Oedipus and Socrates

In Platos Five Dialogues and Sophocles Oedipus Rex, mans actions for the greater good of the city-state can lead to horrible consequences for the individual. Both Socrates and Oedipus carry out what they believe to be their duty for their city. Socrates believes that his actions are just and proper, but when viewed by the … Read more

The life of Oedipus Rex

Was it that the gods were poking at him like a goldfish in a small glass jar? Was Oedipus’s life actually foretold by a prophet before he was ever conceived? Or was it mere happenstance that Oedipus’s life had fallen perfectly in place with the words of that prophet? Did fate play a major role … Read more

Conflicts and relationships

Conflicts in Relationships by James Carvill In Othello, the Moor of Venice by Shakespeare, A Doll House by Henrik Ibsen, Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, and The Glass Managerie by Tennessee Williams involve relationships and the development of the characters through conflicts in their relationships. For Othello it was Iagos deception and Othellos jealousy, and for … Read more

Fate in Oedipus Rex

Through Sophocles use of foreshadowing in the play Oedipus Rex, certain truths are revealed to the reader, such as the fact that a lack of respect for fate can eventually bring on a persons downfall, by driving them to delusion. Oedipus is looked up to by all his kingdom at the opening of the play, … Read more

Oedipus Rex is a Tragedy

Many things can describe a tragedy. However, according to definition of a tragedy by Aristotle, there are only five. The play has to have a tragic hero, preferably of noble stature. Second, the tragic hero must have a tragic flaw. Because of that flaw, the hero falls from either power or death. Due to the … Read more

Oedipus Rex Essay Examples

At the start of the play, the city of Thebes is wasting away under a plague that leaves its fields and women barren. Oedipus, king of Thebes, has sent his brother-in-law, Creon, to ask the house of Apollo to ask the oracle how to put an end to the plague. Creon returns, bearing good news: … Read more

Oedipus Rex Essay Examples

Oedipus began Oedipus Rex as a king, only to end the tale as a blinded beggar.  Oedipus’ fall from his kingly status was not by accident or because of some other person.  Oedipus is the only one that can be blamed for his misfortune.  Oedipus’ character traits are shown most clearly during his spiralling downfall, … Read more

Oedipus Rex – Ignorence

Oedipus Rex – Ignorence One of the most memorable and meaningful Socratic quotes applies well when in context of Sophocles’ Theban Trilogy. “The unexamined life is not worth living,” proclaims Socrates. He could have meant many things by this statement, and in relation to the play, the meaning is found to be even more complex. … Read more

Oedipus Rex Essay Examples

In Sophocles’ “Oedipus the King” which is a tragic play, which discusses the tragic discovery that Oedipus has killed his father and married his mother.  Oedipus is the embodiment 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 … Read more

Oedipus Rex Essay Examples

Oedipus Rex a Greek tragedy written by Sophocles in the early days of antiquity is based upon an even more ancient story in Greek mythology. Sophocles, however, knowing that his audience is aware of the outcome of the play utilizes that foreknowledge to create various situations in which dramatic and verbal irony play key roles. … Read more