continues his pursuit for truth. The audience is seized by the ironic nature of this play, and the tragic nature of Oedipus’s life. Oedipus is lines up against fate and takes steps to try not to fulfill the prophecy...

    Character, Drama, Greek mythology 1034  Words | 3  Pages

  • Emotions and Free Will in Sophocles’ Oedipus the King

    Emotions and Free Will in Sophocles’ Oedipus the King Sophocles’ play brings up the complex issues about the relationship between human’s free will and fate predestined by the Gods. It examines the nature of human confidence to defy fate as well as human’s limited ability against the unknown force that they do not completely understand (p. 609). Several remarks were made in the play to question the authority of the divine powers. If the prophecies are wrong, however, how could the play...

    Decision making, Decision theory, Greek mythology 1912  Words | 5  Pages

  • Tragic Flaw

    and The Flaw By Phanit Asavanamaung 10B Stories are told in many styles, through different medias; all which are to entertain or educate its audience. Christopher Booker, the author of the book 'The Seven Basic Plots', introduces the idea of the seven basics categories of any story told. The seven basic archetypes are Over Coming the Monster, Rags to Riches, The Quest, Voyage and Return, Comedy, Rebirth and Tragedy. Tragedy as one of the seven archetypes, are found in any type of stories; from...

    Ancient Greek theatre, Character, Poetics 1322  Words | 3  Pages

  • A Comparison Between King Lear and Oedipus

    King Lear Comparison A tragedy is not only an imitation of life in general but an imitation of an action, as Aristotle defined his ideas in the Poetics, which presents Oedipus as an ultimate tragic hero. There is a obvious link between the two characters in that blindness – both literal and metaphorical – is a strong theme in the stories. Issues of self-recognition and self-knowledge are significant for Oedipus as well as King Lear. For Aristotle, Reversal, Recognition and Suffering are key...

    Character, Fool, Oedipus the King 1649  Words | 4  Pages

  • An Analysis of Oedipus the King by Sophocles

    Austin Jones December 2, 2012 English Period B Ms. Mazz Oedipus the King: 1. Free will plays a greater role than fate in this play. Fate plays a greater role because the characters make their own decisions. They make the decisions that lead to their downfall. An example of how free will plays a greater role than fate in this play is when Oedipus decides to continue his search for his real parents. Jocasta warns him and tells him to call of the search. “Stop. In the name of god, if you love...

    Greek mythology, Irony, Jocasta 940  Words | 3  Pages

  • tragic heroes

    Hamlet and Oedipus as Tragic Heroes The term “tragic hero” is usually defined by one of the most important characters throughout a Greek or Roman play. Both plays Hamlet and Oedipus are both tragedies, because they display a conflict between the protagonist and a superior force which is their destiny. Having a distressed or catastrophic conclusion that leads to pity or terror. A tragic hero always acts exactly on his or her own emotions; thus aiding their tragic flaw and leading to their own demise...

    Characters in Hamlet, Hamartia, Hamlet 1308  Words | 3  Pages

  • Oedipus as a Tragic Hero

    the play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, the Greek audience experiences Oedipus’ heartbreaking journey to find out who he really is and how his hubris and many other fatal flaws contribute to his downfall. The Greeks loved a good tragedy and Oedipus Rex did not disappoint. In this play Oedipus was put on a mountaintop as a baby because his birth parents, King Laïos and Queen Iocastê, were told that one day Oedipus would kill his father and marry his mother. To prevent this from happening King Laïos and...

    Aeschylus, Creon, KILL 840  Words | 3  Pages

  • An Analysis of the Play Oedipus The King by Sophocles

    play Oedipus The King begins with the king and queen of Thebes, Laius and Jocasta. Laius was warned by an oracle that his own son would kill him and that he would marry his mother, Jocasta. Determined to reverse their fate, Laius pierced and bound his newborn sons feet and sent a servant away with him with strict instructions to leave the child to die on the mountain of Cithaeron. However, the servant felt badly for the infant and gave him to a shepherd who then gave the child to Polybus, king of Corinth...

    Greek mythology, Jocasta, Oedipus 1515  Words | 4  Pages

  • Oedipus Essay

    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 athenian's. Oedipus is the embodiement of the perfect Athenian. He is self-confident, intelligent, and strong willed. Ironically these are the very traits which bring about his tragic discovery. Oedipus gained the rule of Thebes by answering the riddle of Sphinx. Sophocles used the riddle of the sphinx...

    Greek mythology, Jocasta, Laius 775  Words | 4  Pages

  • Oedipus Research Paper

    Abstract According to Aristotle, Sophocles play, Oedipus, was the perfect tragedy. It contained the elements of a hero of noble birth or rank, a fall for the hero based on a “tragic flaw” and evoked pity for the main character, King Oedipus. This essay will attempt to reflect how Oedipus is a prime example of Aristotle’s tragic hero. Thesis Oedipus illustrates Aristotle’s definition of the tragic hero through the esteem of the king, the fatal flaw the brings about the fall of the kind and the...

    Ancient Greek theatre, Character, Greek loanwords 1538  Words | 6  Pages

  • oedipus the king

    Some Aristotelian principles-- 1) Genre and generic attributes Aristotle sought to anchor his definitions of literary genres in exemplary works and authors. Of tragedians, he considered Sophocles the best, and his Oedipus Tyrannus ("Oedipus the King") the finest example. That's immediately debatable because great works by two other major tragedians survived (Aeschylus and Euripides). In the case of epics, his task was easier because only one author's work were widely known to...

    Aristotle, Drama, Literature 1706  Words | 6  Pages

  • oedipus

    2014 Oedipus Rex and the Journey of Self-Discovery Those who have the ability of sight are stuck in the darkness of ignorance hidden behind lies and those who do not have the ability of sight are in the light of what the truth reveals. Throughout Oedipus’ journey of self-discovery one will notice how he develops as a character. Oedipus is referred to as a character that shows great pride and temper, his quick acts of judgement and fate are the reasons to his downfall as a tragic hero....

    Creon, Jocasta, Oedipus 1438  Words | 4  Pages

  • Oedipus The King: Book Report

    11/2/10 Oedipus "Book Report" Title: Oedipus The King Author and Date: Sophocles Main Characters * Oedipus- Oedipus is the son of Laius and Jocasta. He is the husband of Jocasta, his mother. Oedipus is the well liked king of Thebes. He is smart, acts fast, and has many great achievements. One of those achievements is the solving of the sphinx’s riddle that liberated the people of Thebes. Throughout the play Oedipus acts fast when his kingdom is sick, when he is attempting to put the blame...

    Creon, Greek mythology, Jocasta 845  Words | 3  Pages

  • Oedipus Rex and the Hero's Journey

    Question: Discuss whether or not a hero who is tragic by trait and definition can exist within the structure of the monomyth. Quote Bank “untroubled influence” (Fitzgerald, 31) “can not lift her head from the death surge” (Fitzgerald, 4) “what defilement?” (Fitzgerald, 7) “how shall [they] rid [themselves] of it?” (Fitzgerald, 7) “no help in the truth” (Fitzgerald, 17) “the net God has been weaving for him” (Fitzgerald, 39) Response By definition, a tragic hero is a character who is unavoidably...

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  • Oedipus the King

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