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  • Oedipus Rex
    The play Oedipus Rex was written by the Greek playwright Sophocles, who appears, from the limited available biographical evidence, to have been a conventionally pious man of his period. Both...

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    First, there is an issue here with the passive voice. While you might claim that certain people have considered Oedipus Rex the most perfect of Greek tragedies and Sophocles the definitive Greek...

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  • Literature
    In Oedipus the King (also known as Oedipus Rex), the male characters dominate the play in terms of numbers. The men are the heroes and the villains in the sense that the conflict on stage and in...

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  • Oedipus Rex
    It's tough to characterize a prophecy which states that one will kill one's father and marry one's mother as "fair," but Oedipus's incredible pride in thinking that he could outwit the prophecy...

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    The question of divine justice is important in reading Oedipus Rex. One problem with thinking about this question, though, is that we must not impose modern religious ideas upon the Greek text, and...

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  • Oedipus Rex
    The answer already given is excellent, but I will take this in another direction: Oedipus Rex has a special place in our society particularly because it has given us, via Sigmund Freud, the term...

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  • Oedipus Rex
    In Greek, the word "pathos" means suffering or emotion. Usually when we use the term pathos to describe a technique used by writers of literary works, we mean that something in the work evokes the...

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  • Oedipus Rex
    Oedipus decides to search for the killer of Laius, both because the oracle has stated that it is the only way to rid Thebes of all its problems as well as because "in righting [Laius] [Oedipus]...

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  • Oedipus Rex
    The play begins with a bit of exposition and the incentive moment: Thebes is beset by plagues, and Oedipus vows to find out the cause and to do something about it. Almost everything that follows...

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    The most obvious irony in Oedipus Rex is that Oedipus's attempt to avoid fulfilling his terrible prophecy is actually what enables it to come true. Oedipus was raised by his adoptive parents,...

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  • Oedipus Rex
    The most obvious irony in Oedipus Rex is that Oedipus, the king of Thebes, spends basically the entire play looking for himself. The countryside and citizens suffer from several plagues: there is...

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    Claude Calame’s essay is excellent: Calame, Claude (1996). “Vision, Blindness, and Mask: The Radicalization of the Emotions in Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex” in M. S. Silk, Tragedy and the Tragic:...

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  • Oedipus Rex
    Let's first consider the primary characteristics of a 'tragic hero,' as defined by Aristotle in his Poetics. The hero usually possesses excessive pride (hubris); he undergoes a reversal of fortune...

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    Oedipus's prophecy -- a prophecy which stated that he was destined to kill his father and marry his mother -- came directly from the Oracle of Delphi. The Oracle was situated in a shrine by a...

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  • Oedipus Rex
    At the beginning of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex, there is sterility and a plague at Thebes. This is presented to the audience through the dialogue between Oedipus, the king, and the Priest (1–67)....

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  • Oedipus Rex
    Pathos: This is defined in Aristotle's Rhetoric as a speaker appealing to the emotions of the audience. In other words, an example of pathos in Oedipus Rex would be an instance when one character...

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    By definition, a tragedy is a play in which a hero experiences a tragic fall from a high position, typically as the result of a flaw within himself. The hero starts out as basically a good...

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  • Oedipus Rex
    The background of Oedipus is important in understanding the play. The key figure is Oedipus' father, King Laius. When Laius was a child, Amphion and Zethus usurped the Theban throne. Loyal citizens...

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  • Oedipus Rex
    Oedipus, the king of Thebes at the beginning of the play, believes that he hails from Corinth and is the son of King Polybus and Queen Merope. However, he is really the son of King Laius and Queen...

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  • Oedipus Rex
    One thing that this play makes quite clear is that one cannot presume to oppose the gods or go against their will. The pride that prompts Oedipus to think that he can outwit the gods is ultimately...

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  • Oedipus Rex
    Oedipus Rex by Sophocles has often been held up as the paradigmatic example of the Greek tragedy, possessing many of the literary elements that ancient critics considered essential to the genre....

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  • Oedipus at Colonus
    The most unusual part of this essay project is that you are asked to deal with both plays, so your thesis should be on the character who appears in both plays. When dealing with this kind of...

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    At the beginning of the play, Oedipus believes that his parents are the king and queen of Corinth, Polybus and Merope. In truth, they are not his natural parents (his natural parents are Laius and...

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    There are generally five basic parts to a story: the exposition, the rising action, the climax, the falling action, and the resolution (sometimes called the 'denouement'). The exposition introduces...

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  • Oedipus Rex
    Oedipus himself is a part of the Theban dynasty, a family that was part of the mythical foundation story of the Greek city of Thebes. Many plays about this family exist in classical Greek. Cultures...

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  • Oedipus Rex
    Aristotle's three unities are unity of place, unity of time, and unity of subject. Oedipus Rex, Sophocles's tragedy, achieves all three of the Aristotelian unities. First, it achieves unity of...

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  • Oedipus Rex
    Blindness is important in Oedipus Rex in both literal and symbolic ways. Perhaps the most horrifying literal portrayal of blindness in the play occurs in its ending, where Oedipus stumbles out from...

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  • Oedipus Rex
    First, Oedipus received a prophecy from the oracle at Delphi, indicating that he would kill his father and marry his mother. The ancient Greeks believed that the oracle was the servant of Apollo,...

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  • Oedipus Rex
    The best-known telling of the legend of Oedipus is that of Sophocles. It is told in a set of three plays: Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone. It is from this trilogy that we learn...

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  • Oedipus Rex
    The nature of the tragic hero is that he is a person greater than average in terms of power, intellect, and strength, who ends up enduring suffering, partially due to fate and partially due to the...

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  • Oedipus Rex
    As the play Oedipus Rex opens, the people face yet another plague that has descended upon Thebes. "Black Death" is troubling the city: crops are failing, livestock is dying, and women are not...

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  • Oedipus Rex
    Arrogance is Oedipus's fatal flaw. Arrogance can be defined as thinking you are better than others and incapable of sharing their weaknesses. Before he literally blinds himself, Oedipus is...

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  • Oedipus Rex
    At the opening of the play Oedipus Rex, we discover the Oedipus is the ruler of Thebes, married to Jocasta, and advised by Creon. We know that Oedipus has attained this position by solving the...

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  • Oedipus Rex
    In Oedipus Rex, the oracle at Delphi does not tell Oedipus to leave Corinth. Oedipus hears a rumor that his parents are not his true parents, so he goes to consult the oracle to find out if the...

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  • Oedipus Rex
    Every tragic hero has a tragic flaw, a hamartia, and Oedipus is no exception to the rule. Usually this hamartia is hubris: excessive pride or self-confidence. Every mortal needs pride to some...

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  • Oedipus Rex
    Irony is, in fact, a literary technique which originated in Greek tragedy. Most common is dramatic irony in which a character's actions or words are understood by the audience, but unknown to the...

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    The ancient Greeks believed that destiny was determined at birth by the Fates--three sister gods who controlled each person's life and death. Gods ruled over the fate of each Greek, and there was...

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  • Oedipus Rex
    Sophocles' Oedipus Rex (Greek: Oedipus Tyrannos) first appeared on the stage in Athens during the early years of the Peloponnesian War between Athens and its allies and Sparta and its allies. Like...

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  • Antigone
    Yes, the tragedy in Oedipus Rex is similar to that in Antigone if we consider the definition of tragedy as posited by Aristotle. In both plays, there is a tragic hero--Oedipus and Creon...

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  • Oedipus Rex
    Thesis: Oedipus and his birth parents exercise free will in trying to avoid fate, which ultimately leads to their downfall. The Greeks believed that people could not escape fate. However, they also...

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  • Oedipus Rex
    In Shakespeare's Hamlet and Oedipus Rex, the action and/or inaction of the characters is not based upon their knowledge as much as the circumstances surrounding the death of each man's father....

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    To a certain degree, this depends on at what point in the play they are writing the letter. If you assume that they are writing at the beginning of the play, they might want to cover the following...

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  • Oedipus Rex
    At the beginning of Oedipus Rex, the Priest makes a reference to the people being from the house of Cadmus. In Greek history, Cadmus is the first hero of Greece and the founder and first ruler of...

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  • Oedipus Rex
    In Aristotle's definition of tragedy, he defines six characteristics that all tragedies must have: plot, characters, diction, thought, spectacle, and melody. For each characteristic, Aristotle...

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  • Oedipus Rex
    The answer that Oedipus gives to the Sphinx is indeed a universal one. All humans start out as babies completely dependent upon their elders for their very survival, mature and develop strength and...

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    In Oedipus Rex, the role of society (at least in the context of the play) is to serve as a barometer for social and ethical norms. The chorus represents the voice of the Theban people, and thus...

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  • Oedipus Rex
    Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannos (or Oedipus Rex) first came to the stage in Athens around 429-425 BCE. Although the play takes Thebes as its setting, the play has several references to the town of...

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  • Oedipus Rex
    Sophocles utilizes foreshadowing and irony through references to blindness and Oedipus' condemnation of the killer throughout the play. Early in the play Oedipus declares that he will seek out...

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  • Oedipus Rex
    The theme of fate vs. free will in Oedipus Rex is a tricky one. On one hand, the gods determined a person's destiny. On the other, a person's free will is what often led to his fate. This is...

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  • Oedipus Rex
    In Oedipus Rex, Tiresias is a blind seer and prophet of Apollo. He is ordered by Creon to come to Oedipus's kingdom to shed some light on who murdered Laius, the previous king of Thebes. At first,...

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