How does one go from wealthy and powerful to nobody? Is it due to bad choices or is it fate that cannot be changed. In the play Oedipus the King by Sophocles, Oedipus is the great and smart king of Thebes who defeated the sphinx but he ends up as a beggar wandering the land alone. Oedipus should have known that he could not escape his fate given to him by the oracle in Delphi by fleeing his home in Corinth. Oedipus wanted the truth but when he was given it, he refused to believe it.
This blindness towards doom is made even more ironic by the fact that he was made king by his knowledge and insight. Oedipus was known as the person who solved the famous riddle of the Sphinx, a monster which terrorized the citizens. As the play proceed, we can see how much of a contrast between the two groups of character there is, even the messengers knows stuff that the king doesn’t. Sentences like “My son, it is clear that you don’t know what you are doing” (Sophocles 55) salutes to the ignorance of the supposedly “wise” king. Using words like “son”, Sophocles gives an sign that even the messenger It illustrates the flaws that exist in Oedipus, amplifies it by comparing him to other who are supposedly
This is wrong. Creon’s way of law is proven wrong, because when Polynices dies, he does not want to bury him, which leads to Antigone hanging herself, and many more who commit suicide because of his decisions. Instead of accepting kingship as a responsibility for the entire kingdom of Thebes, Creon creates big
(Homer 22 275-277). Even though they are outnumbered by suitors and surrounded by them, he still puts everyone in danger by attacking them, and his only concern is himself and his looming status of being king again. He does not even consider their side of the story, and that they may have been thinking that Odysseus was dead, and it was only right to marry Penelope. The other side may point out that Odysseus actually cares
Oedipus sends his brother in law, Creon, to the oracle to learn what needs to be done. When Creon returns he announces that the oracle said to find the murderer of King Laius. If they discover the murderer it will end the plague among the city. Oedipus calls for Tiresias, a blind prophet, but he refuses to speak. Tiresias ends up accusing Oedipus himself
Because of Odysseus’s sharp intellect, cunningness, and with the help from the gods, he finishes the heroes’ journey. Odysseus’s main flaw in The Odyssey is his pride and not being able to control his crew. Test, allies, and enemies happen when Odysseus blinds Polyphemus who is the son of Poseidon. When Odysseus and his crew first found Polyphemus’s cave they could’ve just stolen food or left but instead Odysseus wanted to stay and receive a gift.
Yet there was still hope that Macbeth would learn to turn back from these ways, as he had still felt guilt after Banquo’s murder, but he did not. He had only become worse as he became entirely corrupt. Spilling blood, and turning against those who had once praised him. It had gone to the point where his own army only followed him as it was their duty and not because they truly respected and honored
Oedipus and Wynne both endured terrible fates throughout their tales. “Oedipus Rex” by Sophocles is a tale about a king that fell from grace because he unknowingly killed his father (the former king), then became married and produced children with the former king’s wife (his mother). Wynne is the main protagonist in the play “Stone Cold Dead Serious” by Adam Rap. Oedipus was more tragic and Wynne hero. Oedipus’ flaw was that he was stubborn and his ego was hyper-inflated.
Refusal to yield due to pride is a human weakness evident in both the ancient times and today's society. In Sophocles' Oedipus Rex, King Oedipus refuses to yield when Tiresias urges him that “there’s no help in the truth” (Sophocles 17). Since Oedipus is too proud and stubborn to believe Tiresias, he ignores Tiresias’ advice and unfolds the truth concerning his own past and King Laius’ death, thinking that he will save Thebes from the plague, but ends up only harming himself and his loved ones. Like Oedipus, Muhammad Ali, a professional boxer, is also proud of his beliefs and refuses to yield and join the U.S. military when drafted during the Vietnam War, despite the criticism and punishment he receives. Ali stated that his “ ‘conscience [won't]
Edward was ready to split up the kingdom in order to keep Piers Gaveston with him. He was not afraid of anyone, not even of his wife, and he lived the life the way he wanted. At the same time he was a victim of a malicious crime by his wife Isabella and her lover Mortimer, but when he realised that it was too late. Therefore, his incompetence and negligence led him to his deposition and murder. Marlowe’s Edward II earns no respect until his imprisonment when he realizes what he has lost in losing the kingship.