Oedipus' most prominent and significant flaws include his ignorance and his hubris. Throughout the tragedy, Oedipus’s ignorance of his birth and his entire fate drives the story forward and lead to great suffering not only for himself but for everyone around him. Oedipus’ ignorance of his parentage leads him to commit incest and his ignorance of his fate leads him to walk straight to it. While Oedipus’ ignorance is certainly a flaw as it does lead to great pain for everyone involved, Oedipus himself cannot be blamed for it and it does not represent his hamartia, or “fatal flaw”. This is because Oedipus’ ignorance exists solely as a tool for Sophocles to create the cathartic effect.
At face value this is incredibly interesting but due to Shakespeare’s wonderful presentation of thought-provoking and memorable symbolism, it is striking. There are many vivid examples of this scattered throughout the play but my favourite is when Lear observes “We are not ourselves when nature being oppressed commands the mind to suffer with the body.” This highlights how we can survive physical suffering, and we can survive emotional suffering but we cannot cope with both simultaneously. When both occur it causes severe emotional turmoil and man to breakdown. This incredibly memorable and thought-provoking observation is incredible as it explores the fragility of man in such an interesting way. Preceded by Lear shouting “Hysterica Passio!
But in this play, Oedipus the King, we can see that Tiresias also serves another role in enlarging the dramatic irony that takes place in this play, and this is by his blindness. Thus throughout the play we can see that Tiresias uses his psychic abilities to foreshadow the pain and devastation Oedipus will encounter, after he finds out the true things about himself and his life. In the beginning of this play Tiresias warns and tells Oedipus not to mock him so quickly, which foreshadows to us that Tiresias is a wise man and he has many good attributes that the city of Thebes needs. As we all know that Tiresias is a blind prophet, however he can still see
The effect of ignorance of seeing the truth can be seen when Teiresias tells Oedipus, “You with your precious eyes, / you 're blind to the corruption of your own life” (470-471). Sophocles uses situational irony in this quote as even Teiresias, a true blind from birth, can see that Oedipus is blind to his own life. This shows the reader how deeply lost Oedipus is in his own blindness. In the play the main cause of this blindness is hubris. Teiresias is physically blind but one would consider Oedipus eyeless as he can’t see the true power of god and thinks of himself as an immortal.
They are the manipulators, the inciters of the actual tragedy and therefore much more intense and curiously evasive. They do divulge their inner motivations and convictions to the audience, but their arguments still sound hollow and are unable to win the sympathies of the audience. Most Shakespearean villains share a common argument; they are evil because that’s what they are; that is their function in the world. Where Richard III bares his soul to us, Othello’s Iago never completely takes off his mask, but instead tries to convince us that he in fact has reason for what he does. Shakespearean villains, when they are major characters (like in most tragedies), have quite a few soliloquies, in which they describe their motivations to the audience, yet they are unable to resonate and the audience knows straightaway that this character is the villain and no matter what he says or does, he will remain so.
King Lear, written by Shakespeare is a play that mainly portrays the consequences of flattery and how wrong choices can lead into big issues causes deaths and sufferings. King Lear made his wrong choices by not choosing the wrong heir to his fortunes as well as not listening to his loyal friend, Earl of Kent who was devoted to him. This further lead to The Earl’s banishment. Selfless and true to the king, the Earl disguises as Caius to protect the unwitty king. However, throughout the entire play it is shown that King Lear loses the most and that when he realized his loses it was too late to correct the mistakes he had made in the past leading to the death of all his loved ones.
In the play is a lot of variety of dramatically actions that cannot be believable in real life that is what affect the perspective of readers because is too much irony that readers are unable to understand a cause of their fate. There is a variety of continuous tragedies that someone cannot assimilate one tragedy when the other is coming in the story. In Oedipus the king exists a variety of events that are truly dramatic for the story and for common sense. Mainly because the play is reflected as spiritual or for example, Oedipus guided by the gods but the truth is that all events were caused by the actions of himself deduction like Studios Ramfos argues “The fate willed by the gods makes nothing happen unless man provokes it” (Ramfos, 46).
The intention of the play Everyman is to teach a lesson and confess the truth at the end. And it tells clearly that every human being in their life-time do make a lot of mistakes. What is most important is that good deeds never leave Everyman, but it accompanies him even to his grave. This essay focuses on how Everyman lost his way and got into many temptations, judgment, abandoned by friends, and repentance, because Everyman realizes where he went wrong. Everyman play is a bit different from other well-known plays, because of its setting and style.
Shakespeare was a true writer of his century, not only he managed to radiate the charm of the Renaissance with the precise description of historical and societal background, but also created a different dimension of the 16th century rhetoric. Shakespeare’s plays have profoundly changed the course of the existing forms of literary allegory and enriched the writing culture with comic puns, running gags and frequent use of metaphors. The language and the poetry of English playwright bring variety of emotions, because of his pristine manner of formulation of the plot flow and saturation of the hidden symbols less than one clause. One of Shakespeare’s satirical plays “Much Ado About Nothing” is concentrated on the love, infidelity, traditions and erroneous perceptions of each other (the characters). Eloquently chosen language covers the dramatic complications through an entertaining interlocution.