What was Oedipuss crime

Oedipus, ruler of Thebes, murdered his father and married his mother. Such acts are almost always deemed unnatural and criminal; they are not tolerated within traditional society. A person who has committed these illegal acts of murder and incest would be considered a criminal, yet Sophocless character, Oedipus, is not guilty of either crime. Prior … Read more

Oedipus and Tiresias

Oedipus and Tiresias, characters of Sophocles’ play “Oedipus Tyrannus,” are propelled to their individual destinies by their peculiar relationships with truth. Paranoid and quick to anger Oedipus, is markedly different from the confident and self-assured Tiresias. In the dialogue between the two men, Oedipus rapidly progresses from praise of Tiresias as a champion and protector … Read more

Strength Equals Downfall

Aristotle defined a tragic story as the adventure of a good man who reaches his ultimate downfall because he pushed his greatest quality too far. Sophocles advocates the definition in the tragic play Oedipus Rex. He develops the play with the great polarities of fame and shame, sight and blindness, and ignorance and insight to … Read more

The Greek tragedy Oedipus Rex

Knowledge is a great weapon used by society for help, comfort, and most importantly advancement of the human race. Unfortunately, knowledge is often accompanied by sorrow and grief. In the Greek tragedy Oedipus Rex Sophocles shows how Oedipuss thirst for the knowledge of his past leads to his own demise. Knowledge is not just given … Read more

Sophocles play “Oedipus Rex”

In Sophocless play “Oedipus Rex” Oedipus Even though “fate” seems to determine Oedipus’ life, . he does infact have a free will. His choices brought the prophecy to life. Only his decisions (not influenced by anybody) he made. Of course those decisions were in side of the limits set by fate. When Oedipus heard a … Read more

Oedipus and Blindness Imagery

In the story of Oedipus the king, Sophocles beautifully demonstrates the imagery of sight versus blindness through the use of tragedy and ignorance. Oedipus is ignorant to his own incest, therefore causing the first instance of his blindness. The second instance of Oedipus blindness is the ignorance of his true parents identity. The third instance … Read more

A Comparison of Tragedy in English Works

For a story to be a tragedy it has to follow the principles set by Aristotle, a Greek philosopher, or those of Arthur Miller who is a twentieth century playwright. A tragedy, in Aristotle’s view, usually concerns the fall of an individual whose character is good but not perfect and his misfortunes are brought about … Read more

Oedipus-Concepts of Sight

The concept of sight is one of the major motifs throughout Sophocles play Oedipus the King. The play revolves primarily around series of events caused by many peoples insight or lack there of. Oedipus does not see that he is caught up in a web of cruel destiny that he can not escape. The gods … Read more

Oedipus Rex And Bliss Is Ignorance

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. Indeed, the situation of … Read more

Oedipus the King

Oedipus the King: A tragedy of fate By definition a tragedy satisfies the moral sense, it brings forth pity or fear and it tells a story of misfortune by reversal of situation, all of which are fulfilled by Sophocles’ Oedipus the King. This being said, I will argue that this play is actually a tragedy … Read more

Oedipus Essay Examples

Oedipus: flawed by his own devices The best way to teach anyone a moral is to tell him or her a story about it.  It leaves the reader or listener with a better feel for the issue portrayed in the story.  Perhaps the first use of this in writing is Sophocles’s classical drama Oedipus Rex. … Read more

Oedipus, Antogone, and Media

Oedipus, Antogone, and Media ANALYTICAL ACCOUNT OF A RUNNING THEME All those who were meant to die have died: those who believed one thing, those who believed the contrary thing, and even those who believed nothing at all, yet were caught up in the web without knowing why.  This particular quote by Jean Anouilh, author … Read more