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- Oedipus, the main character, struggled to dominate his own destiny, but ironically fell back into his bizarre misfortune that was in the end, inevitable. Misfortune, false realities, deception: all a result of Oedipus knowing too much and at the same time too little of his true lot in life.
- Many people over the decades have thought that King Oedipus didn’t deserve the troubles and misfortunes he encountered. It was believed that the god’s predetermined people’s lives, and it was unavoidable. Others thought that everyone had their specific place in life.
- Macbeth’s downfall is due to his own personal decisions but in Oedipus’ case his downfall was due to nothing but fate and the will of the gods and so it was unavoidable as such. These downfalls are both different forms of tragic aspects. Macbeth causes his own downfall but Oedipus does not knowingly commit any real sins; the gods controlled him.
- Time and time again, humankind finds itself in a tragic predicament. A tragedy can be represented by the famous Oedipus Rex, who defines the term ?tragic hero,? or humans, no different from you or me. A tragedy evokes two emotions in particular, pity and fear.
- .749-51). Because of this fear, Oedipus leaves home, only to unknowingly kill his father and set the oracle in motion. As a result of the slaughter of King Laius and his men, Oedipus leaves only one man alive; and that man will also contribute to Oedipus destruction.
- What you don’t know won’t hurt you This widely popular piece of advice directly applies to Oedipus Unfortunately for Oedipus, he is incapable of following such advice The story begins with the murder of Laius already in the past As Oedipus learns of Laius’s death, he pursues knowledge of the tragedy and tries to expose the murderer to no end It is inevitable that Oedipus finds out that it was he who has killed Laius, his father
- In Sophocles Antigone, the struggles the main character, Antigone, faces concerning the burial of her brother, Polyneices, evoke a wide array of emotions towards Creon. Antigone is portrayed as a woman acting out of obligation and duty, to the gods, her family, and her conscience.
- Oedipus and his fatal flaw, ignorance together develops a dangerous and tragic end. The hero, noble and strong, who is supposed to be the stability of his people ends up crumbling himself bewildered as a blown bird his soul hovers and cannot find foothold.
- Aristotle’s definition of tragedy entails the protagonist, usually of high ranking in society, losing his power and happiness. Tragedy in this play occurs when the protagonist, Oedipus, falls from his pedestal into murder and incest, because of the inevitable fate the gods have cursed upon him from birth.
- Aristotle (199 ) laid the first tie on the track to the modern understanding of tragedy when he wrote the following: Tragedy, therefore, is an imitation of a worthy or illustrious and perfect action, possessing magnitude, in pleasing language, using separately the several species of imitation in its parts, by men acting, and not through narration, through pity and fear effecting a purification from such like passions.
- Throughout history, the absence of truth has caused turmoil between various groups. However, when a false sense of reality is established, the revelation of the truth brings further turmoil to the involved parties. In King Lear, William Shakespeare conveys the concept that the absence of truth causes a state of disorder.
- In Oedipus the King, sight and blindness were used as a metaphor for humanity’s place in the universe. The gods and unchangeable fate remained hidden from humans; therefore, they were blind to the truth of existence. It is ironic that the only insight Oedipus had into the gods’ will was through a blind man.
- Although the title of the play Julius Caesar focuses on Caesar, the play itself is really based on Brutus. “Brutus had rather be a villager than to repute himself a son of Rome.”(Act I, scene II, line 17 ). This was said by Brutus after Cassius told him how Caesar had become a towering figure over Rome and how Caesar controls Rome.