Oedipus talked to Teiresias about his powers and what he knows in lines 110-125, however, Teiresias initially just wants to leave and let Oedipus deal with his own fate. As Oedipus’s patience runs out, he demands “Out with it! Have you no feeling at all!” to Teiresias, which fails to accomplish anything but anger him. Teiresias then tells Oedipus he is the actual murderer of the previous king, causing Oedipus to go into a rage where he accused Creon of being a usurper, and Teiresias of helping him in his task from lines 160-185.
In this statement, Socrates mentions that even he started to fall for the accusers’ manipulative explanations, but he knows-and points out- the fact that they are lying. In addition, Socrates says he will use simple language so the jury can completely understand him, rather than larger, more complex words that the jury may think they know, but don’t fully understand. Unfortunately, the jury doesn’t take this into account and becomes biased, based on the accusers’ manipulative case, therefore charging Socrates unjustly. Socrates had been questioning things, seeking for the truth and getting people to think for themselves for his entire life.
Another instance of anger is when Tiresias confronts Oedipus as Laius’s killer. Tiresias states to Oedipus, “You blame my temper but you do not see your own that lives within you” (Sophocles 439). After more arguing, Oedipus speaks back, “Not twice you shall say calumnies like this and stay unpunished” (Sophocles 440). Right away, Oedipus is quick to retaliate and be on the defensive.
In The Crucible the characters who are blind to the truth, do not realize they are being deceived and they end up deceiving others, which is best illustrated by Judge Danforth, Reverend Parris, and Abigail Williams. Judge Danforth is deceived by Reverend Parris, and intern deceives Herrick, Hathorne, Reverend Parris, and himself. Parris says, “’He’s come to overthrow this court, your Honor”’ (Miller 185). John is
In Shakespeare’s play Othello, Iago is shaped to be the evilest character, who crafts his great conspiracy with cleverness and insanity. Feeling overlooked and dissatisfied to Othello promoting Cassio instead of him, Iago starts to plot his revenge. However, it is confusing that Iago continues his revenge and tries to destroy Othello so thoroughly even after he is promoted. Meanwhile, he has nothing to gain from the whole process. What motivates Iago to do such things?
Despite being very emotionally disturbed, I do not believe Hamlet allows his “antic disposition” to overcome him. Considering all the crazy, twisted events and conspiracies that go on, Hamlet seems very conscious of all that goes on around him. When King Claudius orders Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Hamlet’s childhood friends, to keep an eye on everything Hamlet does and report back to him confidentially. In Act IV Scene II, Hamlet tells Rosencrantz, “Ay, sir, [a lackey] that soaks up the King’s [favor], his rewards, his authority.”
Throughout the play, Oedipus makes the choice to be blind, both from a mental, and a literal stance, causing tension between him and those able to see. In searching for the killer of the previous king, Laius, Oedipus neglects to acknowledge that he could be a possible suspect, even when told that he was the murderer by esteemed prophet Tiresias. This interaction leads to a large amount of tension between the two characters, as Oedipus insults the prophet, mocking his physical inability to see, only to be insulted with the same amount of malice at the king’s own inability to see the truth. “I’m blind, you say; you mock at that! I say you see and still are blind.”
Oedipus then is filled with rage after hearing Tiresias accusations that Oedipus is the “plague” and has “poisoned his own land” (717). Oedipus believed that Tiresias is a traitor and is lying about his accusations to harm him. Oedipus then decides to banish Tiresias and continues to seek answers. Oedipus’ freewill is limited because he is misguided by his ambitious character. He is not willing to hear and try to understand Tiresias advice because he wishes to be the savior and hero of his town.
He even states that in his confrontation with King Claudius “Let come what comes, only I 'll be revenged Most thoroughly for my father.” (4.5.148-154) Laertes does not do much thinking when it comes to avenging his father. The opposite is said about Hamlet who spends too much time contemplating whether he should avenge his father. They both were in the same situation but went about it very differently. In the final confrontation between Claudius, Laertes and Hamlet their colliding motives leads to the death of each person.
William Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, is a tragic story about the struggles of a prince named Hamlet who seeks to avenge his father’s death. Hamlet is so determined to sabotage his uncle, who has taken his father’s crown and is responsible for the crime, that Hamlet himself increasingly becomes insane. Family bonds and friendships are broken as death begins to claim their loved ones and vengeance becomes the primary mindset of the characters. As the play progresses, three prominent themes of death, revenge, and madness drive the plot to its wretched end. Death is the most obvious and reoccurring theme displayed in Hamlet beginning with the death of King Hamlet.
“Why, then, had he come hither? Was it but the mockery of penitence? A mockery, indeed, but in which his soul trifled with itself. He had been driven higher by the impulse of that Remorse which dogged him everywhere” (Hawthorne 138) here dimmesdale can 't face the justice of what he has done wrong which is why the author called him a coward and is the reason why he kept his secrets because he is a coward to admit it to and face the consequences which is why later the guilt of keeping them eats him from the inside.
However, Machiavelli warns that “a Prince should inspire fear in such a fashion that if he do not win love he may escape hate.” (Machiavelli 44). His ruination of the reputation of the King of Thebes and the father of his household begins when he accuses his subjects and becomes stubborn to make a compromise. For example, Creon accuses the soldier of taking bribe and not following his order. Creon even threatens the guard to execute for the “treasonous gain” if he does not find the real culprit.
In the novel Oedipus Rex, the protagonist Oedipus Rex exhibits many flaws throughout the play. Whilst the novel,Critical Interpretations Dodds and Goulds essay argues that Oedipus “never possessed any flaws” (Bloom 1). However, one can conclude that he had two major flaws; which were, his ability to quickly accuse others instead of owning up to his mistakes, and his obsession with being the hero. While in the Tragic Hero essay, it is said that we should, “have sympathy with Oedipus” (Barstow 2). One must also glance back at the mistakes that Oedipus made along the play.
Human beings have been baffled by existential questions and conflicts throughout history, and we humans attempt to answer these questions and reconcile these conflicts through various cultural depictions of gods and goddesses, religion, and spirituality. Homer’s The Odyssey and Sophocles’ Oedipus the King provide two interesting examples of how Ancient Greeks sought to define meaning in life, establish and enforce morality, justify social hierarchies, explain powerful forces, and especially to explore the age-old question of whether our lives are tied to fate or whether we exercise free will. In The Odyssey, Homer writes of numerous gods and goddesses, intimately known by his hero Odysseus and his Ancient Greek audience. The gods and goddesses
Oedipus Rex was born with the prophecy of killing his father and marrying his mother. His parents try and get around the prophecy by giving away their son. Oedipus grows up not knowing not knowing anything about this he has his big prophecy over his head. and h He travels back to the city of Thebes where he then soon fulfills the prophecy.