Oedipus Rex Essays

  • SIGMUND FREUD - Oedipus Complex

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    When Oedipus grew up he, too, consulted an oracle about his future and was told that he would kill his father and marry his mother. To avoid the prophecy, Oedipus ran away from the only home he had known. While wandering towards Thel1es, he was forced off the road by a chariot. In the argument that followed, he killed the driver who, unknown to Oedipus, later was identified as none other than Laius. At Thebes, he became king by

  • Oedipus Rex vs. Antigone

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    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

  • Oedipus Rex Theme Analysis Essay

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    The whole play is centered around the basic notion of oracles and prophecies even from the beginning. Laius, the King of Thebes and the husband of Queen Jocasta, decides to kill Oedipus after finding out about the prophecy put upon him. The prophecy stated “that his(Laius) doom would be death at the hands of his own son.” (228) This quote shows the audience how prophecies influenced the choices that the characters made. It reveals to the audience how prophecies played as the nucleus throughout the play. Another prophecy is when Creon, the brother-in-law of Oedipus is sent to ask about the reason for the plague at the temple in Delphi.

  • Blindness vs Sight Oedipus the King

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    In Sophocles “Oedipus the king”, Oedipus was sent to mount Cithaeron as a new born baby to die after his father (King Laius) was cursed by the gods and heard of a prophecy that his son is to kill his father and marry his mother (Queen Jocasta). The Shepard in charge of this could not kill the baby so instead Oedipus is adopted. Later Oedipus hears about the prophecy, and leaves, afraid that the prophecy would come true. Along the way he gets in a fight with a man and kills him, unknowingly his father. He then solves a riddle from the Sphinx, which has been terrorizing a kingdom, and in return, the kingdom gives him their queen's hand in marriage, which is his biological mother.

  • The Concept of Fate: Oedipus the King, The Iliad, and Hamlet

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    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

  • Oedipus the King

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    Oedipus was raised without knowing that he was King Laius son. Oedipus is also revealed to be King Laius’ murder. This means that Oedipus fulfilled his own prophecy unknowingly. By killing his father, Laius, and marrying his mother, Jocasta. Tv Guide Description: Oedipus, King of Thebes, is charged with the task of finding the killer of the previous king.

  • Oedipus: Protagonist, Not Hero

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    The self-mutilation and subsequent blindness are supposed to be a punishment for killing his father, marrying his mother, and thus bringing a curse upon Thebes. Oedipus had promised at the play’s opening

  • King Oedipus' Fate in 'Oedipus Rex'

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    Kris Zelensky Sep 6, 2011 Hon World Lit Paper Can you escape fate? Can those who have been extremely successful in life landing on top escape failure? In “Oedipus Rex” Sophocles wrote about King Oedipus’ adverse fate. A prophet told King Laius he would be murdered by his own son. So Laius gave his son to a servant to leave him abandoned to die.

  • Oedipus's Fate And Essential Nature

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    Oedipus's Fate and Essential Nature Oedipus was born by the King and Queen of Thebes. King Laius and his wife Jocasta were informed by a prophet that Laius "is doomed and would perish by the hand of his own son"; if they had a child he would kill the father and marry the mother and produce offspring with her. Regardless of the curse, they had a baby. Knowing this terrible curse was brought upon them, they immediately tried to impede the prophecy, and made a decision to have the child killed. The parents stabbed bolts through the baby's feet and handed him off to a shepherd.

  • Oedipus the King Outline

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    That is when he learns that the murderer of king Laius still lives in Thebes and needs to be banished or killed to end the plague. Oedipus learns that Laius and Jocasta were his birth parents, but was abandoned to be killed because of the prophesy that King Laius was to be killed by his own son. The Greeks based their lives on such

  • Irony in 'Oedipus Rex'

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    They destroyed him first.” (lines 945-947). Here it is ironic that in fact he did kill his father, and even more so that Jocasta’s son and the murderer of Laius is right in front of her. Situational irony also occurs when Oedipus tries to run from the prophecy in order to save his

  • Fate and Destiny in 'Oedipus Rex'

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    “However, even before a name had been given to the infant, Apollo’s oracle foretold nothing but ill: he was destined one day to kill his father and then to become his mother’s husband. (Gee 194)” It just so happened that fate intervened once more. “When Oedipus became a young man he heard a rumour that he had been adopted … he therefore went to Delphi and asked the ministers of Apollo who his true parents where, but all he was told was that he would kill his father and marry his mother. (Gee 194)” Oedipus, thinking that the king and queen of Corinth are his parents, leaves in attempt to escape that destiny, to no avail. By leaving, he left behind his parents, family members and friends.

  • The Tragedy of Oedipus Rex

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    There was murder in the play. King Oedipus killed King Laius for running him off the road. Queen Jocasta committed suicide when she found out that the man she married (King Oedipus) was her son, the son whom she tried to kill. Oedipus’ tragic flaw is that he is arrogant. I say this because of what he had said and done in the play.

  • Antigone Essay

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    He is later found, dead by her side, after committing suicide for his lost love. • Polyneices- He is the eldest son of Oedipus and Jocasta. Although he supposedly is the next in line to receive power to the throne, Eteocles takes over and banishes Polyneices from Thebes. Polyneices then gathers and army and attacks his brother. He ends up killing his brother, and being killed by his brother in battle.

  • Oedipus Complex Essay

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    What is the Oedipus complex? The Oedipus complex originates from a myth about a Greek hero named Oedipus, written by Sophocles. Oedipus was the son of Laius and Jocasta who in the fulfillment of an oracle unknowingly kills his father and marries his mother. When Oedipus and Jocasta realize what has happened, Jocasta hangs herself and he rips the golden brooches from his dead mother’s gown and plunges them deep into his eyes. Now blinded, he finally sees the truth and banishes himself to a distant land.

  • Elements of the Story in 'Oedipus Rex'

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    First off, Apollo sent an oracle to deliver a prophecy to Jocasta and King Laius saying “ that doom would strike him down at the hands of a son, our son, to be born of our own flesh and blood.” (787-788) Years later, Jocasta’s husband, King Laius is escorted out of the city when he knocked a traveller on the head with his staff. The wanderer, furiously lashes out and kills Laius along with his entire escort. Furthermore, Jocasta unknowingly marries her son Oedipus, later on has his children. These tragic events are one of the reasons that makes the ending so climactic. The city of Thebes is the main area where the events take place.

  • Hamlet vs. Oedipus

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    Oedipus is doomed since his birth; Oedipus parents told that he would murder his father and marry to his own mother by Tiresias, a blind prophet. His parents decided to kill him however

  • Oedipus, the Tragic Hero

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    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).

  • Oedipus' Fate

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    He had to kill his father, marry his mother, and have children with her. Laius brought this curse upon Oedipus because he rapped and killed a future king. When Oedipus found out about his fate he ran away from home so he would not kill his father but ended up killing him without knowing it. He married his mother after defeating the sphinx. He had four children with Jocasta, two girls and two boys.

  • Oedipus Theme Essay

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    He leaves Corinth and travels to Thebes, and on the way he unknowingly kills his father during a quarrel. After saving Thebes from the Sphinx, he is given the hand of Queen Jocasta, his mother, for marriage and he becomes the new king of Thebes. One of the many reasons Oedipus is a coward is that he didn’t want to face his parent s again. His thought at the moment when he blinds himself is that if he killed himself he will see his real parents in the underworld, who he had committed those crimes against. Instead of repenting for his sins he escapes them.