Just before this scene, Creon indicts both Ismene and Antigony as mad, and he sends them both to be locked away for later execution. In the beginning of the play, Antigone might have been seen as irrational and foolish. As for Creon, we might not have known too much about him aside from the fact that he is a strict ruler. Now, upon hearing what he had to say to Ismene and Antigony, we discover that he is in fact ruthless and irrational himself, and that Antigony, despite being irrationally headstrong at times, seems to take on a nobler persona in comparison to Creon’s stubborn character. Sophicles then introduces Haemon, which not only further depicts Creon as an unreasonable tyrant, but also backs Antigony’s argument in a more rational way.
After fleeing from Corinth, Oedipus encounters Laios on a crossroad. After being asked to move aside and refusing, Laios goes to strike Oedipus with a blunt object. However, Oedipus ends up killing Laios and all but one of his servants (thus killing his father and fulfilling part of the prophecy). This error of judgment involves Oedipus’ hubris which can be defined as a sort of arrogant pride or over-confidence. Put together, his mistake and sense of arrogance magnify his tragic flaw.
He suspects Creon of murder, and concludes that the prophet had colluded with Creon in an attempt to undermine him. So then they argue vehemently and eventually Oedipus dismisses Tiresias. However, when he leaves, he continues muttering: murderer is right here before him - a man who kill his father and marry his mother, a man who can see now but will leave in blindness in the future. Then Creon enters to face Oedipus's accusations. In spite of Creon’s protestations of innocence, the King
In saying this, Oedipus is saying that he vows to find the murderer of Laïos, and hopes that their life is accursed. However, this is an example of irony because the audience knows that Oedipus is himself the murderer. This is also an ironic statement because Oedipus’ life is already wretched and will continue to get worse. This statement shows use of verbal irony in the play. Another example of verbal irony comes when Oedipus first begins his address to his people.
Hephaestus, who is extremely troubled by having a hand in punishing his friend, still executes Zeus’s orders stating, “…it is a dangerous thing to treat the Father’s words lightly.” (lines 16-17). Likewise, the Oceanids and Oceanus offer their pity and help, but they also take turns trying to reason with
Little does the reader know, Oedipus’ adamant and presumptuous character pushes himself to make the wrong choices, making him responsible for fulfilling his own fate. Although other characters and Oedipus himself may believe that it was “fate” that brought this horror upon him, the reader and the audience is fully aware by the end of the play that Oedipus is the one responsible for this outcome. Oedipus’ downfall caused by this theme can be traced back to the crossroad encounter with Laius, his questioning to Tiresias, and at the end of the play. The audience never sees the encounter between Oedipus and Laius at the crossroad. However, the encounter characterizes Oedipus’ character.
If Hamlet’s hypothesis proves to be true, then King Claudius should exhibit some sort of reaction. Inevitably, Claudius acquits himself poorly as he departs from the performances in a fit of rage. In his later soliloquy, Claudius admits himself to being the cause of King Hamlet’s death: “O, my offense is rank, it smells to heaven; / It hath the primal eldest curse upon ‘t, / A brother’s murder” (III.iii.40-41). Witnessing the play sparks the latent animosity King Claudius has against Hamlet. With such bitterness towards the prince, King Claudius sets forth his own plan to kill Hamlet.
"Boyce talks of the jealousy and hate that drives Iago to deceive the moor to "show how a noble man can lose faith and go in a frenzy caused by the loss of trust." (Boyce 570). Othello is tricked into believing all the wrong things which causes him to lose his sanity. Over his web article critic Christopher Baker says that Iago's only reason for all of his evil plans to infect Othellos mind with lies were because he wanted revenge for not being promoted. He thinks that all the tragedy that takes place "shows the true means of physcological derangement."
He is looking for a way to obtain revenge more than he is to find out the truth. The only proof Othello thinks he has is the handkerchief he believes Desdemona gave to Cassio. He is ready to kill his wife by pure jealousy. As he says in Act III, Scene 3, he could have forgive anything to Desdemona but not an affair. And assumptions are enough for him to kill her.