Creon is hurt by this accusation and responds, "This accusation against me by our ruler Oedipus, it's outrageous." (Sophocles 514) Unfortunately, as the book closes, Creon looses his virtues as he becomes the new ruler of Thebes. As the story of Antigone starts, it begins with Oedipus' sons, Polynices and Eteocles. These brothers joined two different armies and ended up killing each in fratricide. Antigone, daughter of Oedipus tried to bury Polynices after the battle, but Creon has
This essay will explore the reasons why Nero was thought to be a destructive ruler and contrast the opinions found in ancient sources with that of modern beliefs. Before he was born he was destined for tragedy. He supposedly committed matricide as well as killing other family members. Nero is known for his extreme hate for Christians and trying to eliminate them. He was scandalously a lover of all things Greek.
This action of Paris creates rivalry between the two cities and the Trojan War strikes in. Atreus’s sons have vowed that they will bring Helen back home and in order to win the war, Agamemnon sacrifices his own daughter to gods. Oresteia depicts number of sins
Can it be said that arrogance is a sign of a good leader? In the Greek tragedy Oedipus Rex, written by Sophocles, the title character embodies qualities that foster his leadership but also bring about his demise. Oedipus Rex is a story of a king that must banish a plague from his city. During his efforts to accomplish this goal, he discovers his true identity, loses his innocence, and becomes forever blinded by the truth. Through the great tragedy Oedipus Rex, we can easily see how Sophocles personified the tragic hero.
As an actor preparing for the role of Electra, what aspects of her character would you emphasise in creating the final performance? In your answer you should refer to three key scenes in which the character appears. Electra is an ancient Greek play by Sophocles. The play opens with Orestes, Electra’s brother, deciding to pretend he is dead in order to take revenge for his father, Agamemnon’s, death. Electra fights with her mother, Clytemnestra, and her mother’s lover, Aegisthus, because she feels betrayed by them as they killed her father.
Oedipus was similar to Macbeth because both Oedipus and Macbeth were confronted and destroyed by a set of circumstances, Oedipus by fate and Macbeth by the witches and their prophecies. Oedipus the king is given the throne of Thebes because he answered the riddle of the sphinx correctly. Oedipus unknowingly killed the king of Thebes and took his place and ruler. When he was young, Oedipus received a prophecy that he would eventually kill his father and marry his mother. Sickened by this prophecy, Oedipus ran away from home to prevent these horrid events from occurring.
This means that the gods had key roles in the fates of mankind, an idea which is hinted heavily upon during the course of the play. The title character of Aeschylus’ production, Agamemnon, faces various challenges which ultimately end rather poorly with Clytaemnestra organising his assassination. It could be argued that this was destined to happen from the very beginning of the sequence of events due to the family curse that circles his house. Atreus’s house was known for the curse that seemed to pass down through the generations of his sons which involved terrible things, ie murder happening between the children and the fathers. Atreus himself was involved in the tragedy in which he murdered his brother’s children and served them up as a dish to eat.
As two main characters in the play “Medea” written by Euripides is Medea and Jason. The play is a classical thesis “an intense love will be the cause of bad things”. The play revolves around the time of Jason abandoned his wife and sons and how Medea revenged Jason. Through the play, Euripides shows his sympathy for Medea and her reasons to be angry. However, he also creates a model of Greek man as Jason that lead to the tragic deeds at the end.
Aristotle defines Oedipus as a tragic hero for his unfortunate sequence of events. As a child, Oedipus was given a prophecy that he was to grow up marrying his mother and slaying his father. Jocasta and Laius try to impede the prophecy by killing Oedipus, but in the end, fate was the ultimate victor. Aristotle defines a tragic hero by four qualities: goodness, appropriateness, lifelike, and consistency (Aristotle's Tragic Hero). According to Aristotle, Oedipus is an ideal example of a tragic hero for causing his own downfall, having fallen from his estate, and having an undeserved punishment (sheet).
While Othello displays the role of noble caliber, he also possesses the second characteristic of a tragedy, which is having a tragic flaw. A. Iago manipulates Othello into believing that Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio his Lieutenant. B. Othello becomes jealous and vengeful. IV. Lastly, Othello fits the final requirement where, “In Greek tragedy, the hero is a character amply capable of making choices – capable, too, of accepting the consequences” (Kennedy & Gioia, 2013, pg.