"What Is The Symbolic Meaning Of Blindness In Oedipus Rex" Essays and Research Papers

  • What Is The Symbolic Meaning Of Blindness In Oedipus Rex

    In literature, blindness serves a general significant meaning of the absence of knowledge and insight. It serves this same purpose in Sophocles' classic tragedy, Oedipus Rex. In this piece, blindness manifests itself in three ways: intellectual blindness, which is the refusal or inability to accept knowledge; physical blindness, which is being without the physical sense of sight; and metaphorical blindness, which is what blindness symbolizes or means for each character affected by it. In all aspects...

    Blindness, Epistemology, Knowledge 1147  Words | 3  Pages

  • Oedipus Rex

    Oedipus Rex In Oedipus Rex, Sophocles uses dramatic techniques in order to create tension, an impact or a certain atmosphere in the play. Some examples of this include foreshadowing, imagery, symbolism, and many more. However, this essay is only going to talk about two of these methods; irony. These two methods seem to be the most used in the play and also seem to add the most feeling or impact on the audience. There are many instances in Oedipus Rex, that the dramatic technique of irony is...

    Creon, Drama, Irony 791  Words | 3  Pages

  • Sight and Blindness in Oedipus Rex

    In the play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, the themes of sight and blindness are developed in a way to communicate to the reader that it is not eyesight itself, but insight that holds the key to truth and, without it, no amount of knowledge can help uncover that truth. Some may define insight as the ability to intuitively know what is going to happen, or simply as the capacity to understand the true nature of a situation. Both definitions hold a significant role in the play, not only for more obvious...

    Creon, Greek mythology, Jocasta 1305  Words | 4  Pages

  • Oedipus Rex

    Journal Project for Oedipus Rex 1. What is the effect of Oedipus' insistence and promises regarding the hunting down and punishing of the murderer of Laius? What does this suggest concerning his character as well as the meaning of Sophocles' play? Sophocles – a Greek poet and a writer – was famous for his tragedies. All of his plays and tragedies consisted of a very distinctive style called dramatic irony - a situation of drama which is understood by the audience but not grasped by the characters...

    Greek mythology, Jocasta, Oedipus 1710  Words | 5  Pages

  • oedipus rex

    In Sophocles’ play, Oedipus Rex, there are many themes that are woven through the life of King Oedipus, and revealed through the key points of the plot. One of the most important themes is the inevitability of ones’ fate. Although fate is considered the usual genre of the Greeks in playwriting there, are specifics that Oedipus conducts unusual to our own way of thinking of a king during the Ancient Greek times. For example: Oedipus’s ignorance of believing what is said from his wife, Iocaste...

    Greek mythology, Jocasta, Oedipus 2224  Words | 5  Pages

  • Oedipus Rex study guide

    How does Oedipus characterize himself? A: The the classic literature Oedipus Rex Oedipus characterizes himself as cursed by birth. 2. What is his attitude toward the suppliants? A: His attitude towards the suppliants is good. He anticipates his subject’s needs and is always one step ahead of them 3. What conditions in Thebes does the Priest describe? The Priest describes the city that is in a tide of death from which there is no escape. 4. How do the suppliants view Oedipus? The...

    Creon, Greek mythology, Jocasta 400  Words | 3  Pages

  • Oedipus Rex

    Comparative Essay: Oedipus Rex The role of fate is the power that determines the outcome of events as well as the actions of how people choose what they want to do can contribute to a breakdown of a person. In Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, Oedipus’ own actions through his life contribute to his downfall at the end of the play. It is Oedipus choice to look for answers of his childhood. Oedipusblindness to the truth of his life causes him to make a decision to become blind at his downfall. The excessive...

    Blindness, Greek mythology, Mother 983  Words | 3  Pages

  • Oedipus Rex as Aristotalian Tragedy

    One may argue that the Greek playwright, Sophocles modeled his play Oedipus Rex on Aristotle's definition and analysis of tragedy.Since according to Aristotle's definition, "A tragedy is an imitation of action that is serious, complete and of a certain magnitude; in language embellished artistic ornaments, the several kinds being found in separate parts of the play; in the form of action, not narrative with incidents that evokes pity and fear of a persons emotions." Also Aristotle identified...

    Creon, Jocasta, Oedipus 1506  Words | 5  Pages

  • Oedipus Rex

    Essay on Oedipus Rex 4-3-97 In Sophocles' Oedipus Rex, the theme of irony plays an important part through the play. What Oedipus does, what he says, and even who he is can sometimes be ironic. This irony can help us to see the character of Oedipus as truly a 'blind' man, or a wholly 'public' man. A great irony is found in Oedipus's decree condemning the murderer. Oedipus says, "To avenge the city and the city's god, / And not as though it were for some distant friend, / But for my own sake, to...

    Delphi, Greek mythology, Irony 2535  Words | 7  Pages

  • Oedipus Rex

    Greek Tragedy The Greek drama Oedipus Rex is clearly a tragedy. It definitely meets the five main criteria for a tragedy: a tragic hero of noble birth, a tragic flaw, a fall from grace, a moment of remorse, and catharsis. Interestingly, even though Oedipus the King came before Poetics, Sophocles’ play illustrates Aristotle’s rules for classical drama. Oedipus the King particularly displays a tragic emotion, a tragic character, and a tragic fall. Aristotle also writes that such a drama ought to have...

    Aeschylus, Drama, Oedipus 1350  Words | 4  Pages

  • oedipus rex

    through a minefield. However, we often tend to approach “sight” and “blindness” from very literal perspective. Whereas Sophocles, in his play Oedipus Rex, approaches the sight-blind dichotomy metaphorically. Sophocles associates sight with possession of prophecy and knowledge while connecting blindness to ignorance, using Tiresius and Oedipus as physical representations of the latter and former. Sophocles uses sight and blindness to establish that humans are natural drawn to the unknown and that insight...

    Consciousness, Oedipus, Oedipus the King 1049  Words | 3  Pages

  • Oedipus Rex

    Aristotle said “Oedipus Rex” by Sophocles is the best Greek play ever written. The audiences might agree with Aristotle depending upon their understanding of the “healthy confusion” of both pleasure and perplexity portrayed. “Oedipus Rex” is one immense riddle that lifts the audience’s minds’ to a higher understanding of the human life. Greek culture would call this: Catharsis, which is purification of the mind. Thematic ideas in the play are derived from the axial age, which concentrated on logos...

    Jocasta, Metaphysics, Mind 1136  Words | 3  Pages

  • Oedipus Symbolism

    Oedipus Symbolism Many stories from ancient times as well as present times use symbolism to prove a point or to help with the understanding of the story. Symbolisms are used in stories and plays of all kinds to help get a point across or to help clarify the meaning of the story, and the play, Oedipus the King, is no different. There are many things throughout the play that are symbolic and very important to the understanding of the play. Two of the major symbolic things in the play are blindness...

    Blindness, Meaning of life, Oedipus 986  Words | 3  Pages

  • Oedipus Rex

    Oedipus Rex Sophocles, 496-406 B.C. Main Characters Oedipus - The story revolves around Oedipus and his search for the cause of the blight on his city finding it to be himself. Iocaste - Iocaste is Oedipus’ wife and mother who was very supportive of Oedipus’ search of the truth until she found out that she was part of that truth when she committed suicide. Creon - Creon, Iocaste’s brother, helps Oedipus find the murderer, but when the truth begins to come out through Teiresias, Oedipus...

    Creon, Greek mythology, Jocasta 1363  Words | 4  Pages

  • Oedipus Rex as a Religious Drama

    Discuss the sense in which Oedipus Rex (the king) is a religious drama. This essay will discuss the sense in which Oedipus Rex (the king) is a religious drama. As this subject is so broad, the focus will fall on the Gods that the plays are in tribute too; the concept of a predetermined fate; and the ways in which their genre, and related catharsis and technicalities, convey religion. Oedipus Rex, part of a Sophoclean trilogy, was performed in the midst of the Athenian spring festival of Dionysus...

    Aeschylus, Creon, Greek mythology 1351  Words | 4  Pages

  • Oedipus Rex

    Prof McGee November 23, 2013 Proper Punishment and Justice in Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex Within Sophocles’ play, Oedipus Rex, Oedipus’ destiny was to marry his biological mother and murder his biological father. Oedipus pointlessly tries to change his fate, but was powerless in changing anything. With no control over his destined fate, unaware of his family history, and unconscious of who his birth parents were, Oedipus is guiltless in killing his father and marrying his very own mother. Justice...

    Justice, Laius, Murder 1741  Words | 5  Pages

  • Oedipus Rex Study

    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 King Laios? What might this perception foreshadow? 4. What does Oedipus promise to do at the end of the Prologos? 5. Of what symbolic significance are the olive boughs, strewn at the alter steps...

    Aeschylus, Creon, Greek mythology 1478  Words | 4  Pages

  • Oedipus Rex

    Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex Sophocles in Oedipus Rex introduces the horrors of veracity through the journey the tragic hero Oedipus takes on. This tragedy encompasses all the concepts of Aristotle’s Poetics in regards to a complex plot. According to Aristotle, a tragedy is an event that has to arouse pity and fear to the readers; Oedipus contains all the features of this demand. In terms of Oedipus’ tragedy, he’s seen as the cursed one who consequently has to suffer the tragic repercussions of fate...

    Aeschylus, Hamartia, Oedipus 2020  Words | 5  Pages

  • Oedipus Rex

    Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex is one of Greek literatures classic tragedies. It supports and demonstrates Aristotle’s view on tragedy in the story, and ultimately defines how this drama is a tragedy. He talks about tragedy being “an imitation of a noble and complete action” (Witt, 165) along with being artistically enhanced with fearful incidents. Important parts of tragedies also include plot, character, diction, thought, spectacle, and melody. Tragedies are imitations of human action...

    Catharsis, Character, Drama 773  Words | 5  Pages

  • Oedipus Rex

    The Tragedy of Oedipus A Greek tragedy is not like stories today. Certain elements separate Greek tragedies from modern day plays. The main aspect that distinguishes the difference between Ancient Greece and now is the sense of pity and fear. Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex proves to be a Greek tragedy, according to Aristotle’s “The Art of Poetry”, through its plot and dramatic twists of events. One could classify Oedipus Rex as a Greek tragedy because it contains the elements, such as suffering, peripety...

    Ancient Greece, Character, Euripides 1229  Words | 4  Pages

  • Oedipus Rex

    Oedipus: An Exceptional Man In all the passages that have been written through history on how an excellent man should behave, one writing stands out from all of them. Aristotle’s, The High-Minded Man. This manuscript explains that for any play to be truly considered a tragedy, its hero must meet Aristotle’s standards for a high-minded man. In the tragedy of Oedipus Rex, by Sophacles, Oedipus clearly meets the requirements to be called a high-minded man. Oedipus is expressive about his thoughts...

    Characteristic, Oedipus, Oedipus the King 970  Words | 3  Pages

  • Oedipus Rex and the Riddle

    Oedipus Rex, written by Sophocles is a Greek tragedy built on the basis of a riddle given by the maleficent Sphinx, who in Egypt is considered the protector of the three pyramids, however, the perspective given to us by the narrator in this drama allows us to view that it is really a "disease" which plagues, torments and confines the citizens of Thebes. Despite that fact, the Sphinx can represent all that is rational about man, as in the tragedy she chooses to challenge man's thought and intellect...

    Greek mythology, Jocasta, Oedipus 1520  Words | 4  Pages

  • Oedipus Rex Literary Synthesis

    2012 The Tragic Destiny of Oedipus Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex is one of the most well- known tragic plays in existence. Oedipus, the King of Thebes, is the victim of a curse in which he must suffer the tragedy of his own unchangeable fate. The tragic heroism of Oedipus befalls him because of his heroic qualities and his loyalty to his Thebans and to himself. His unchangeable destiny affects so many others throughout the play. These others’ subsequent suffering that Oedipus brings upon them helps contribute...

    Creon, Greek mythology, Jocasta 1475  Words | 4  Pages

  • Oedipus Rex and Gilgamesh

    Gilgamesh and Oedipus Rex The stories of Gilgamesh and Oedipus Rex show us through their themes that they have stronghold ties to the characteristics of classical literature. The story of the flood from the Old Testament shows great significance in the epic of Gilgamesh. In the story, it tells how Gilgamesh built a boat because the gods were going to send a flood and he wanted to cross the ocean to find immortality. Well, this is very similar to how God told Noah to build the ark because he was...

    Epic of Gilgamesh, Epic poetry, Greek mythology 1556  Words | 4  Pages

  • ROLE OF IRONIES IN OEDIPUS REX

    ROLE OF IRONIES IN OEDIPUS REX Oedipus Rex is one of the best tragedies. 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 story must be realistic and narrow in focus. A good tragedy will evoke pity and fear in its viewers. Irony: Irony is a figure of speech in which words are used in such a way that their intended meaning is different from the actual meaning of the words. In Oedipus Rex, ironies play a vital...

    Creon, Greek mythology, Irony 883  Words | 3  Pages

  • Oedipus Rex Criticism

    Tessa Garibaldi November 15, 2012 Mr. Stoner English 10 Lit. (H) Oedipus Rex: Analysis of Story and Criticism Throughout the play Oedipus Rex written by Sophocles I, readers notice that identification of characters is crucial. In Oedipus Rex, Oedipus is the King of Thebes when a plague is brought upon his community. He sends Creon, his brother-in-law, to identify the origin of the plague. In doing so, he discovers that the reason is because a murder has been committed that has befouled the...

    Creon, Greek mythology, Jocasta 864  Words | 3  Pages

  • Oedipus Rex and Aristotle

    The Six Elements of a Tragedy in “Oedipus Rex” Aristotle’s “The Poetics” describes the process of a tragedy. It is not the guide per se of writing a tragedy but is the idea’s Aristotle collected while studying tragedies. A tragedy, according to Aristotle, consists of six major points. The first and most important is the plot, which is what all the other points are based on. Such points are: character, language, thought, melody, and spectacle (Aristotle). A prime example of the usage of these...

    Catharsis, Character, Drama 889  Words | 3  Pages

  • Oedipus Rex and Plato’s Allegory of the Cave: The Illusion of Reality

    Emmie Thompson AP English 10.1.13 Oedipus Rex and Plato’s Allegory of the Cave: The Illusion of Reality Sophocles was known for his emphasis on the individual’s uncompromising search for truth, particularly in “Oedipus Rex.” In Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave,” he, similarly to Sophocles, illustrates man’s pursuit of truth and what that means. Plato suggests that truth is subjective to each man. But what is truer? What is illusion and what is reality? Just because something is illusion for one...

    Blindness, Existence, Oedipus 1639  Words | 4  Pages

  • Oedipus

    vital role in Oedipus Rex ranging for the pinnacle of Oedipus’ success to his distressed downfall. Centuries ago during Sophocles existence the ancient Greeks believed that one’s fate was predetermined by the Gods and unable to change. In modern times the definition of fate has evolved; fate is merely a belief that we are what we shape ourselves to be. Oedipus fate was unable to be ignored due to his blindness throughout the play. Blindness also plays an important role in Oedipus Rex. Sophocles uses...

    Aeschylus, Ancient Greece, Blindness 1086  Words | 3  Pages

  • Misunderstanding: "Oedipus Rex"

    In "Oedipus Rex" by Sophocles we see many occasions where a reader or perhaps even a scholar can begin to get confused. However, Misunderstanding the Oedipus Rex takes time to look at some of the most debated events throughout the entire book. E.R. Dodd's transforms Oedipus Rex into a descriptive legible masterpiece. Within we find the answers to many key questions and elements which have plagued undergraduates and scholars for years, and perhaps even years to come. "In what sense, if in any, does...

    Aeschylus, Creon, Free will 969  Words | 3  Pages

  • Oedipus: Blindness

    Blindness in Oedipus Oedipus thought his life was great. Feeling powerful and almighty, Oedipus was wonderful at solving riddles, but did not like the answer to the riddle of who he really was. Although many told him to stop trying to figure out the answer, it was not in his nature to give up. Oedipus thought he could see everything, but he was actually blind of the truth about his life until the end. In the beginning, Oedipus is told by Teiresias that he lives in shame. Of course, Oedipus...

    Guilt, Mind, Oedipus 1117  Words | 4  Pages

  • Free Will in Oedipus Rex and the Odyssey

    of the myths they are dealing with. Homer’s Odyssey suggests that humans need not search for meaning in their lives, as it is administered and controlled by the gods; Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex offers a completely different standpoint, in which humans, for all their worldly knowledge, can still be held blind to the truth of their existence and origins. Odyssey primarily deals with a world of immanent meaning; that is to say, divine presence is everywhere, and everything is subject to the will of the...

    Athena, Greek mythology, Odysseus 822  Words | 3  Pages

  • Literary Devices In Oedipus Rex

    Literary Devices in Oedipus Rex Dramatic Irony: For example, when Creon tells Oedipus about the god’s curse on Thebes, Oedipus puts his own curse on the murderer of Laius, not knowing it was he who killed Laius (Sophocles, 14). Throughout the book, Oedipus learns things that the audience would have already known, like when Oedipus discovers who his parents really are. Verbal Irony: “I pray that the man’s life be consumed in evil and wretchedness” – Oedipus (Sophocles 14) Oedipus demands that the evil...

    Greek mythology, Irony, Jocasta 1321  Words | 3  Pages

  • Oedipus Rex

    Aristotle’s Tragic Hero: Oedipus Rex The Athenian tragedy Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles, yields a rare quality of emotional and character depth that is unparalleled and has withstood the arduous test of time. Much of the stimulation derived from Oedipus Rex is in the unraveling of the protagonist’s fate. By the hands of the gods, almighty King Oedipus is prophesized to take his own father’s life and marry his mother. Never has a man stood so tall and fallen so hard. In Poetics, Aristotle describes...

    Jocasta, Laius, Oedipus 1108  Words | 3  Pages

  • Oedipus Rex

    characterization allow us to see not only each character's obvious side, but their hidden side too, that is not always as easily seen. In the play Oedipus Rex, the three main characters Oedipus, Teiresias, and Iokaste are introduced to us through direct and indirect characterization, where we learn about each character's positive as well as negative traits. Oedipus, the main character in the story, and the King of Thebes, has many different traits. His positive qualities are shown to the reader by both...

    Character, Greek mythology, Jocasta 834  Words | 3  Pages

  • Hamartia with Respect to Oedipus in the Play ''Oedipus Rex''.

    Hamartia with respect to Oedipus in the play Oedipus Rex. The tragedy must not be a spectacle of a virtuous man brought from prosperity to adversity: for this moves neither pity nor fear; it merely shocks us; nor again, that of a bad man passing from adversity to prosperity…It must concern a man who is not eminently good and just, yet whose misfortune is brought about not by vice or depravity, but by some error or frailty. (The Poetics) In Oedipus Rex, the character of Oedipus is a victim of hamartia...

    Anagnorisis, Hamartia, Oedipus 1182  Words | 3  Pages

  • A Tragic Hero: Oedipus Rex

    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 of downward events are put into Oedipus’ lap leading him to his recognition...

    Aeschylus, Creon, Oedipus 728  Words | 5  Pages

  • A Comparative Tragedy Study of Fatalism and Determinism: Oedipus Rex and Thunderstorm

    A Comparative Tragedy Study of Fatalism and Determinism: Oedipus Rex and The Thunderstorm 1. INTRODUTION The Thunderstorm and Oedipus Rex, the representatives of Chinese and Greek play, both tell tragic stories about incest and unexpected destiny. The two masterpieces reveal much about the literature patterns and philosophical implications of the different cultures. The exploration of the two plays could help further understand the oneness of world literature and the tragedy of unlike culture...

    Chinese literature, Drama, Oedipus 2488  Words | 7  Pages

  • Oedipus Rex

    Oedipus Rex Topic: Is it always good to know the truth? Have you ever heard the saying ‘’ the truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.’’ Well behind that there is another question, Is it always good to know the truth? Some say the truth will either break or make a person. Would you rather live your life in a bundle of lies and pretend to be happy? Or would you rather spend your life in shame and suffering because of the truth? It would be a guarantee the guilty feeling will...

    Creon, Greek mythology, Jocasta 1089  Words | 3  Pages

  • Oedipus Rex

    Oedipus the King: The Irony in His Tragic Situation Oedipus’ tragedy lies in the irony of his predicament: he is both cause and solution. In spite of this irony, it is foolish to simply place the blame squarely on Oedipus’ shoulders. Consequently, while Oedipus is paradoxical in nature, he cannot be attributed with a tragic flaw.Throughout the play one sees the irony present in the play's themes of fate, trust, and sight. This reflects mainly on Oedipus’ situation but more subtly exposes...

    Greek mythology, Irony, Jocasta 1087  Words | 3  Pages

  • Use of Blindness in Oedipus Rex

    The Use of Blindness in Oedipus Rex Authors often use blindness both metaphorically and literally to describe their characters. In Oedipus Rex, Sophocles begins the play with literally blind Thebans suffering from a plague that their metaphorically blind king has brought upon them. Oedipus, being the king, is trying to help his blind Thebans. In doing this, he blindly curses the murderer of the late King Laius for bringing this plague, not knowing that the murderer is himself. When...

    Blindness, Creon, Jocasta 622  Words | 2  Pages

  • Oedipus Rex Translations

    versions of Oedipus Rex, the first version translated by Fitts and Fitzgerald, and the second translated by Luci Berowitz and Theodore Brunner, the emotional appeal is quite different due to the different diction of each of the translation versions. The different diction in the two versions seems to give Oedipus two different characters. The diction that the four authors use in their translations of Oedipus Rex is very effective in conveying different emotional feelings about Oedipus and his thoughts...

    Lebanon, Tennessee, Need, Oedipus 1033  Words | 3  Pages

  • Oedipus Rex

    Characters Protagonist: Oedipus Antagonist: Fate, the Truth Oedipus (ED ih pihs or EE dih pihs): King of Thebes. Jocasta: Wife of Oedipus. Creon: Jocasta's brother. Teiresias (ti RE se uhs): Blind prophet. Antigone(an TIG uh ne): Daughter of Oedipus. Ismene (iz ME ne):Daughter of Oedipus. Messenger Shepherd Chorus of Theban Elders Setting Ancient Greece in the city of Thebes, northwest of Athens. Theme .......Fate punishes the proud and the insolent with ironic...

    Creon, Drama, Jocasta 987  Words | 3  Pages

  • Analysis of Euripides' Medea and Sophocles' Oedipus Rex

    Analysis of Euripides' Medea and Sophocles' Oedipus Rex Greek tragedies are some of the most compelling and interesting works of literature. The plot usually follows a common patten in which a heroic lead meets an unhappy or catastrophic end. This end is usually brought about by some fatal flaw of character, circumstances beyond his or her control, or by sheer destiny. In Medea, a tragedy written by Euripides, the focus is on conflict in human spirit between Medea’s love for her children and...

    Character, Drama, Euripides 1114  Words | 3  Pages

  • Major Themes in Oedipus Rex

    Analysis of Major Themes in Oedipus Rex  Sophocles is given the credit he deserves for this play which was first performed in 429  B.C. the twist and turns that are presented within the play are intricate and well written.  The  themes that are presented within the play help tell the story of Oedipus and how the tragic events  that unfold in his life involving the prophecy that was told by the oracle when he was born. The  themes were introduced with exceptional placement which aid in the development of Oedipus’  realization of the truth and his downfall...

    Oedipus, Oedipus the King 2497  Words | 9  Pages

  • Oedipus Rex Vs. Antigone

    Daniel Nierenberg Comparative Essay 11-20-01 "Oedipus Rex" & "Antigone" It is only natural that an author use similar vessels of literature, such as figurative language, literary devices, and elements in his/her work. It is even more apparent between works that are connected by character, time, and theme. Sophocles did this when he wrote "Oedipus Rex" and "Antigone". When comparing the two pieces, it becomes evident that very similar vessels connected these very different plays. Sophocles uses a...

    Creon, Ismene, Jocasta 1407  Words | 4  Pages

  • Argument in Favor of Oedipus Rex

    Submitted to: Ma’am Fehmina Naz Submitted on: 19th September 2011 Argument in Favor of Oedipus’ Fate Play: Oedipus Rex Writter: Sophocles No one can deny freewill of a person totally, so as fate. But as I m in favor of Oedipus, the protagonist of ancient Greek play “Oedipus Rex” by Sophocles. I think here in it, fate is more responsible for Oedipus’ end. Many questions were raised against Oedipus in class argument about his character flaws, running from the fate, killing his father, marrying...

    Greek mythology, Jocasta, Marriage 1505  Words | 5  Pages

  • OEDIPUS REX ESSAY

    and in the world of Dante Alighieri, the proud were tortured in the deep abyss of Hell. As the  protagonists of the Greek Tragedy ​ Oedipus the King​  and ​ Star Wars​ , Oedipus and Anakin Skywalker  are both entangled into a tragic plot, with their own extreme pride as the impetus to all actions.  Regarded as messiahs of their respective worlds, they swiftly turn proud and arrogant. With both  Oedipus Rex and Anakin Skywalker sharing a hamartia of hubris, they cause their own ultimate  downfall through the betrayal of allies...

    Bible, God 1362  Words | 5  Pages

  • Oedipus Rex vs. Hamlet

    the veins of a family, spews its fatal venom into capillaries and infecting the soul. The poison of betrayal, despair and the disease of the psyches cloud the mind in both Oedipus Rex and Hamlet. In both instances, all characters fall victim to a shattered world, ripped apart by failed expectancies. Prince Hamlet and King Oedipus both watch as their families become dismembered. There was a pattern of ideals that were violated and corrupt, progressing the plays’ actions. The helping hands which aided...

    Characters in Hamlet, Gertrude, Hamlet 2041  Words | 5  Pages

  • Sight or Blindness?

    10th Grade, English Sight or Blindness? Throughout the play, Oedipus Rex, Sophocles makes several references about sight and blindness. Even though Tiresias is a blind man, he is the one that knows the truth and is insinuating that Oedipus doesn’t want to face it. Oedipus develops into a character blinded by all the greatness that Thebes has given him. The oracle prophesized by the gods is the main reason that led him to become the tragic hero of this play. First and foremost, Sophocles’...

    Blindness, Creon, Oedipus 846  Words | 3  Pages

  • Oedipus Rex chorus

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  • Sight and Blindness in Oedipus the King

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