Полнотекстовый поиск:
Где искать:
только в названии
только в тексте
слова в тексте
только заголовок

Рекомендуем ознакомиться

Остальные работы->Реферат
Those who were too weak to keep up were murdered (?The March to the Coast,? p. 1). Once to the coast, the slaves were kept in dungeon-like pits until ...полностью>>
Остальные работы->Реферат
Arthur Miller?s Death of a Salesman is the tragic story of Willy Loman who?s life is a continuous torture. He feels as if he had failed in achieving a...полностью>>
Остальные работы->Реферат
COBOL (Common Business Oriented Language) was the first widely used high-level programming language for business applications. Many payroll, accountin...полностью>>
Остальные работы->Реферат
People’s lives are shaped through their success and failure in their personal relationships with each other. The author Sylvia Plath demonstrates this...полностью>>

Главная > Реферат >Остальные работы

Сохрани ссылку в одной из сетей:

Oedipus Rex Essay, Research Paper

Oedipus Rex

Sophocles’ Oedipus the King perpetuates this ideology that the title character pursues a path which happens to be foretold. Oedipus was determined to save his city and discover his identity, however he ultimately assists in his own downfall. 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 turning downfall, thinking he is “a simple man, who knows nothing”, yet knowing more than he realizes by the end of the story.

Throughout the story, Oedipus’ lack of patience is most evident. Wishing to end this mystery of the death of Laios as quickly as possible, Oedipus passes an edict to kill anyone who withholds information. Teiresias tested Oedipus’ patience in the beginning of the story with information he was withholding, “For you would rouse a very stone to wrath…”. This impatient accusing of Teiresias proved to be bad, especially since Teiresias foretold the ending of the story. If Oedipus had been more patient and waited, he might have not been quite so upset about the future, nor shaken up about what was to happen.

However, that one trait did not alone take away his position of high authority. Oedipus displayed anger throughout the whole story, which did not help him at all. During the story, we learn of Oedipus’ anger as he knocked a passerby at the meeting of the three highways, “ I being enraged, strike him who jostled me…” Later, this passerby whom he angrily and quickly killed, was revealed to be Laios, Oedipus’ father. Oedipus’ anger is also shown as he begins to insult Teiresias by calling him an old man, “Blind as you are in eyes, and ears, and mind!”

The final trait that was Oedipus’ greatest enemy throughout the play was his own truthfulness. Whenever new facts presented themselves, Oedipus gave them an honest look. As soon as it was suspect that Oedipus was involved, he acknowledged it. Oedipus never held back any evidence pointing to his possible future eviction and loss of his kingly status. As the plot grew to the uppermost point, Oedipus proceeds testimony of the Shepherd, as he wanted to hear more. This trait was the binding trait that brought Oedipus’ downfall. If Oedipus hid all the facts concerning himself, he could have easily buried this as nobody would know that he killed his father.

Introduced as a caring and concerned King, he suddenly emerges as a rash and presumptuous character whose decisions are not well founded. His traits of anger, lack of patience, and truthfulness, each helped accelerate his decline of power. Unfortunately, for Oedipus, this decline of power led to the plucking of his own eyes. Oedipus’ damaging behavior eventually leads to the realization of his true identity that also brings this horrifying truth to dishonor his family and destroy his image in the eyes of the people.

Загрузить файл

Похожие страницы:

  1. Oedipus Rex Essay Research Paper Oedipus RexAnd

    Реферат >> Остальные работы
    Oedipus Rex Essay, Research Paper Oedipus Rex And now of all men ... slave?s Ground under bitter fate Oedipus Rex, pg. 64 One of ... we have seen. In, Oedipus Rex and Oedipus at Colonus, he fights against ... with his own truth. When Oedipus Rex begins, we find that a ...
  2. Oedipus Rex Essay Research Paper Oedipus Rex (2)

    Реферат >> Остальные работы
    Oedipus Rex Essay, Research Paper Oedipus Rex a Greek tragedy written by Sophocles ... all of the irony in Oedipus Rex would require the writing of ... I have called it down! -Oedipus from Oedipus Rex When Oedipus pronounces this sentence he ...
  3. Oedipus Rex Essay Research Paper Oedipus Rex (1)

    Реферат >> Остальные работы
    Oedipus Rex Essay, Research Paper Oedipus Rex ? A man who ... Aristotle In Sophocles? Oedipus The King, Oedipus, the main character ... control all reality. Oedipus? knowledge and determination help ... that opens Oedipus the King attests to Oedipus? responsible ...
  4. Oedipus Rex Essay Research Paper Oedipus RexOedipus

    Реферат >> Остальные работы
    Oedipus Rex Essay, Research Paper Oedipus Rex Oedipus was not composed by his ... resolving his question. Unfortunately for Oedipus the monstrosity he most affectionately ... . A herdsman unlocks the leash of Oedipus’s questions. Oedipus was a true victim of ...
  5. Oedipus Rex Essay Research Paper Oedipus the

    Реферат >> Остальные работы
    Oedipus Rex Essay, Research Paper Oedipus the King is widely ... much arguing, finally reveals that Oedipus himself is the murderer. ... and marry his mother; Oedipus fulfilled his prophecy. The ... prevent or alter. Ultimately, Oedipus cannot be held responsible for ...

Хочу больше похожих работ...

Generated in 0.002500057220459