Oedipus and Willy: The Consequences of Their Destiny Tragedy has created an impact on many peoples lives that can affect the common person and it doesn't have to be someone of a high social status. In the plays Oedipus the King by Sophocles and Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, they show that tragedy can occur to someone in a high or low status in society. No man in this world is free of having some type of tragedy throughout their lifetime. Although Oedipus and Willy were tragic heroes, Oedipus is a superior tragic hero compared to Willy because Willy had the chance to change his destiny but didn't take advantage of it. Oedipus’s life was cursed before he was born, therefore he couldn't do anything about it.
Heroes come and go; some retain their honor, while others are stripped of all their glory and become tragic heroes. Despite belonging to different eras, both Oedipus from Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles, and the comedian Bill Cosby experience a similar, successful fate then controversy leading them to their current state. Oedipus and Bill Cosby stood as elite symbols to their followers. However, when tragedy struck it didn 't take long for these heroes to crumble. Oedipus’s followers thought that he would lead them through their times of struggle as their king. On the other hand, Bill Cosby encompassed the role of the ideal father through his work on television and comedy. As Oedipus’s and Bill Cosby’s fame grew, they eventually attained an “untouchable”
We have people who have sight but are blind when it comes to the knowledge of the truth, including the truth hidden behind their whole life. This is the case for Oedipus. Oedipus, the main character of the play, is living in lies but he doesn 't even know until Theiresias, a blind man, reveals him the truth which due to is personal character refuses to accept until he becomes blind. This is from where the irony, blind but have sight, comes.
Critical Lens As said by Benjamin Disraeli in Contarini Fleming, “Circumstances are beyond the control of man; but his conduct is in his own power.” Although this quote originates from 1832, centuries before Oedipus the King was published, its logic can still be applied to Sophocles’ play. Disraeli is saying that no one can help the circumstances they are born in, but everyone has the capability to live how they want. At face-value, this may seem true; in the end everyone has the ability to make a decision. Yet, it is their circumstances that drive the choices people make.
Oedipus the King is one of the most ironic plays ever written. Sophocles, the author, is a famous philosopher of the ancient times The Play is about Oedipus, the king of Thebes, who kills his father and marries his mother. An oracle warned Laius, the king of Thebes prior to Oedipus, that his son would murder him. Accordingly, when his wife, Jocasta, had a son, he exposed the baby by first pinning his ankles together. The infant, who was adopted by King Polybus of Corinth and his wife was then brought up as their very own. In the earlier years Oedipus visits Delphi and learns that he was fated to kill his father and marry his mother. He then planned to never return to Corinth.
Durazo 1 Fabian Durazo Mrs. Jacobson English IV 23 February 2016 Oedipus short answer essays number 1 Irony is such a powerful dramatic element in this play. Oedipus murders his father, marries his own mother, has four children with her and causes a plague. The significance is that he thinks he is a king but realization he brings the city of Thebes misfortunes all by himself. This is considered dramatic irony because the audience knows something that the character is completely oblivious about.
Obviously, William Shakespeare uses dramatic irony such as Romeo and Juliet feuding families, Juliet’s arranged marriage to Paris, and Juliet’s death to keeps reader on edge and wanting to read more. Finding out that Romeo is a Montague and Juliet is a Capulet shows there is going to be trouble throughout the play. When Juliet is crying over Romeo's banishment, her father tells her to marry Paris to make her happy again. Since Romeo has been banished Juliet fakes her death so she can run away with Romeo. All these examples of dramatic irony heightens the tragedy, and keeps the reader on
￼Niya Kebreab King Oedipus: Moral Ambiguity In the play King Oedipus, Sophocles depicts Oedipus’ inevitable downfall, which represents man’s struggle between free will and fate. In an attempt to use the audience’s knowledge to his advantage, Sophocles opens the play seventeen years after Oedipus murders his father, Laius and marries his mother, Jocasta. The sequence in which the story unravels reveals the strong psychological focus towards Oedipus’ character. In search of his identity, Oedipus’ enigmatic quality and moral ambiguity compels readers to question whether his ignorance renders him morally blameless.
Dramatic Irony in Romeo and Juliet The play, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, can be described as confusing, well written, dramatic, emotional, sorrowful, ironic, and much more. Shakespeare's use of dramatic irony makes the play much more enjoyable and realistic. Dramatic irony is used throughout the whole entire play, especially in Acts III, IV and V. Each Act has dramatic irony concealed beneath Shakespeare's beautiful Old English language. Juliet spoke in a very complex way. Most of what Juliet told her family, could be taken in two completely different directions.
In the play, Oedipus the king by Sophocles, the audience sees many dramatic ironies. Within this dramatic irony, they have previous knowledge about what is going on and what is being said, but the Character does not know the truth about what is going on. In the play, Sophocles uses dramatic irony to illustrate about Oedipus’ ignorance about the truth in Tiresias’ speech, which is symbolized as “blindness”, which contributes to the foreshadowing of Oedipus’ future. The dramatic irony within the play, that repeats a lot, is that Oedipus doesn’t know the truth, that he fulfilled the prophecy in which he will kill his father, Laius, and marry his mother, Jocasta. Tiresias even tells Oedipus that he doesn’t know the truth when he mentions to
Brilliantly conceived and written, Oedipus Rex is a drama of self-discovery. Achieved by amazing compression and force by limiting the dramatic action to the day on which Oedipus learns the truth of his birth and his destiny is quite the thriller. The fact that the audience knows the dark secret that Oedipus unwittingly slew his true father and married his mother does nothing to destroy the suspense. Oedipus’s search for the truth has all the tautness of a detective tale, and yet because audiences already know the truth they are aware of all the ironies in which Oedipus is enmeshed. That knowledge enables them to fear the final revelation at the same time that they pity the man whose past is gradually and relentlessly uncovered to him.
Ordering their servant to take their son to dispose of him, went to go get rid of the baby, but instead of killing him he gave it away to the king and queen of Cornith. Oedipus grow up without realizing he is adopted until one day he is out with some friends drinking, one of his friend that night told him the truth. Finding out this. He travel to Delphi 's to search for the truth. But once he get their he told about a prophecy where he kills his father and marry his mother.
In Act III, Scene II, Helena believed she was being mocked by Demetrius and Lysander. Leading up to the scene, Helena loved Demetrius, but both Lysander and Demetrius loved Hermia. Because Demetrius and Lysander both randomly fell in love with Helena, she was led to believe she was being made fun of. Demetrius and Lysander were also confused because they knew it wasn’t a joke, and they truly loved her (Shakespeare 3.2 125-355). This is an example of dramatic irony because the audience knew something the characters didn’t.