The first character flaw responsible for the tragedy is king and queen of Thebes’ (Oedipus’ parents’) belief in an oracle about their son. The prophecy told by this oracle said that their son would grow up to kill his father and marry his mother. In order to try to prevent this from happening, Iocaste and Laios pierced the child’s feet, tied them together, and instructed their servant to leave the child in the wilderness to die, which is the second character flaw. In the text, the shepherd explains everything to Oedipus. “If you must be told, then…/They said it was Laios’ child/I was told to get rid of it/It was said that the boy would kill his own father”(56-62).
In Oedipus the King, one trait that makes Oedipus a tragic hero is that he is responsible for his own fate. Oedipus marries his mother, Queen Jocasta, and kills his father, King Lauis. When Oedipus is communicating with the city of Thebes he says, “Not pointed out as wedded to the one who weaned me. Now I am god-abandoned a son of sin and sorrows all incest-sealed with the womb that bore me” (74). Also, when the official who is telling the city of Thebes that Oedipus blinded himself he says, “He shouts for all the barriers to be unbarred and he displayed to all of Thebes, his father’s murderer, his mothers…no, a word too foul to say…”(71).
Missael Oseguera Ms. Boland English II, period 4 3/2/15 Tragic Hero Did you ever think that you would have to decide whether or not to kill you own niece? Antigone’s brothers, Polyneices and Eteocles fought to the death, fighting for their place at the throne as king. One was labeled a traitor the other a hero, leaving controversy in the family. Their death was the beginning of Creon’s rule as king. Creon is a tragic hero because he is a noble, he had flawed, and his realization of his flaws came far too late.
The difference is who was more tragic or which character evoked more pity and fear. Both Brutus and Caesar were born into noble families. The dissimilarity comes not with their beginning, but with their ending. The tragic flaw that led to Caesar’s death was his ambition for power. Brutus’s death was caused by his flaw of being too trusting based upon his idealistic, noble, and honest ideologies.
Even at the beginning of the story, when we are told that Oedipus is the son of Polybus, he is still of noble birth; Polybus is king of Corinth. The tragic flaw or mistake that the character makes, in Oedipus Rex does not actually take place during the story. We only watch as Oedipus and the rest of the characters discover this mistake that was actually made long, long ago and cannot be reversed. This tragic flaw is of course Oedipus killing his father Laios, and then marrying Iocaste, his mother. We realize that these actions have taken place much earlier in the story than the characters do.
Tragic heroes are people that are fated by the Gods or by supernatural force to doom destruction or at least to great suffering. Oedipus is to blame for the plague because he didn’t know that Laius was his real father and that he was sleeping with his own mother. In order to pay for what he has done he stabbed his eyes out but not fully killing himself because he wanted to please the gods and asked Creon to exile himself from king. He to blame for his downfall because when Jocasta tried to steer him in another direction he chose to go the opposite way which caused him to find out the truth. He chose to kill Laius and find out what his real back round was instead of doing his regular routine.
In the end, like a hero from a Greek tragedy, his own mistakes would bring about his downfall. A family tradition Pericles was born to one of the best families in Athens. His mother, Agariste, came from the upper levels of the Athenian aristocracy, but her
In the play Oedipus’ parents (King Lauis and Queen Jocasta) send him away to be killed because of prophecy that tells that Oedipus would one day kill his father (Laius) and marry his mother Jocasta. "He'll be revealed a brother and a father to his children in his house, husband and son to her who gave him birth; wife-sharer and the killer of his father." (Sophocles, line 457) However the servant did not kill Oedipus instead giving him to a childless King Polybus and Queen Merope of Corinth, who then raised him. Oedipus
In ancient Greece fate was very strongly believed in. Fate is defined as something that unavoidably falls upon a person. Oedipus the King, by Sophocles, is old Grecian literature that really makes the reader think about whether there really is such a thing called fate or free will. In Oedipus the King an unfortunate man, named Oedipus, is given a prophecy that he will kill his father and marry his mother. Despite Oedipus’s tries to make sure his prophecy does not come true.
“Look Here…” In Hamlet, one of the most famous works of all time, written by William Shakespeare during the Renaissance period, dramatic monologues and soliloquys are used to delve into the livid thoughts of Hamlet about his family situation. Hamlet spends a majority of the play trying to avenge his ghostly father’s wishes, which are to avenge his murder done by the king’s own brother, Claudius. Hamlet also tussles with concepts of incest and betrayal due to his mother marrying her brother-in-law Claudius after King Hamlet is murdered. In Act 3 Scene IV, Hamlet uses his “Look here” monologue in order to depict to Gertrude the horrors she has committed, and while doing so, portrays major theme elements in betrayal and incest. One quintessential part of the plot deals with Hamlet’s struggling with his mother’s incestuous betrayal to his father until he finally confronts her, which is embodied in his dramatic monologue in Act 3 Scene IV.