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Oedipus All of Oedipus’ obstacles were an effect of his own actions. It all began when the Oracle at Delphi announced to Oedipus that he was destined to murder his father and marry his mother. He made the decision to escape the life he knew to stop this event from occuring. He was not aware that by doing so he was allowing the prophecy to happen and that he was entering his destiny of tragedy. When all is said and done, Oedipus was blind and found guilty for the death of the king of Thebes. Although...

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Andy Stoops Honors Language Arts Landow 3/4th hour 27 February, 2012 Discovering and Suffering: Why Oedipus is The Most Tragic Fate is the develpment of events outside a person's control, regarded as determined by a supernatural power. In Oedipus's fight against fate, he expierenced all aspects an Aristostlian Tragic Hero, but above all suffering and discovery. Therefore, Oedipus is far more tragic than Antigone and Creon; for his suffering exceeds greatly beyond theirs, as does his discovery...

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Oedipus Rex follows the clear nature of a tragedy, in that it encompasses the common conventions of a Greek Tragedy, with ones life being controlled by fate and the gods. The gods inflict ate on Oedipus which leads to serious characteristic flaws including hubris, and the tragedy ends with a nemesis worse than death. The tragic nature of the play and the themes are conveyed not only through these features, but also through the role of the chorus and dramatic techniques including irony. Oedipus is...

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Oedipus Tragedy The play “Oedipus the King” can be described as nothing more than a tragedy. From the beginning Oedipus is doomed by his destiny that was foretold by the prophet when he was just an infant. His parents tried to kill him to avoid what would come and he later left his adopted parents to avoid the same outcome. In this play he faces a hard decision; to abandon his quest and fail his people or to pursue his quest and ruin himself. The play begins in tragedy as Oedipus speaks...

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Oedipus was a tragic hero of Greek mythology, a king doomed to a dire fate because he unknowingly killed his father and married his mother. His story is the tale of someone who, because he did not know his true identity, followed the wrong path in life. Oedipus represents two enduring themes of Greek myth and drama: the damaged nature of humanity and an individual's powerlessness against the route of destiny in a harsh universe. Oedipus was the son of the King Laius and the Queen Jocasta of Thebes...

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Oedipus is the tragically cursed main character in the Greek play, Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles. Oedipus is doomed to kill his father and marry his mother. Oedipus has many characteristics that affect the decisions that eventually bring him to his doom. Oedipus’ downfall was caused by his own actions and he is the only one that can be blamed for his own misfortunes. Some of the traits Oedipus possesses that cause his downfall are swift action, truthfulness, and impatience. These qualities destroy Oedipus...

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Connor Meeds 11/2/12 Oedipus Essay In the play Oedipus, written by Sophocles, Laius the ruler of Thebes was terribly murdered. Suddenly, Oedipus decided to take throne and curse the killer of Laius without any consent and realization on who the killer was. Until he realized, that he is the one with the blood on his hands. The irony expressed in Oedipus involves a contradiction between appearance and reality. Sophocles does a great job by using dramatic and cosmic irony to communicate the message-...

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Creon and Oedipus: Creon has come to replace Oedipus at the throne Creon compares himself to Oedipus. They were loyal to him so they should be loyal to Creon “You never hesitated in your duty to our late ruler Oedipus[…] and I as in the next in blood have succeeded to the full power of the throne…until he has been tested in office” (196). No aspects of Creon are admirable in Antigone and the audience is void of sympathy for the character as he continues to indulge in his hamartia. Oedipus on the other...

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Oedipus, The Tragic Hero The story of Oedipus is a prime example of a classic tragedy. A classic tragedy is described as a story that involves a successful being who, because of a flaw, experiences a downfall. Like a classical tragedy, Oedipus is a tragic hero whom fulfills his prophecy and brings disaster and tragedy to his city and family. The story of Oedipus has the elements for a classic tragedy, such as Oedipus’s tragic tale, the developing of the plot, and the downfall at the end. A tragic...

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they thought they were. In the play Oedipus the King written by Sophocles this is exactly what happens. Oedipus is seen as the most tragic character because, in the beginning of the play he sees himself as a great, and intelligent man, although by the end of the play, Oedipus realizes his ignorance. In the beginning of the play, Oedipus solves the riddle and defeats the Sphinx, which causes Oedipus views himself as one of a kind. After the Sphinx defeat, Oedipus is speaking to the Priest and describes...

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