From the beginning Oedipus was destined to fulfill a terrible prophecy, but through particular events that follow the steps of the Hero’s Journey, Oedipus becomes a powerful king of Thebes, only to be destroyed by the prophecy that should have ended his life as a child. The Hero’s Journey typically leads to self-confidence and power, however; the Hero’s Journey of Oedipus leads to his tragic demise. The Hero’s Journey lays out the steps of Oedipus’s future actions, which create suspense, fear, pity, and other emotions that captivates the audience. Similar to many famous stories, Oedipus the King, written by Sophocles in 430 B.C., follows the Hero’s Journey path, which is evident in Oedipus’s departure, initiation, and return.
Thesis:In Sophocles play ‘Oedipus the king’,Oedipus is an example of a tragic hero because he changed from a hero at the beginning of the play into a tragic hero by the end by experiencing power,tragic flow,downfall and death. Oedipus changes into a person no can believe of,because in the beginning he was a hero for the city of thebes by solving a riddle to defeat the monster that was killing and taking over thebes. Claim:Before the play Oedipus defeats sphinx and becomes a powerful king,At the beginning of the play people rely on Oedipus’s power and help. Data:For example the priest says “Oedipus greatest in all men’s eyes We pray,find some strength again and rescue or city”. Warrant:From this quote readers can see that how empowered oedipus feels like and how people in thebes rely on him,Clearly this scene represents the power stage of the tragic hero.
Oedipus Rex, written by Sophocles is a well known Greek tragedy, that is read by millions around the world. Oedipus flaws lead to his status as a character, and as a king. His flaws also led to his downfall as the king of Thebes. Oedipus has many flaws, the major ones are how he was very arrogant, selfish, and having a very bad temper.
"’Wicked, wicked eyes!’ he gasps, ‘you shall not see me nor my crime, not see my present shame. Go dark for all time blind to what you never should have seen, and blind to the love this heart has cried to see’" (70). Sophocles’ play, Oedipus the King is said to be one of the greatest tragedies in literature. The act revolves around Oedipus Rex, a man who is fated for an incestuous relationship with his mother, Jocasta and parricide of his father, Laius, and unwittingly fulfils it.
The Tragic Hero The people of our time know Oedipus Tyrannus as a hero of the two Sophocles tragedies. Oedipus is a mythological person, at least in his origin. Sophocles shaped it on the basis of old Thebes’s myths with such a mastery that he grew up to one of the greatest figures of Greek and world dramatic creativity.
Oedipus, a man fated from birth to kill his father and marry his mother, is the epitome of Aristotle’s tragic hero. The traits necessary to be a tragic hero are as follows: nobility and goodness, hamartia, hubris, peripeteia, anagnorisis, and catharsis. Prior to Sophocles’ play, Oedipus Rex, he saves the kingdom of Thebes from a sphinx, showing his goodness. This earns him not only the title of king, but also Iocaste as his wife. Right away, he demonstrates hubris by saying, “I know that you are deathly sick; and yet,/ sick as you are, not one as sick as I” (5).
Oedipus the King, by Sophocles, is really a story about the necessity of placing more faith in others and their counsel than in oneself and one’s own beliefs. Repeatedly the titular character is pleaded with to listen to and accept the advice of those around him and each time he refuses to obey. Ultimately, Oedipus’ tendency to do perform the actions he would prefer to do rather than to allow his family to help guide him leads to his downfall and loss of the throne. A common characteristic of Greek tragedy is the “fatal flaw” of the main character and how this flaw leads to the character’s misfortune.
Greek culture flourished during the Classical Period, despite the large amounts of turmoil that occurred. Many religious festivals incorporated performances of drama, tragic and comedic theatrical works. Many of these were written by writers who would become known as classic writes including Aeschylus, Euripides, Aristophanes and Sophocles. At the same time as these literary developments, theatre and stage design blossomed alongside it. (Silberman, et al. 1996).
Introduction King Oedipus is a tragic play written by Sophocles. It reflects several themes in the story, including Fate and Free will (the unavoidable prophecy that cause tragedy in the story); Shame and Guilt (both Oedipus and Jocasta took the easy way out by becoming blind and seeking death; to avoid facing the truth and taking responsibility for their actions); and Finding out the truth (Oedipus determination to find the murder leads to his own destruction). In the play, King Oedipus was a noble king that seeks to help his citizens of Thebes to find the murderer of King Laius to stop the plague. However, the search for the murderer slowly became a tragic for King Oedipus after he found out that he was the murderer. Throughout the story of King Oedipus, Sophocles is using god as the main subject for Oedipus fate to be predestined.
First performed around 429 BC, Oedipus the King is part two of the trilogy play Oedipus Rex, written by Sophocles. It is a lively and riveting play with many of the scenes demonstrating character flaws relatable to the reader. The main character Oedipus is awash with excessive pride and anger. Blinded by his flaws, he creates an invariable static world within himself in which he cannot fathom the truth, fails to learn from his mistakes and eventually leads to his own destruction.
Pride is considered one of the worst of the seven deadly sins because of its destructive properties. It is a common quality of many tragic figures throughout literature, but Oedipus Rex takes the cake for the most destructive case of pride. A plague spreads across his city of Thebes, threatening the entire population. King Oedipus swears to his people that he will do whatever it takes to save the city. He finds out he has “to take revenge upon whomever killed [King Laïos]” (Sophocles 962) in order to save everyone.