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  • Oedipus

    Oedipus

    Teriesias. He is reaccuring figure in greek mythology. He has been a woman and a man, and zeus struck him blind. Zeus gave him the gift of prophercy. He is known to posses god-given insight. He is the only one in the play who is not afraid of Oedipis. Tereisas finds the gift of prophecy more of a burden then a benefit. Teriesias accuasations (in the scence between king and prophet) lead him on the

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    Submitted: November 13, 2009 By: Jessica
  • Oedipus

    Oedipus

    Oedipus When Oedipus is first shown, his appearance is quite elegant. He walks out from his castle and is dressed in a white suit that shines brighter than the sun itself. Toward the end right after he takes his own sight, he is dressed in nothing more than rags. In the beginning of the story Oedipus' words are that of encouragement when he is talking to his people. As the story goes on and he

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    Submitted: November 14, 2009 By: Edward
  • Oedipus

    Oedipus

    In Sophocles’ “Oedipus the King”, the central thematic intent is of divine prophesy and human will. In the introduction it states that Laius and Jocasta, “the childless King and Queen of Thebes”, had been told by the god Apollo that their son would kill Laius and marries his mother Jocasta. To make sure the prophesy would not come true, they gave their son to a shepherd so that he would leave it to die on

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    Submitted: November 26, 2009 By: Tommy
  • Oedipus

    Oedipus

    ~Oedipus~ Many times humans do things that contradict another thing they do. An example of this is one thing may be good but also bad at the same time. A person who has done this more then once is Oedipus in the writer Sophocles plays. Sophocles uses imagery like light verses darkness, knowledge verses ignorance and sight verses blindness. Oedipus is very knowledgeable during the play and at some times still extremely ignorant. He doesn’t

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    Submitted: December 4, 2009 By: Mike
  • Oedipus

    Oedipus

    Oedipus Even though "fate" seems to determine Oedipus' life, he does, in fact, 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 prophesy that his going to kill his father and sleep with his mother he ran away, even when he new there were suspicions of

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    Submitted: February 15, 2010 By: Max
  • Oedipus

    Oedipus

    You pray to the gods? Let me grant your prayers.? This quote helps to describe the overall description of Oedipus? character in Oedipus the King written by Sophocles. Throughout Oedipus the King the ideas and themes of fate, irony, and reason reoccur numerous times. Oedipus believes in fate but he believes more in his own abilities and actions to determine his future. Irony is evident in many forms such as verbal, dramatic, and situational.

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    Submitted: March 5, 2010 By: regina
  • Oedipus

    Oedipus

    Plato says knowledge of truth is dependent on the perception of reality; Sophocles shows this through a king’s discovery of his painful reality. Through Oedipus the King, Sophocles shows Plato’s theme of discovery by Oedipus’ realization of the truth. When the truth is discovered one still views the illusions best, and then the truth begins to become clear, thirdly the truth is seen as it is, and finally it is seen and understood. When one

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    Submitted: April 7, 2010 By: Wendy
  • Oedipus

    Oedipus

    Ryan Schurdell English 1302 Mrs. Barker 11 March 2005 Title In the play, Oedipus the King, blindness is used metaphorically and physically to characterize several personas , and the images of clarity and vision are used as symbols for knowledge and insight. Enlightenment and darkness are used in much the same manner, to demonstrate the darkness of ignorance, and the irony of vision without sight. “…they will never see the crime I have committed or

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    Submitted: April 23, 2010 By: Mike
  • Oedipus

    Oedipus

    Sophocles was a Greek playwright who lived during the 5th century b.c. The Oedipus Cycle is one of his most famous works; the trilogy of plays traces the ill-fated life of a noble blooded man and his descendants. Oedipus at Colonus is the second play of the set. Oedipus at Colonus is set many years after Oedipus the Rex, and Oedipus has changed his perspective on his exile from Thebes. He has decided that he

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    Submitted: May 20, 2010 By: Janna
  • Oedipus

    Oedipus

    King Lear & Oedipus! King Lear and Oedipus are two different characters, in two different literatures but when comparing them, they have many similarities with their differences. King Lear and Oedipus Rex were written at different times and are both well-known literatures. They are both tragic heroes and had suffered tremendously because of their actions. Being tragic heroes, they’re both well known as a king. They’re both liked by people but even with everyone around

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    Submitted: June 5, 2010 By: Wendy
  • Oedipus and Blindness Imagery

    Oedipus and Blindness Imagery

    Jack Beasley AP English Essay A January 30, 2001 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 parent’s identity. The third instance of Oedipus’ blindness is a literal one, in which he physically

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    Submitted: December 5, 2009 By: Max
  • Oedipus and Odysseus

    Oedipus and Odysseus

    Oedipus the King and The Odyssey share many similarities. The most important and significant similarity is that both epic poems are involved in a conflict when we first encounter the poems. In The Odyssey, we learn that the main character, Odysseus, has been held captive by the nymph Calypso for twenty years. We also learn that Odysseus had finished (and won) fighting a war against the city of Troy and has been held captive by

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    Submitted: May 1, 2010 By: Tommy
  • Oedipus as a Plot Driven Tragedy

    Oedipus as a Plot Driven Tragedy

    According to Aristotle, the driving force behind tragic works lies not in the development of characters but in the formulation of a specific plot structure. Aristotle believed that the purpose of all art is to imitate life and that human beings live their lives through events and actions. He argues that characters serve to advance the events of the plotline and that the characters themselves are not central. Aristotle's opinions on tragedy were largely constructed

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    Submitted: November 28, 2009 By: Top
  • Oedipus as a Tragic Hero

    Oedipus as a Tragic Hero

    The foundations of Greek tragedy were laid down by the philosopher Aristotle in his famous “Poetics” which discussed the characteristics of a tragic hero. In this composition of philosophy and literary theories, Aristotle’s ideas revolve around three crucial effects to audience members. First, the audience must develop an emotional attachment to the tragic hero. Next, the audience must fear what may befall the hero. Finally, once misfortune strikes, the audience pities the suffering hero. Clearly,

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    Submitted: March 1, 2010 By: Fatih
  • Oedipus at Colonus

    Oedipus at Colonus

    Sophocles was a Greek playwright who lived during the 5th century b.c. The Oedipus Cycle is one of his most famous works; the trilogy of plays traces the ill-fated life of a noble blooded man and his descendants. Oedipus at Colonus is the second play of the set. Oedipus at Colonus is set many years after Oedipus the Rex, and Oedipus has changed his perspective on his exile from Thebes. He has decided that he

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    Submitted: April 8, 2010 By: Edward
  • Oedipus Failure to Avoid Destiny

    Oedipus Failure to Avoid Destiny

    The Failure of Destiny Avoidance (plan) The characters in Oedipus Rex try very hard to avoid their destiny but ultimately fail. Discuss King Oedipus is a dramatic play about how the characters Oedipus, Jocasta, and Laius live to put all their efforts in avoidance of their destiny but ultimately fail.  Destiny: Oedipus murder Laius (father) and incest to Jocasta.  Murder and incest considered extremely bad in Greek society  punished by Gods 

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    Submitted: December 29, 2009 By: Mike
  • Oedipus Report

    Oedipus Report

    In Oedipus rex there were a lot of people to blame that contributed to the fate of Oedipus.Not only were there a lot of people to blame, but there were factors and events that probably couldn’t be avoided. The tragedy also could’ve been prevented if Oedipus would’ve chosen different actions. Oedipus was ignorant in many ways to see the truth from the start of his legacy that had overcome thebes. King Lauis and Jocosta could

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    Submitted: December 22, 2009 By: Fonta
  • Oedipus Rex

    Oedipus Rex

    “Oedipus Rex Essay” In this essay of Oedipus Rex there are four characteristics I will discuss. The first characteristic I will discuss is if the story of Oedipus Rex is an example of a Greek tragedy and if so what is the fundamental tragedy. Next I will describe the basic tension in this play. The third characteristic I will explain is what motivation I find in the character Oedipus and last but not least I

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    Submitted: November 12, 2009 By: Venidikt
  • Oedipus Rex

    Oedipus Rex

    Oedipus Rex Oedipus runs away from the land of Corinth to the land of Thebes because of a godly prediction that one day he shall murder his father and marry his own mother. Oedipus did not know that he was the son of King Laius and Queen Jocasta. As a baby, King Laius and Queen Jocasta commanded a shepherd to pin Little Oedipus’ ankles and place him at the top of a mountain to die.

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    Submitted: November 20, 2009 By: Kevin
  • Oedipus Rex

    Oedipus Rex

    You Are Not The Boss Of Me!!! Oedipus is a very complex character. He can be viewed as either caring and sympathetic to his subjects or he can be viewed as a self-centered ruler who only puts on an act in hopes of gaining the adoration of his subjects. Oedipus Rex in fact was a very prideful king. This was proven in many of his speeches. For instances in scene one, line 180, in scene

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    Submitted: November 20, 2009 By: Jon
  • Oedipus Rex

    Oedipus Rex

    SOME twelve years before the action of the play begins, Oedipus has been made King of Thebes in gratitude for his freeing the people from the pestilence brought on them by the presence of the riddling Sphinx. Since Laius, the former king, had shortly before been killed, Oedipus has been further honored by the hand of Queen Jocasta. Now another deadly pestilence is raging and the people have come to ask Oedipus to rescue them

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    Submitted: January 4, 2010 By: July
  • Oedipus Rex

    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, life, happiness, and

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    Submitted: January 7, 2010 By: Jessica
  • Oedipus Rex

    Oedipus Rex

    Oedipus Rex was a story of destruction through knowledge of his own fate. In this story Oedipus came into a new city and saved the people th rough knowing an answer to an riddle to get rid of the Sphinx. When a plague came over these same people they turned to Oedipus to help them get rid of it. Oedipus is not sure of what to do so he sent a messenger to Apollo,

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    Submitted: January 23, 2010 By: Jack
  • Oedipus Rex

    Oedipus Rex

    Oedipus, since the day he was born, always had control over his fate. The gods had never intervened in Oedipus’ life, but rather or simply gave a ‘hint’ as to what Oedipus is to face in the future. This ‘hint’ could supposedly be to try and help Oedipus avoid his downfall. And so, decisions as to which paths to take were not up to the gods, but to the individual, Oedipus. Logically speaking, the gods

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    Submitted: March 4, 2010 By: Max
  • Oedipus Rex

    Oedipus Rex

    Oedipus Rex a Greek tragedy written by Sophocles is considered by Aristotle, one of the most important and influential philosophers of all time, the model of Greek tragedy and Oedipus as the model of a tragic hero. Oedipus character in this Greek tragedy perfectly fits Aristotle’s description of real tragic hero. Oedipus was not entirely a flawed or evil person, but he is a person who also has good character. Oedipus good characteristics were most

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    Submitted: March 24, 2010 By: Fatih
  • Oedipus Rex

    Oedipus Rex

    Irony is an element of literature very well known in Greek epics. In Oedipus the King irony is well demonstrated in a series of events. Verbal, situational and dramatic irony are used in this play. The play itself is a classic dramatic irony at its finest and fullest, and inside it the different parts are full of irony, too. The play is about a prophecy in which Oedipus’ fate is to kill his father

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    Submitted: April 1, 2010 By: Artur
  • Oedipus Rex

    Oedipus Rex

    Just as in real life, you get to know the characters in a piece of literature by their words, their actions, and of course, by the words of others. This method of acquainting the reader with a character is called characterization. Direct characterization portrays a character through his or her own words, whereas indirect characterization illustrates a character through the author's or other characters' words. Direct and indirect characterization allow us to see not

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    Submitted: April 15, 2010 By: Artur
  • Oedipus Rex - a Tragic Figure

    Oedipus Rex - a Tragic Figure

    Oedipus Rex: A tragic figure The events in Oedipus the King, written by Sophocles, show a relationship of man's free will existing within the fate, which the Greeks believed, guided the universe. Man was free to choose and was ultimately held responsible for his own actions. Both the concepts of fate and free will played a major part in Oedipus' destruction. Although he was a victim of fate, he was not controlled by it. Oedipus

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    Submitted: March 27, 2010 By: Bred
  • Oedipus Rex - Dripping with Irony

    Oedipus Rex - Dripping with Irony

    Oedipus Rex- Dripping with Irony Sophocles’ masterpiece Oedipus has both fascinated and terrified audiences for centuries. The story offers unique insight into the complexities of human nature, of pain and suffering. King Oedipus is fortune’s fool, and at the mercy of fate throughout the entire play. It is, however, his own decisions and actions which ultimately cause his demise. With creative use of irony, Sophocles makes apparent how tragic both fate and even free will

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    Submitted: February 5, 2010 By: Jon
  • Oedipus Rex - Who Determines Our Fate?

    Oedipus Rex - Who Determines Our Fate?

    Who Determines Our Fate? In the play Oedipus Rex it was thought that what the Gods had in store for you was your fate. The gods had put a curse on King Lauis saying that his first born son was going to kill him and marry his mother. Knowing that the Gods minds couldn’t be changed when Oedipus was born the king had one of his men take him out and leave him on the

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    Submitted: November 11, 2009 By: Mike
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