Oedipus Summary

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Essays & Analysis (9)

1,208 words, approx. 5 pages
In the introduction to Sophocles' Oedipus the King, Sophocles defines a tragic hero as one who "[behaves] admirably as a man, [but who] is nevertheless tripped up by forces beyond his control and ... Read more
510 words, approx. 2 pages
Oedipus was a great man in the community of Thebes. He was king, he was married, and he was a very intelligent man. Even with all of these great features Oedipus still fit the role of the tragic her... Read more
928 words, approx. 4 pages
Oedipus' fate is seen all throughout this story. He tries hide and run from his destiny but it is inevitable. Oedipus moves away from Korinth, thinking that he can escape his destiny, but in fact, ... Read more
1,017 words, approx. 4 pages
September 2005 World Literature OEDIPUS: A TRAGIC HERO Through out history, every civilization has recorded great accomplishments completed by their Kings. Stories have been told expressi... Read more
1,345 words, approx. 5 pages
Oedipus Rex, written by Sophocles, tells the tragic story of a man's ill-fated life, and the lessons he learns through incessant tragedies. Though it may not be evident, there is a distinct correlatio... Read more
1,117 words, approx. 4 pages
The Oedipus Cycle consist of three plays that demonstrate the many means of fate and the roles that prophecies play in life. Oedipus' significant growth in life and in character along with his predete... Read more
1,595 words, approx. 6 pages
In ancient Greece, plays were more then simply a form of entertainment. "Athenian drama was supported and financed by the state. (...)Greek theater was directed at the moral and political education o... Read more
1,360 words, approx. 5 pages
The play Oedipus the king by Sophocles is often considered the finest play of the classical era. When Aristotle created the criteria for the tragic hero he used Oedipus as his example. In the play, Oe... Read more