In the play Oedipus Rex, the main character, Oedipus, gouges his eyes out after finding out a horrendous thing he had done. He was not interested in eliminating his pain, but rather his intentions were in never seeing, and therefore regretting, his transgressions. Oedipus had made some disastrous choices, and wanted to forget them. In the beginning of the play, Oedipus is talking to Teiresias. During their conversation, Teiresias says, “To the children with whom he will be brother and father – the very same; to her who bore him, son and husband – the very same who came to his fathers bed, wet with his father’s blood.” (p. 219, 440) Teiresias is telling Oedipus that he is brother and father to his children. This means that Oedipus married his mother. When Teiresias says, “to her who bore him, son and husband,” he is saying that Oedipus is the son and husband to his mother. Finally, when he says, “came to his father’s bed, wet with his father’s blood,” he is telling Oedipus that he commit parricide on his father. After Teiresias told him about what he had done, the first thing he wanted to do was forget it. Oedipus told Teiresias that he was lying, and that he was in league with Creon. He is rejecting Teiresias and is in denial. After more and more people tell Oedipus this same, disgusting story, he is convinced. When he finally believes these honest people, he is in a copious amount of pain. Knowing that he killed his own father, married his own mother, and had children with her; he just wanted to get rid of this pain. Committing suicide is the obvious response, however, Oedipus says, “I do not know how I could bear the sight of my father, when I came to the house of death, or my mother: for I have sinned against them both so vilely that I could not make my peace by strangling my own life.” (p. 257, 1318) This explains why he did not want to commit suicide. He is saying that if he killed himself, once he was dead he would go to Hades. Both of his parents are
Oedipus Rex Essay
In the play Oedipus Rex, there many things that the author, Sophocles, used to make it such an interesting and great play. Three of the things I am going to discuss about the play are what made Oedipus a tragic hero, how it is paradoxical that Tiresias is a blind seer, and two incidences of dramatic irony.
The first thing that is going to be covered is how Oedipus Rex was a tragic hero. We can conclude this because on multiple occasions he made the audience feel pity and….
In the Greek tragedy Oedipus Rex, blindness is a reoccurring theme which is used in many different ways in the play. Blindness is used quite often and is emphasized with the prophet Tiresias who is literally blind can see the truth unlike Oedipus who is blind to see the truth about his past and the crimes he has committed. It is ironic that the prophets Tiresias who is blind can see better then Oedipus in a metaphorical sense.
The prophet Tiresias is physically blind but is able to see much more….
INNOCENCE vs GUILT
Innocence n. ( n -s ns) –The state, quality or virtue of being innocent, as:
a.Freedom from sin, moral wrong, or guilt through lack of knowledge of evil.
b. Guiltlessness of a specific legal crime or offense.
c. Freedom from guile, cunning, or deceit; simplicity or artlessness.
d. Lack of worldliness or sophistication; naiveté.
e. Lack of knowledge or understanding; ignorance.
f. Freedom from harmfulness; inoffensiveness.
Guilt n. (g lt) – 1. The fact or condition….
Oedipus, in Sophocles’ play Oedipus Rex, is by definition, a tragic hero.
King Laios of Thebes was given a prophecy from the oracle that he would be murdered by his son’s hand, and that his son would marry his wife, Queen Iocaste. When Oedipus was born, King Laios had him taken to Mt. Cithaeron to die, however, the servant who was instructed to take him to the mountain felt pity for the baby and turned him over to a shepherd from Corinth. Once in Corinth, he was raised by King Polybus and Queen….
unalterable. While most believe otherwise, this theory serves as the foundation for Sophocles’ famous tragedy, Oedipus Rex. Through Oedipus, Sophocles creates the perfect example of a Greek tragic hero, as fate becomes his fatal flaw and leaves him with limited free will. Oedipus’ fate, decided for him by the gods, leads him to murder his father and marry his mother.
Before he was born, Oedipus’ fate was decided for him by the gods through the oracles and could not be changed. In this time, an oracle….
Essay on Oedipus Rex
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 be….
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
, 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….
characters or to the audience. The tragedy 'Oedipus Rex' is filled with dramatic suspense which is largely due to the effective use of dramatic irony by Sophocles.
Except for Teiresias, all the characters in the play such as Oedipus, Iokastȇ, Creon, the messenger and the chorus know nothing about the proceedings of the story, so their speeches contain dramatic irony. Most dramatic ironies are found in the speeches of Oedipus. Almost every word uttered by Oedipus from the exposition of the play to the….
situations; therefore, all people have influence over their destiny. In Sophocles’ tragic Theban play, Oedipus Rex, King Oedipus, or the King of Thebes, answers his citizens’ pleas to end the dreadful plague that has fallen upon their city. In order to heal Thebes from its illness, Oedipus must discover the killer of the previous King of Thebes, King Laius. Once the prophecy uncovers itself, “[Oedipus] realizes the ambiguity of words, of values, and of the human condition,” conveying that the King becomes….
Ap Lit and Composition
Death and heartbreak, both two very tragic things that could happen in your life, but what makes these things tragic? According to Aristotle there are many elements to a tragic tale. Oedipus Rex lives up to all of them. The reader knows how serious Oedipus’s actions are, how complete they are, and how high his fall is.
A tragedy by definition is a drama which imitates an important and casually related series of events in the life….