Oedipus the King, interpreted by Thomas Gould, is an exceptionally intriguing and complex story. All through this legendary story of inbreeding and patricide, Oedipus tries to discover and uncover the murderer of King Laius. Little does Oedipus know, it was he who murdered the previous lord of Thebes. To start the play, natives of Thebes ask Oedipus to lift the scourge that undermines to wreck the city. Oedipus sends his brother by marriage, Creon, to the prophet to discern the appropriate thing to do.
He is a great observer, and he looks quite through the deeds of men” (1.2.199-204) Caesar doesn’t trust Cassius very much because he sees him as a danger to people. In fact, he said that Cassius should be feared by nearly everyone, but doesn’t fear him himself. In conclusion, Caesar doesn’t like Cassius because he can’t trust him as being as loyal as the people he surrounds himself with. However, Caesar likes Brutus because they are close friends. When Cassius asked Brutus if he didn’t want Caesar to be king, Brutus replied, “I would not Cassius.
While Oedipus slanders the gods at every chance given, Creon is more respectful, he listens to what the gods say and follow their instructions, so the chance of yet another plague due to the anger of the gods is unlikely. The destruction that hailed onto Thebes was due to Oedipus’ murder of Laius, but one has to think that perhaps the reason the gods even brought up now was because of his constant smearing of the gods skills and knowledge. Perhaps, if he was more respectful, the price of his murder may have been let off and forgotten, seeing as he is a hero. Yet he brought this anger down on himself, on all of Thebes, and Creon was the one who knew how to fix it not Oedipus. Creon was the one who called for Tiresias, who knew that the gods needed something in return for the cease of the
However, an oracle from the Greek god, Apollo, reveals that the plague will only be lifted once the murder of the deceased king, Jocasta’s first husband, Laius, is solved. As more information is uncovered, Oedipus’ legacy is exponentially diminished as a childhood prophecy revolving around Oedipus, murdering his father and marrying his mother, is brought to light. Knowledge possesses the power to catalyse devastation in stages as demonstrated through Oedipus’ ignorance, his overwhelming curiosity, and his psychological anguish. From the beginning, Oedipus was raised in a legion of lies, believing Merope and Polybus to be his true parents. This cloak of ignorance not only shielded Oedipus from the knowledge of his biological parents, but allowed the prophecy to act as a catalyst for his fleeing of Corinth.
We all have questionable thoughts go through our heads, but it is the decision to act upon them which makes a person good or the opposite. After the fact, Macbeth does not repair the evil, he does not confess. Macbeth basks in the glory of being the new king. Not only does he give in to the temptation of evil and personal gain, he is too prideful to own up to his wrongdoings and attempt to right his
An example of this would be when he basically mocks the fact that Othello trusts him by saying “Oh, you are well tuned now, / But I’ll set down the pegs that make this music, / As honest as I am”(2.1.186-188). This displays irony because he is completely aware of his deceitful nature, yet continues to proclaim that he is an honest man. Iago also boasts about his dishonesty and plan to ruin Othello’s life by sarcastically questioning “And what’s he then that says I play the villain / When this advice is free I give and honest.”(2.3.245-246) His actions exhibit irony because he claims he gave Cassio “good” advice, but it eventually ends up causing Othello to hate him. Again, this displays how Iago conspires to ruin Othello by deceiving Cassio while also still claiming his
In Oedipus The King, by Sophocles, Oedipus is given a prophecy from Apollo that he must slay his father and marry his mother. Frighten by this he decides to run away hoping that the prophecy doesn’t follow him. During his journey, he runs into a man and ends up killing him and also defeats the sphinx, making him the new king of Thebes. Shortly after being the king, it has come to his attention that the former king of Thebes has been murdered. He quickly demands to know who the killer is.
After a is put upon the city he goes on a quest to discover the truth about the murder of Laius the previous king, he falsely accuses Creon his Brother-in-law and Tiresias a blind prophet of treachery, and forces the prophet to tell the the story of how the previous king was killed once relieved it is publicly clear that Oedipus is the killer and his is married to his mother Jocasta .When comparing the two characters Oedipus and Creon it is clear that Oedipus is the charismatic leader who speaks openly in front of his people, where as Creon is more political and perhaps more scheming.Creon is offended and alarmed when Oedipus accuses him of treason, but he speaks calmly and tries to show the error of the accusation by appealing to Oedipus's sense of reason.Only when Oedipus accuses him of treachery does Tiresias suggest that Oedipus himself is guilty of the murder of King Laius. He leaves Oedipus with a riddle that implies, which states to the audience that Oedipus has killed his father and married his mother.Realizing that her son killed her first husband, that she is now married to her son, Jocasta takes her own
Hamlet sees his father, King Hamlet's ghost, who informs Hamlet that he was murdered by Claudius, Hamlet's uncle. In frustration, Hamlet then undertakes the task to avenge his father's murderer. Emotions holds the greatest power in Hamlet, the tragedy. The reasons being is that Hamlet takes revenge on his uncle, Ophelia commits suicide as a result of her father's death, and both Laertes and Hamlet show their affection for the deceased
Shakespeare has written genres everywhere between tragedies and comedies, one of his most well known works, the Tragedy of Hamlet highlights some of his best work. In the Tragedy of Hamlet Shakespeare tells a story of a young prince and his greed to gain revenge against his uncle for the murder of his father. Throughout the story many characters demonstrate power in various ways such as through their emotions and their actions that drive others. Although the character that demonstrates the most power would be the dead King Hamlet, also known as the ghost in the play. King Hamlet drove his son to seek revenge, sparked actions within Denmark with his appearances, caused everyone to die in the end and even though he was just a ghost he showed his power.
I decree that he be driven from every house, being, as he is, corruption itself to us: the Delphic Voice of Zeus has pronounced this revelation. Thus I associate myself with the oracle and take the side of the murdered king" (168.20-28). Oedipus is telling the people of Thebes not to accept the king 's murderer, when in truth they already have. Since he is the man he is looking for, it is impossible to tell if he will go through with his word and kill the true "murderer" as he says in his soliloquy. The sole credit that Sophocles had given Oedipus is when he begins to piece the different stories together.