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I would agree that hubris or pride is Oedipus's one tragic flaw. The key to Oedipus's tragic downfall is not simply that he is proud and believes he is an exceptional person, although that is an...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2019 3:33 pm UTC

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Oedipus is a man of high social standing and is a "hero" since he embodies the qualities of the people of his land (though his true royal identity is hidden from him since he was...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2008 1:43 pm UTC

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OEDIPUS. Children, it were not meet that I should learnFrom others, and am hither come, myself,I Oedipus, your world-renowned king. It's clear from early in the Oedipus trilogy of plays—Oedipus...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2020 8:43 pm UTC

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Certainly, we see the ancient Greeks's belief in the existence of mythical monsters with the treatment of the sphinx, whose riddle Oedipus solved prior to the beginning of Oedipus Rex. When he...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2018 6:41 pm UTC

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In short, the people of Thebes are in a pretty bad way at the beginning of the trilogy. The Priest of Zeus tells Oedipus, their king, For, as thou seest thyself, our ship of State, Sore buffeted,...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2018 7:18 pm UTC

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Oedipus demonstrates that he accepts responsibility for murdering Laius, his father, and marrying Jocasta, his mother, by blinding himself with pins that he sticks into eyes. Before the truth was...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2019 3:39 am UTC

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At the beginning of Oedipus Rex, Oedipus demonstrates many qualities of a leader and describes himself as such. Throughout the Prologue and act I, the people of Thebes are suffering under disease...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2018 5:23 pm UTC

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The shepherd does not say much in the play, but he is a pivotal figure. The reason for this is that King Laius, after hearing the prophecy of what Oedipus would do, commanded him to expose the...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2015 3:05 pm UTC

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Storylines may be the same, but the translation and presentation of the storyline can create totally different interpretations...and therefore suspense. The Oedipus Trilogy (especially Oedipus Rex...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2010 1:44 pm UTC

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There are two plays by Sophocles in which Oedipus appears as a main character, namely Oedipus Rex and Oedipus at Colonus. A third play by Sophocles, Antigone, deals with Oedipus's daughters and the...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2019 1:01 pm UTC

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The audience reaction to a Greek tragedy is always a combined sense of pity and superiority. The chorus praises Oedipus, but he is a Tragic Hero, and thus destined to fall because of his hubris...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2008 1:00 am UTC

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Twenty-first century popular media, including film, television, videos, and games as well as plays, present sexual acts, murder, torture and rape in full and realistic detail on stage or screen for...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2015 11:10 pm UTC

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It is important to remember that Teiresias' role as a prophet in Greek culture is ironic but the emphasis on "seeing the truth" and the ability of even one who is blind to see what is right or "the...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2014 12:17 am UTC

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Yes, I believe that since they are humans, and not gods, the Chorus is therefore biased. (In fact, even the Greek gods were quite biased). The role of the Chorus in the Oedipus trilogy changes...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2010 4:00 am UTC

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Creon is the brother of Jocasta, the wife of Oedipus, the king. He's accused by Oedipus of conspiring with Tiresias to take the crown from Oedipus. As a master of manipulation, Creon sounds...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2007 3:09 am UTC

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At the opening of Sophocles' Oedipus the King, we learn that Thebes is being ravaged by a terrible plague. Oedipus, the king of Thebes, has sent his brother-in-law, Creon, to Delphi to consult the...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2011 1:02 am UTC

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As you haven't mentioned which particular scene you are referring to, I'll address how the choragos functions in the play as a whole and why his presence is significant. The choragos is the leader...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2016 2:46 am UTC

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There are several heroic qualities that are similar between the characters of Oedipus and Troy Maxson. The typical qualities of a tragic hero are strength, cunning, and pride (hubris). These...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2019 2:35 pm UTC

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Note: One thing we need to keep in mind about the so-called Oedipus trilogy is that Oedipus the King, Antigone, and Oedipus at Colonus were all staged in different years. Antigone actually appeared...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2012 11:45 am UTC

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My vote would be for Oedipus. I would rather have a leader with some initiative, one who is willing to work and to put his mind to improving society as a whole. While he is easily angered and...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2008 7:48 pm UTC

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There are numerous signals that things are not all they should be, and that Oedipus is involved somehow. These work with the shepherd's words to create a terrible frisson of pain. In the...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2008 2:19 am UTC

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Creon’s life is spared when his son Haemon tries to kill him with a sword after he discovers Antigone has killed herself rather than submit to Creon’s punishment to be buried alive, he begins to...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2007 7:45 pm UTC

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The baby was found by a shepherd lying in the wilderness. Leaving an unwanted baby to die in the wilderness was a common practice in the days of ancient Greece. The reason Oedipus was left in the...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2008 4:12 am UTC

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First, we should note that Oedipus Tyrannus and Oedipus at Colonus were not parts of a trilogy, as they were not originally performed together, but rather two plays Sophocles wrote at different...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2016 4:26 am UTC

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The theme of symbolic sight and blindness and the interrelated theme of truth and ignorance are apparent throughout Sophocles's ancient Greek tragedy, Oedipus Rex. The blind seer/prophet Teiresias...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2020 5:01 pm UTC

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Though I agree with the previous answer in part, my take is somewhat different. I believe Oedipus' main flaw is hubris. Hubris is excessive pride that goes before a fall. It is a family trait,...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2007 6:46 am UTC

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Sophocles expected his audience to know the myth of Oedipus and to be familiar with the members of the House of Thebes. Much of Oedipus Rex depends on irony, both situational and verbal. The...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2008 11:11 pm UTC

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Ignorance is a very important factor in the dramatic development of Oedipus Rex, for it is Oedipus's ignorance of his true parentage that drives most of his actions, whether it's solving the Riddle...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2019 11:00 am UTC

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The play gives classic tragic archetypes. According to Northrop Frye Theory of Archetypes: Oedipus is the Alazon, an imposter who sees himself greater than he really is, he who is self-deceived,...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2010 7:12 am UTC

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In Sophocles's Oedipus Rex, Oedipus has great pride in himself and in his accomplishments. Oedipus is the loved and respected King of Thebes, who has ruled Thebes since he was made king after he...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2020 11:38 pm UTC

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Oedipus is horrified that he has killed his father. He explains to the chorus that the reason he has blinded himself is so that he won't have to meet his father's eyes in death. He is shamed and...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2007 9:56 am UTC

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I would echo the previous post's sentiments. The motif of blindness is present throughout the play to emphasize the notion of "sight." Tiresias is blind, but is able to "see" the future and what...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2009 7:56 pm UTC

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Teiresias, the blind prophet, predicts that Oedipus will be discovered to be a brother as well as a father to his children, a son as well as a husband to the same woman, and the killer of his...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2009 8:26 am UTC

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Critic Northrop Frye says: Tragic heroes are so much the highest point in their human landscape that they seem the inevitable conductors of the power about them, great trees more likely to be...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2009 9:59 pm UTC

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A good way of responding to this question would be to think of how the thematic concerns of this trilogy reflect some of the chief preoccupations of Greek culture. One of these that we can clearly...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2012 1:36 pm UTC

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The term "Oedipus trilogy" is actually incorrect. In antiquity, a trilogy was a group of plays performed together at a festival. The standard format was three tragedies followed by a satyr play....

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:23 pm UTC

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The gods play multiple roles in the lives of the characters involved in the Oedipus Myth. First, King Laius and Queen Jocasta take their baby to the Oracle, and this Oracle predicts that Oedipus...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2008 12:49 pm UTC

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