When he heard Apollo’s prophecy, he could have calmly investigated the murder of King Laius, but in his hastiness, he cursed the murder, and in so, cursing himself. “I pray that that man’s life be consumed in evil and wretchedness. And as for me, this curse applies no less” (Sophocles 13). Oedipus’ desire to know the truth about Laius’ murder and the mystery surrounding his birth, led Oedipus to his realization of his doings. Although multiple people tried to stop him from pursuing the truth, he is unable to.
The blind prophet can see, but Oedipus decides to not see what is shown to him. Lastly, Oedipus cuts out his own eyes so that he is forever in darkness. After he learned what he had done to his father and his mother hung herself Oedipus cut out his own eyes. He no longer wanted to see even if it was the truth. There are many pieces to the puzzle of this tragedy and how vision works is a major piece.
This paper will compare and contrast his behavior and evaluate if he learned anything from one play to the next. Kreon was seen in a different context in Oedipus compared to his character in Antigone. In Oedipus, he wanted nothing more than to help Oedipus rid the city of whatever plague the gods were hurling at them. Kreon goes to Apollo's shrine to find out why the gods are angry and then brings Tiresias to help Kreon see what has the gods angry. Oedipus does not want to believe the truths Tiresias is telling him and falsely accuses Kreon of plotting against him to become king of Thebes.
Many of us know the story of Oedipus: as a younger man, he killed his father and married his mother, not knowing his true identity or that he fulfilled the prophecy the Lord of Apollo in Delphi told him. When he found out the truth, he dug out his eyes with his dead mother-wife’s dress pins, saying he did not deserve to see since all the once beautiful things he knew were gone with the truth revealed. But one must wonder if it was fate that caused this happened to Oedipus or if it was his own ignorance that caused his ill fortune. This is a very strong, debatable conversation. One like this can possibly lead to someone’s faith.
Akhenaton forced and punished the priests to shutdown their temples and follow his new religion, some scholar and historian suggested for that reason being the son of Akhenaton caused him enemies looking for revenge beside he was a little boy when he was crowned. So, revenge was the motive. Other motive was the throne, it was said he was killed by AY, Ay knew that by killing King Tutankhamen he would inherit the throne and become pharaoh, after the death of Tutankhamen Ay was given the throne. To support this theory recent discovery showed a crack in the skull, possibly the king was murdered. An advocate of this theory is a well known Egyptologist, Bob Brier from Long Island University.
Hamlet also knew that he could not go around telling people that Claudius killed his father just because a ghost told him so. Therefore, instead Hamlet masterminded a plan that made the King, Claudius, show his guilt and then he would have proof that Claudius did in fact kill his father. Hamlet's obsession with his mother's remarriage to his uncle contributes to his insanity. In numerous occasions, Hamlet will make a comment about the little time that it took for his mother to move into his uncle's bed. Sarcastically, Hamlet states, "What should a man do but be merry?
Due to Creon’s tragic flaw and destructive pride, he suffered at the hands of the angry Gods. According to Aristotle, a tragedy “arouses pity and fear in the audience so that they may be cleansed of these unsettling emotions.” Dr. Larry A. Brown, a professor of theater, says a tragedy “examines the major questions of human existence. Why are we here? How can we know the will of the gods?
Literature Review: Oedipus the King and the Good-Morrow “Oedipus the King,” was a tragic drama. Oedipus killed his own father, married his own mother and he did not even realized it. He was very angry when Tiresias told him that he was the murder of the pervious king. It made me think about what I would have done if I was in that situation. I think it is only natural for us as human to become defensive when the blame is put on us.
Their own son (who has not been born yet) will grow up, and he will kill his father (King Laois) and marry his mother (Queen Jocaste). In an attempt to not let this prophecy come true the king and queen ordered a peasant to leave Oedipus on the side of a mountain, and this is when the prophecy beings to take its path. The peasant does not leave it on the mountain side, for he would feel guilty to kill an infant. He handed it off to another peasant to bring to his town. One simple trip to an oracle sets the outline of a great ancient Greek tragedy.
Oedipus tells the collected crowd that even though he knows they are sick, none is as sick and devastated as he: thus clearly identifying himself with Thebes. Oedipus tells the priest that he has sent Creon to the temple of Apollo to glean from the gods how the city might be saved. Creon then arrives and announces the command from the Oracle: “Drive out a pollution…. Grown ingrained within the land” (98-9) - namely the murderer of Laius. “Where would a trace / of this old crime be found?” Oedipus asks – Laius was murdered many years ago (108-9).