Oedipus the King is one of Sophocles’ celebrated plays that was first performed in approximately 429 BC. It is among the most famous tragedies in the world, retelling the myth of Oedipus, an unfortunate king who ended up killing his father and marrying his mother without knowing it. Although some of Oedipus’s actions – less important to the main story – may be considered to be stemming from his free will, the theme of fatalism is prevailing in the play with the protagonist having no control over any of the events that led to the tragedy and one of the main morals of the story being the encouragement to revere professional seers representing Apollo because their prophecies are as infallible as fate itself. All of the main events of Oedipus’s life appear to be a chain of strange consequences determined by the prophecies; and at the end, the protagonist gets punished for the things he cannot be blamed
When Teiresas leaves, the chorus members comment on the alarming predictions she has made while persistently supporting the king. In one of the final odes, the chorus magnifies Oedipus’ horror and pain after he raked out his eyes. They choose Oedipus as a prime example of the delicacy of life. The chorus also regards Oedipus as a father figure, “many things learn of thee (46),” meaning that his disgrace smears the whole city’s reputation. The chorus begins by supporting Oedipus, since they believe that he is the right man to fix the city’s problems, based on his past success.
“Like strength is felt from hope, and from despair” (Homer). Odysseus -the reigning king of Ithaca- took part in the Trojan War for 10 long years. He then ventured on for another 10 years to return to to his homeland of Ithaca. On and on he raced to go home but was challenged with many challenges along his journey. Three major events were when Odysseus got caught in the land of the cyclopes, the journey through the ventures, and when he challenges the suitors to a duel to win back his home and wife.
The Odyssey revolves around a household without its master, Odysseus, who has been lost for 10 years. Despite that, Agamemnons’ death by his faithless wife isn’t the main focus of the Odyssey, but it is still frequently mentioned. Aegisthus can be thought of as the suitors who are seen at the beginning of the Odyssey feasting and sipping wine all day. His affair with Clytemnestra, his murder of Agamemnon and then later on, his death by Agamemnons’ son Orestes, foreshadows the inevitable death waiting to consume the suitors’ lives for their efforts to destroy Odysseus household. The stories set up is similar in a way that there are two returning heroes, Agamemnon and Odysseus, their sons, Orestes and Telemachus, and their wives, Clytemnestra and Penelope respectively.
The aim of this essay is to observe and explain the way the play The Comedy of Errors written by William Shakespeare in the 16th Century adhere or deviate from the norms of classical comedy. We should bear in mind that this comedy is based closely in two Latin originals: The Brothers Menaechmus a play about long separated twins who are mistaken for each other and are eventually reunited; and the Amphitruo, where masters and servants are confused. The two plays were written by Plautus, and Shakespeare combined both plots adapting them to the audience of his time and adding new characters to make it even more complicated. To evaluate the differences and similitudes mentioned before it is essential to observe some characteristics and the context
In Iliad, the first revenge action was made by Menelaus, the king of Sparta. He enraged and decided to take a revenge from the Trojans, because of loss of his wife, Helen. When he went to war, plenty of his companions joined him, such as Achilles, the leader of the Myrmidons, Odysseus, the king of Ithaca, Ajax the Greater, the king of Salamis, etc. After that, in book 16, Achilles lends Patroclus his armor, sends him off with a stern admonition to not to pursue the Trojans. However, Patroclus ignoring Achilles’ command, pursues and reaches the gates of Troy and is killed by Hector.
Tiresias was the blind soothsayer of Thebes and he appeared in Oedipus the King and is one of the most important characters in this play. Oedipus the King, also known by the Latin title Oedipus Rex, is an Athenian tragedy by Sophocles that was first performed c. 429 BC. It was the second in order of Sophocles’ actual composition of his plays dealing with Oedipus. (Wikipedia) He also recognizes the true character of others, despite himself being blind, and is able to predict the future. He appears in Oedipus Rex, because his presence and his talents are requested by Theban King “Oedipus”.
He first featured in Homer’s epic the Iliad but his main feature was in the Odyssey (Griffen, 1987:45) The primary sources in which heroes feature. One can only understand the cause for heroes through looking at the epics which they feature in respectively (Sillk, 1965: 1). Both Odysseus and Aeneas features in the Iliad by Homer, but their greatest contributions are made for Aeneas, through Virgil’s Aeneid, and for Odyssey’s through Homer’s Odyssey. One can see the difference in Greek and Roman hero’s through understanding the creation of them (Trypanis, 1987:88) 2 The Life of a Hero The journey of Aeneas through
Preceded by Lear shouting “Hysterica Passio! Down thou climbing sorrow!” we are given an insight into how close Lear is to a breakdown. This further accentuates the duel suffering he must endure. This engaging narrative is incredibly memorable due to Shakespeare’s implantation of this ingenious symbolism. It engages the audience and aids them in relating to the thematic context of the play, highlighting Shakespeare’s
When viewing King Lear, feelings of hopelessness are evoked. Attempting to understand this, audiences may reduce the play to plot development and dialogue. They see that after invocation to the gods for help, tragedy follows immediately. The sharp transitions make readers feel hopeless about the situation, that even gods are unwilling to help . In adaptations of King Lear, actors use integration to express their interpretations of the characters to the audience.