Perhaps this was intended to show his another role in this drama, to show the real nature of Oedipus it self. Despite only appeared in one scene of the drama, his conversation with Oedipus in the scene I has a great impact to Oedipus as he does to the main plot. in the play, Oedipus was provoked by Teiresias tenacity of not speaking the truth and then blindly accused him as a mad man and blame him for his fate as Oedipus assumed the prevision as a curse spelled by Teiresias [page 56, right column, line 41]. Teiresias hinted that Oedipus himself as the cause of the pledge by mentioning Oedpus’ parents [page 57, left column, line 37 & right coulmn, line 16]. That is showing that Oedipus was indefendanble and ignorant about his own fate.
Thus, inspiring Aeschylus to write tragic poets such as Prometheus’ Bound in order to express his own ideology and pointing the moral of tragedy. It is no surprise that Hesiod viewed Zeus as a glorified olympian hero and Prometheus as a traitor who stole fire and gave it to mankind. Aeschylus’s idea of Prometheus was conflicting to Hesiod, whereby he viewed Prometheus as a god supporting the civilization of mankind. Through thorough analysis of Zeus’ interaction with Prometheus in both Hesiod’s Theogony and Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound, this essay will be able to clarify which one of the authors had the most accurate
Instead of respectfully asking Tiresias to elaborate, Oedipus furiously seethed at the prophet: “You have no power or truth. You are blind, your ears and mind as well as eyes” (23). Oedipus mocks the blind prophet, but eventually becomes what he had laughed at: a man who no longer sees the world of lies surrounding him, only the truth. After Oedipus understands the underlying truth, he blinds himself; he has become like Tiresias, blind to the world yet can finally see his despicable fate. Tiresias merely told Oedipus the truth, but it was Oedipus’ own fixation on the literal meaning of blindness wrong that caused his eventual downfall.
In Ancient Greek mythology, fate is the focal point of many plays and is significant in establishing the catharsis that Greek tragedies provide for the audience. The playwrights use the catharsis to allude to the general theme that people cannot escape their fate, and using symbolism is an effective way to emphasize the theme. Sophocles, the Ancient Greek playwright of Oedipus Rex, uses the symbolism of blindness to develop the play’s theme and teach the audience a lesson about fate. Sophocles uses blindness to symbolize to ability to see truth and accept fate. Although throughout most of the play Oedipus is not physically blind, he is blind to the fact that his fate has come to fruition.
Conflicts, such as man versus nature, man versus man, and man versus self, are used in these plays. Both plays teach a valuable lesson. Oedipus and Macbeth are kings who take a challenge that can define their future due to inadequacies within themselves. However, with the major difference that one act willingly and with full responsibility for his deed and the other fails because of admiration but mostly because of destiny. Both Oedipus and Macbeth were confronted and destroyed by a set of circumstances, Oedipus by fate and Macbeth by the witches and their prophecies.
Oedipus ' eyes works fine, but he 's completely blind of the ugly fate that gods have placed upon him. 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.
In this story there is an event that is commonly called a “play inside of a play”, and by using this in the story it reveals the effectiveness of using deceit to pull the truth out of people, to see their true nature and what they’re capable of. Although everyone is using trickery, Hamlet’s deception is quite possibly the cruelest out of everyone because it causes the most deaths. In this story, Hamlet deceives basically everyone in the play even himself. He deceives himself into thinking what he is doing is warranted and that his uncle must burn in hell for what he has done and this is why he hides behind his fake insanity. The major question that is still argued about to this day, regarding Hamlet, is “is hamlet insane?”.
Not only does her fate affect only her, but Haimon, the Queen, Creon and Ismene. In many Greek tragedies, there can be multiple characters who could potentially be the tragic hero. In the play Antigone, Antigone is definitely the tragic hero, although other readers may say Creon is. The component of a tragic hero is vital for a Greek tragedy to be a Greek tragedy, otherwise, the play would be a comedy. However, not matter whether a play is a tragedy or a comedy, fate always prevails in the
Though some may argue that it is the individual actions of Achilles and Oedipus that lead to their demise, it is the role of prophecy in their individual lives as well as in their respective societies, which allows for the tragic fates of such great heroes; and renders the dream of achieving any semblance of arete or human flourishing null in favor of the whims of the gods.
As stated previously, fate is the will of the gods; moreover, for ancient Greeks, the course of human life is determined by the gods. Polyneices, despite his seemingly trivial role, is yet another character in Sophocles’ tragedy Antigone, who is impacted by the notorious Oedipus’ family curse. However, Polyneices “In contrast to his father, [Oedipus,] Polyneices [displayed] an ability to disregard fate in favor of his own will.” After Oedipus absconded the city, his two sons, Polyneices and Eteocles, both agreed to rule Thebes in an alternating sequence; however, when Eteocles’s turn came to step down from the throne, he refused and expelled his brother from Thebes. Infuriated and rancorous, Polyneices swore to avenge Eteocles by leading the Argive army against Thebes, a story known as the Seven. Nevertheless, “when he beheld their smiling, their swagger of golden helms, the frown of his thunder blasted the first man from our walls for God hates utterly the bray of bragging tongues” (parodos, 21-25).