In the play, Oedipus the King, there are many different examples of situational, dramatic, and verbal irony. Irony is very prevalent during this play, mostly because of the backstory of Oedipus. Oedipus’s parents were presented with an oracle that stated their son, Oedipus, would eventually destroy the city of Thebes, kill his father, and lie with his own mother (Oedipus Rex 1205-1206). As the story goes on, Thebes is hit with a plague and the only way to get rid of it is to exile or kill the murderer of King Laius, the king of Thebes (99-108). Although Oedipus was determined to find the murderer of Laius, it ended up being himself (1118-1123).
While he is haunted by guilt, Macbeth has to secure his throne by murdering Banquo and Fleance. At the end of the feast which was set up for assassinating Banquo and his son, Macbeth is again terrified by the news that Fleance has fled and Banquo’s ghost will dried blood over his body. He said to the ghost: “Thou canst not say I did it. Never shake/ Thy gory locks at me.” (3.4.51-52) These reactions all showed his ambivalence and the hatred to
Through a series of prophecies, Oedipus learns that he himself killed the king, who is his father, and married his mother, the queen. This drives him to become a blind beggar when his wife/mother commits suicide. Throughout the play, one can see that Oedipus’s fate was determined by forces outside his control, as seen by his lack of agency over the events leading to his eventual fate. The intractable gods’ manipulation in Oedipus’s fate is clearly shown by the various prophecies delivered by various oracles and prophets in the play. The first word of god in Oedipus the King commands the citizens of the plague-infested city to “drive out, and not to leave uncured within this country, a pollution we have nourished in our land” (96-98).
In fact, we saw in this story that the main who is a young soldier kills his father due to the pressure of his duty. Then, the author wants to demonstrate that duty is more significant than family during war time. 8. How did you react when the identity of the horseman was revealed? When the identity of the horseman was revealed, my first reaction was surprised because I realize that Druse kills his own father and I understood why every kinds of war are destructive for family relationships.
Sophocles also shows the consequences of actions throughout the whole play, to even include the messenger fearful for his life bringing the message of sighting the buried body, but if he didn’t carry the message when he tells Creon ‘I can suffer nothing more than what is in my fate’. Creon had to deal with the consequences of his actions after entombing Antigone, his son’s wife to be, his son committing suicide to be with his wife in the afterlife and then Creon’s own wife also killing herself out of anguish of the death of her second son. Sophocles wanted to show, regardless of whether you believe in the archaic gods, monotheism, or even if you believe that the rules laid down by the king of the city should be the only rules your actions in this life will always have consequences. As Oliver Taplin notes in his book Greek Tragedy in action, ‘great drama makes universals concrete, and portrays the human condition through the voice and the actions of the human
Eventually, he ended up completely disgracing Hector’s dead body in front of all of Troy, tying him up to a chariot and dragging him around, being “defiled in his own native land” (Iliad, Book 22, 449). His only redemption after this section is the fact that he allowed Hector’s parents to give him money in exchange for their son’s corpse so that he could be properly buried and sent off to Hades. All of this violence, especially the parts towards the already dead person, was not even acceptable towards the Greek. The comparison would be that with this level of brutality, most modern-day people would view Achilles more as a villain than a hero after this. His actions here provide no redemption in modern
Road rage in modern times is equivalent to this act of violence upon another human. Oedipus is determined to find out who killed the King of Thebes and he announces to the people of Thebes that he will kill the man or men that killed their king. He goes on to say that Thebes suffers due to the murder of King Laios, and he must put an end to it. “Then once more I must bring what is dark to light” (Sophocles 1071). The gods and goddesses demand justice and he must find the man that killed the king, his father, Laios.
According to Gina Kolata author of “What Nuremberg Code?”, “American judges heard testimony about Nazi doctors performing horrendous medical experiments on whomever they pleased” and “To insure this would never happen again, the Nuremberg code was written”(Kolata). In the two quotes, it claims that the Nuremberg code was written to get full permission and consent from the human subject being tested. The quotes connect to the idea that the experiments were inhumane and the Nazi doctors abused their use of the method of advancing medical and health knowledge by performing several crimes against humanity that ultimately led them to face the consequences of their actions. Because of the nasty and terrible experiments conducted the Nuremberg code was established and the experiments and the Nazi doctors were put to
In the tragedy Oedipus Rex written by Sophocles, King Oedipus was destined to a tragic fate. He was prophesied to kill his father, King Laius and marry his mother Jocasta. Throughout the story, many symbols reveal hidden meanings related to the ignorance Oedipus displays towards his fate. Sophocles uses Oedipus Rex to convey that ignorance cannot alter fate. The symbols of light versus dark and sight versus blindness help to reinforce this theme.
This sequence of events changes his view and molds Odysseus’ character in regard to his surviving friends and family. For example, Odysseus taunted Polyphemus and incited the wrath of Polyphemus and Poseidon, which led to the deaths of all his crewmembers. That was incredibly unwise, and not worthy of a leader who is responsible for the protection protect of his men. However, Odysseus learns his lesson, and realizes that he needed to grow through his horrifying experience of the earlier deaths. By the time Odysseus finally returns to his home, he not only has a burning desire to avenge his family by killing the suitors, but he also attained a greater understanding for the suffering of others.
15). Henry Beecher was a big part in promoting the movement that brought along a new set of rules and players to medical decision making (Rothman, 1991). His article, “Ethics and Clinical Research” exposed the horror and dangers of the human medical experimentations that had ocurred in our world’s history (Rothman, 1991, p. 15). His use of twenty-two different examples allowed for his article to explain a variety of problems that were going on, even though his article was fairly short (Rothman, 1991). This one man’s movement towards morality in medical research is what this world needed, yet many people were highly opposed to his article and research, saying that he “grossly exaggerated the problem” (Rothman, 1991, p. 17).
The city of Thebes had come down with a plaque of sorts and elders were convinced it was brought on by the curse of the previous king, who was murdered. Oedipus, the Hero-King, summons the blind prophet Tiresias for guidance on how to relieve Thebes from the plaque. As the profit attempts to elude the kings questions, for fear of being killed himself, he finally unveils the murderer was Oedipus himself. As time passes, the
The same thing seemed to have occurred for Ishmael, in the sense that his family was killed. He wanted to seek revenge for those who had inflicted the terrible occurrence upon him and his family. Before he was angry though, he went through a phase of being upset. When his family had first passed away, he even told himself: “I didn’t care. I wanted to see my family, even if that meant dying to be with them” (Beah 96).
Antipitar may have had a reason to kill Alexander the Great as, “Alexander sent orders for [Antipitar] to surrender his post and report to Babylon.” Antipater was not very happy with Alexander the Great for this decision as well as killing one of his companions Cleitus. Antipitar saw an opportunity to poison the great Alexander as he was at his weakest point. Antipitar then collected the poison from the styx river and made a plan to kill Alexander the Great. After he collected the poison, “Antipater sent with his son a draught toxic water that was collected from the legendary river Styx.” Antipater sent his son to a party that Alexander the Great had to attend. Even with his fever Alexander the Great was told he had to attend a party and continued to drink.