Many say that this play occurred because of Antigone’s decision to bury Polyneices. However, if Creon did not make the decision of not giving Polyneices a proper burial, then the whole tragedy would not have occurred. There would be no consequences for the reason that the gods would be happy. In other words, one could say that Creon’s actions lead into this tragedy. Not only does Creon lead the way for this play, but he is able to make very important choices, giving him the title of a leading
Oedipus the King, translated by Thomas Gould, is a very interesting and complex story. Throughout this mythical story of incest and patricide, Oedipus tries to find and expose the killer of King Laius. Little does Oedipus know, it was he who killed the former king of Thebes. In the beginning of the play, citizens of Thebes beg Oedipus to lift the plague that threatens to demolish the city. Oedipus sends his brother in law, Creon, to the oracle to learn what needs to be done.
Examples of this maturation are shown when he explains, "It was good that God kept the truths of life from the young as they were starting out or else they’d have no heart to start at all" (284). Our view of the story changes as well when we notice that Grady 's life of adventure and experiences turns into tragedy and misfortune. His life is more about loss than accomplishment to the point where his life is an ultimate failure. By the conclusion of this story Grady has undergone a complete change. First person point of view used by McCarthy has ended up being a very successful way of telling the story.
Arthur Dimmesdale from The Scarlet Letter however, set a more destructive path for himself. Although his pride did affect Hester Prynne and his daughter Pearl, It still was more about him torturing himself instead of admitting and confessing to what he did wrong and relieving himself of that guilt and pain. Instead he chose to live with the knowledge that he did all of this because he was so proud of his status in his community as the minister and didn't want to lose that respect everybody had him. The reason he didn’t tell the truth about the adultery was because of this very pride and he admits it. But, not to suggest more obvious reasons, it may be that they are kept silent by the very constitution of their nature...guilty as they may be, retaining, nevertheless, a zeal for God’s glory and man’s welfare, they shrink from displaying themselves black and filthy in the view of men...So, to their own unutterable torment, they go about among their fellow-creatures, looking pure as new-fallen snow; while their hearts are all speckled and spotted with iniquity of which they cannot rid themselves.
Proctor! Proctor!" (-Parris Last Page in Crucible) By sacrificing his integrity in the beginning of the story for wealth and power he created an image of a villain for himself, but by the end once he realized the state of his integrity he attempted to save John helping restore his integrity and made him less of a villain. Integrity is an essential piece of heroism, this can especially be seen in the novel "The Crucible" as the two ideals of integrity and heroism collide. This is seen through such characters like Abigail, John, and Parris all of whom exhibit the polar opposites as well as the in
Oedipus discovers his fate when he meets with an oracle after a man brings suspicious thoughts to Oedipus’ mind about his family. Oedipus is greatly disturbed when the oracle unveils his future by saying, “You are fated to couple with your mother, you will bring/ a breed of children into the light no man can bear to see-/ you will kill your father, the one who gave you life!” (Sophocles 205). This prophecy causes Oedipus to panic, so he leaves his home and family in order to protect his mother and father. However, Oedipus does not know that the king and queen of Corinth are his adopted parents, so he unknowingly puts himself and his real family in danger. Similarly, Macbeth receives a prophecy from three witches.
He was once thought to be virtuous, but because of his immoral actions he is not. Having some negative qualities such as poor judgement and being to confiding in other people, was enough to bring him to his demise. Brutus took on the role of the tragic hero and as the tragic hero, he was it was his downfall. As William Shakespeare once wrote in Hamlet, “To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day thou canst not then be false to any
Matthew, Tiresias did appear to be the representer of the "truth" that Oedipus so despretely wanted to know. The conversation between Tiresias and Oedipus was an interesting turning point in the play since Tiresias was the one telling the truth and Oedipus did not believe him. Oedipus would find out the hard truth at the end of the story though. It struck me when Tiresias said “You ridicule me and call me blind, but your eyes cannot see your own corruption.” This is because even though Tiresias was literally blind and was ridiculed by Oedipus, he knew the truth. In a way, he was able to see more than Oedipus himself.
In the book Oedipus the King by Sophocles, a person 's fate and a person 's free will both influence his or her life, and is a common theme which is clearly demonstrated through different incidents that take place in the play. For example, while speaking of Oedipus the article “Encyclopedia of Themes in Literature” states,¨Regarding his contradictory attitude toward the oracle, he believes in the oracle enough to react to its admonition, but not enough to realize that he cannot evade his foreknown destiny¨ (Langis n.pag.). For this reason, Oedipus does everything he can to ensure the oracles will not come true. Which, is unquestionably displayed when he moves out of Corinth away from his parents, based solely on the fear of the oracle’s
Alongside these texts, other primary sources will come from King James’ contemporaries, Jacobean pageants, and a range of court masques by Ben Jonson and Thomas Middleton alongside the use and analysis of paintings where relevant. Furthermore, King James I of England and VI of Scotland was a writer of many pieces of literature throughout his life, these will be analysed in terms of his scholarly depiction and what the literature itself is conveying. Each of these pieces depicts King James I in different ways, however, due to it being an offence to blatantly depict the King in literature in an unflattering light, some pieces will require a careful and nuanced interpretation order to unpick the meaning. There will also be other pieces of literature from both before and after King James I of England’s rule which will be applied when necessary, this will look at his representation and focus on how it changed after his death in