Free Essays on Oedipus Analysis

  1. Comparative Analysis: Oedipus&Okonkwo

    Comparative Analysis: Oedipus & Okonkwo Okonkwo from a strict African culture and Oedipus from a Grecian society in 400 B.C. are oddly not too different from each other. Through Oedipus and Okonkwo’s downfall both represent the qualities of a tragic hero and the show their process of self-actualization...

  2. critical analysis of oedipus

    Critical Analysis of “Oedipus the King” The Truth of Fate Critical Analysis of “Oedipus the King” The journeys we as humans take over our lifetimes are all a matter of choices. As we age, our daily decisions shape the overall outcome of our collective destinies. Gathering our personal...

  3. Oedipus Rex as Aristotalian Tragedy

    One may argue that the Greek playwright, Sophocles modeled his play Oedipus Rex on Aristotle's definition and analysis of tragedy.Since according to Aristotle's definition, "A tragedy is an imitation of action that is serious, complete and of a certain magnitude; in language embellished artistic ornaments...

  4. A Comparative Tragedy Study of Fatalism and Determinism: Oedipus Rex and Thunderstorm

    A Comparative Tragedy Study of Fatalism and Determinism: Oedipus Rex and The Thunderstorm 1. INTRODUTION The Thunderstorm and Oedipus Rex, the representatives of Chinese and Greek play, both tell tragic stories about incest and unexpected destiny. The two masterpieces reveal much about the literature...

  5. Oedipus Rex Criticism

    Garibaldi November 15, 2012 Mr. Stoner English 10 Lit. (H) Oedipus Rex: Analysis of Story and Criticism Throughout the play Oedipus Rex written by Sophocles I, readers notice that identification of characters is crucial. In Oedipus Rex, Oedipus is the King of Thebes when a plague is brought upon his...

  6. Breakfast Club Movie Analysis

     "Movie Analysis" The Breakfast Club Psychology 1010 Abstract The Breakfast Club is a house hold American film which illustrates the lives of 5 teenagers in a unconvincing environment of Saturday morning detention. Although this movie was made in 1985 its plot of a rebellious set...

  7. Analysis of Oedipus Trilogy

    has existed to fell heroes, seal fates and carry out the means of Greco-Roman tragedy than that of irony. Sophocles’s three Theban plays: Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antingone serve as an ideal mediums to illustrate three distinct and prevalent dramatic themes: that of dramatic, situational...

  8. Oedipus the King Character Analysis

    11/25/2010 Oedipus the King Character Analysis Oedipus the King had accomplished many great things during his reign of Thebes and in his life time. Oedipus found out during his reign in Thebes that the Gods who loved him also knew his devastating fate. As a young man when Oedipus answered the riddle...

  9. Oedipus Rex

    Block 1 10-10-14 Oedipus Rex: Writing Plan Universal idea: Escaping one’s fate, while not impossible, may cause more harm in the end. In Sophocles “Oedipus Rex” Oedipus actual parents, Jocasta and Laius, hear an oracle and try to rid themselves...

  10. Oedipus & Medea Tragic Heroes

    Aristotle a century after Sophocles wrote Oedipus The King and around the same time Euripides was writing Medea began to create his own ingredients to what makes a tragic hero. In Aristotle’s Poetics he writes what specifically makes a good tragedy and what must make up tragic hero. Firstly, one must...

  11. Oedipus Essay

    “It is difficult to understand or justify Oedipus' actions, or to admire or sympathise with him. Discuss this statement in the light of the plays characterisation and events” Throughout the play, Oedipus the King , Sophocles takes great care in characterising the protagonist. This is done to create...

  12. Oedipus Tyrannus

    Oedipus Tyrannus" is "basically is a story of a man's discovery through persistent inquiry that he is guilty of unwitting parricide and incest, and his horrified reaction to that discovery. In "Oedipus the King", Oedipus king of Thebes unknownly killed his biological father and married his mother. On...

  13. Which Is More Responsible for Oedipus’ Fate, Oedipus Himself or “Moira” Fate?

    desirable. Sophocles’ Oedipus the King is a play representing a Greek belief determining the fate of men. The Greeks firmly believe that they are bound to any prophecy made by the gods. With this in mind, one would initially agree that “moira” is solely responsible for determining Oedipus’ fate. However, after...

  14. Oedipus Tyrannus: Tragic Play

    who cited the Oedipus Tyrannus as the definitive tragic play. Thus pity must be produced from the play at some point. However, this does not necessarily mean that Oedipus must be pitied. We feel great sympathy ('pathos') for Jocasta's suicide and the fate of Oedipus' daughters. Oedipus could evoke fear...

  15. Oedipus Downfall

    King Lear and Oedipus Rex are both tragedies which involve a tragic ending for both protagonists Lear and Oedipus. Lear dies at the end showing remorse for disowning Cordelia who truly loved him and Oedipus pokes out his eyes after realising what has happened and what he has done. He also leaves Thebes...

  16. Sons and Lovers Summary and Analysis Part One

    Summary and Analysis of Chapters from 1 to 3 Chapter I Summary: "Hell Row" is a collection of cottages where colliers (coal-miners) live. They work nearby in the small gin-pits, as they have for years, and similar cottages dotting the countryside form the village of Bestwood. Roughly sixty years ago...

  17. Oedipus Rex - Tragedy of Fate or Character

    Q1: Would you describe Oedipus Rex as a tragedy of fate or a tragedy of character? Ans: Oedipus Rex, produced by Sophocles in the maturity of his powers, is his masterpiece. Aristotle also regarded this play as Sophocles’ best and he frequently referred to it as the perfect type of faultless-constructed...

  18. Oedipus Rex Trial

    Oedipus Rex Trial Oedipus the king has very complex plot written, this story is like a puzzle to carry out the process of solution. This story is written by Sophocle. There are a lot of famous tragic story that use a similar formula, Oedipus is the same. Oedipus is a good natural person that has...

  19. Literary Analysis of Oedipus

    Oedipus the King is an ancient Greek play has themes that can be closely related to those used today. The idea of the Oedipus complex created by Sigmund Freud stems from this play. Sophocles uses a variety of themes to help teach the people of ancient Greece, some may be intended while others may be...

  20. Oedipus the King and the Oedipus Complex

    Oedipus Complex We all know the story of Oedipus from the Greek myths as they portray him as the one who married his mother. This isn’t just simple incest but a normal stage that exist in humans called the Phallic stage (Coon, 371). Sigmund Freud, a psychoanalyst described that these phallic fixations...

  21. Oedipus the King: a Tragic Drama

    Oedipus The King “Oedipus the King” by Sophocles is a tragic drama. The play tells the story of Oedipus who is fated by the gods, to kill his father and marry his mother. Oedipus unknowingly fulfills this prophesy; blinds himself and is publically humiliated. Greek philosophers Socrates asserts, “The...

  22. Oedipus: His Tragic Flaw

    Analytical Analysis on “Oedipus” And his Tragic Flaw It has been said that all tragic heroes possess tragic flaws. Whether this statement applies to Oedipus of “Oedipus” the King, written by Sophocles, is still a matter of much debate even centuries after its debut. If Oedipus bares a “tragic flaw...

  23. Oedipus Review Analysis

    “The Innocence of Oedipus: The Philosophers on Oedipus the King,” Thomas Gould argues a man’s “free will” and responsibility based upon Aristotle, the Greeks, and Sophocles’ views. Gould believes “free will”, tragic flaw, and fate is interpreted incorrectly in the story of Oedipus; moreover, the play...

  24. Oedipus

    essay, The Interpretation of Dreams, reveals ideas that were the basis of knowledge for society during that time, and are similarly seen in Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex. Freud’s essay touches on psychoneurotic humans and how they are destined to fail from the young stages in life due to the people and environments...

  25. oedipus

    Q1: Would you describe Oedipus Rex as a tragedy of fate or a tragedy of character? Ans: Oedipus Rex, produced by Sophocles in the maturity of his powers, is his masterpiece. Aristotle also regarded this play as Sophocles’ best and he frequently referred to it as the perfect type of faultless-constructed...

  26. My Oedipus Complex Research Paper

    According to Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, the phrase "Oedipus complex" is defined as: "the positive libidinal feelings that a child develops toward the parent of the opposite sex and that when unresolved are conceived as a source of adult personality disorder." The title of this story...

  27. Oedipus Trilogy Analysis

    Novel Analysis of The Oedipus Trilogy Oedipus Rex, or Oedipus Tyrannus as it is in Latin, could be what we call today a Freudian work of literature. The Oedipus Trilogy was originally written by Sophocles and is meant to be told in a story-telling fashion. But this Grecian tragedy was revised and...

  28. Oedipus' Tragic Flaws

    Oedipus’ Tragic Flaws: An Analysis of Oedipus Rex In Sophocles’ play Oedipus Rex, first performed sometime in the 430s B.C.E, the scene opens in front of the palace of Oedipus, King of Thebes. As Oedipus enters, he finds many children and priests praying to the gods. Oedipus questions the oldest...

  29. Pride of Oedipus

    February 23, 2009 Oedipus Pride The tragic story of a man who can’t avoid his pre-destined fate, and that some things just can’t be changed by the people in your life no matter how hard they try. Bold, reckless, and arrogant were words that came to mind when I thought of Oedipus before reading...

  30. Oedipus Rex: a Summary

    Oedipus Rex Oedipus Rex starts out with Oedipus as the quick witted and mighty leader of Thebes. He is not, however, the perfect and almighty ruler that the people suspect him to be in the play. This comes to life as Oedipus converses with Teiresias, Kreon, and Jokaste. Sophocles uses Teiresias...

  31. Oedipus the King

    Oedipus the King Analysis Sophocles is one of the most famous playwrights in Ancient Greek history. One of his plays, The Three Theban Plays, is known as Oedipus the King. In Sophocles’ play the conflict between fate and free will can be analyzed. In Oedipus the King, Oedipus’ fate is to murder his...

  32. Major Themes in Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannus

    Major Themes in Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannus A theme in literature is a unifying or dominant message that may be about life, society, or human nature. Themes often explore timeless and universal ideas and may be implied rather than stated explicitly (Webster’s Dictionary). Sophocles includes several...

  33. An Analysis of Frank O'Connor's

    THE STUNT MAN A. THE TERM “OEDIPUS COMPLEX” The Oedipus Complex which is used in Frank O’Connor’s short story title is a term coined by Sigmund Freud to explain the origin of certain neuroses in childhood. It is defined as a male child's unconscious desire for the exclusive...

  34. Oedipus the King

    Intelligence is what helped Oedipus become the King of Thebes. Had it not been for his intelligence, he would not have figured out the Riddle of the Sphinx, and he would have been just another common man, no different from the next. Although his intelligence is what got him his power, ultimately, it...

  35. How Oedipus Rex Is a Perfect Tragedy in Accordance with the Contentions of the Poetics

    I am going to discuss how Oedipus the King, also known as Oedipus Tyrranus and Oedipus rex, one of the three Theban plays by Sophocles, premiered in 5th century BCE in the Theatre of Dionysus, located in Athens in Greece, is a perfect template for tragedies, as it consists of all the elements that the...

  36. Oedipus the King, by Sophocles

    Alicia Sack Maria Brandon English II 15 June 2009 Research Paper: Oedipus the King, by Sophocles It’s amazing how far a person will go to not believe what is right in front of their own eyes. Whereas, Oedipus knows that he acted alone when he killed a man in similar circumstances, Jocasta...

  37. Oedipus a terrible fate

    In the play Oedipus by Sophocles the main character Oedipus suffers from a terrible fate. The play starts with Oedipus who is doomed to the fate that was foretold by the Oracle at Delphi before his birth. The king and queen of Thebes had an unnamed son. Upon the arrival of their son the king, Laios...

  38. Analysis of Euripides' Medea and Sophocles' Oedipus Rex

    Analysis of Euripides' Medea and Sophocles' Oedipus Rex Greek tragedies are some of the most compelling and interesting works of literature. The plot usually follows a common patten in which a heroic lead meets an unhappy or catastrophic end. This end is usually brought about by some fatal flaw of...

  39. Oedipus: Minority Report

    too large to handle with reason. However, would being aware of the future affect the decisions that lead up to determining one’s destiny? Throughout Oedipus Tyrannus and The Minority Report, this philosophy of fate versus free will, while recognizing the events that influence and form a future, clearly...

  40. King Oedipus and King Lear: Comparisons on Tragic Heroes

    Assignment: A comparison of King Lear and Oedipus as Tragic Heroes Lear and Oedipus share similar roles as tragic heroes although Oedipus is the one who truly fits the definition of a Tragic Hero as expressed by Aristotle, “A man who is a mixture of both good and bad yet portrays a higher moral worth...

  41. Oedipus: Running Away from Destiny

    any man. There is no peasant, or priest, or even a king of Oedipus' stature that can divert from her woven path. Oedipus tries to divert from her path by taking a shortcut from the destination that she has set out for him. Try as he may, Oedipus instead, finds himself walking in a circle that in the end...

  42. Oedipus Does Not Deserve to Suffer

    In the play Oedipus The king, no character suffers more so than Oedipus. But did he deserve to suffer? No. Oedipus was a great king; his people loved and trusted him. Although Oedipus slept and fathered children with his mother, he was completely unaware of their relationship. In fact there is a lot...

  43. Sophocles Oedipus the King

    Sophocles Oedipus the King: Tragedy and Power Sophocles is a writer, of which this one Oedipus the King is a tragedy. From the opening line where Oedipus speaks these words: “Oh my children, the new blood of ancient Thebes,”. . . I got the impression that this was written by a person who has experienced...

  44. Oedipus Rex and Trifles

    "Oedipus Rex" and "Trifles" "Oedipus Rex" and "Trifles" was different mysteries plays. They both have in common a mystery, but they are both very different plays. The first play "Oedipus Rex" was more of a unknown murder who then leads to the hurtful truth. Where on the other hand "Trifles" was...

  45. Oedipus Complex

    Oedipus Complex and the Perfect Trilogy Since Sophocles wrote the “perfect trilogy”, there has been many interpretations of “Oedipus Rex”. However, one of the most interesting interpretations of the play would have to be one that uses the theories of Sigmund Freud to analyze the actions of the characters...

  46. Oedipus Rex

    In Sophocles’ play,” Oedipus the King” there are differing situations relating to the ability to see things literally compared to having vision symbolically. This motif repeats again and again in this story and becomes one of its central themes. When Oedipus begins his life, his parents are told by...

  47. Oedipus’ Unfortunate Tragedies

    Alex Cyriac English II-1 Mrs. Roberts December 10, 2008 Oedipus’ Unfortunate Tragedies In the classic play King Oedipus by Sophocles, Oedipus is the impetuous King of Thebes who tries to escape his fate of killing his father and marrying his mother. According to the ancient Greeks, it is impossible...

  48. Oedipus: A Perfect Tragedy

    magnitude, in the form of action, not narrative, through pity and fear affecting the purgation of these emotions (Aristotle). Aristotle, after the analysis of several successful plays, created his definition of what a tragedy is, and what it requires in order to be successful. His interpretation of a...

  49. Freud's Oedipus Complex

    FREUD’S OEDIPUS COMPLEX and LACAN’S MIRROR STAGE This study attepts to analyse the similarities between Freud’s Oedipus Complex and Lacan’s Mirror Stage. Freud’s theory Oedipus Complex takes its name from the myth of Oedipus, a Greek hero who kills his father without knowing that he is his father...

  50. Freud's Interpretation of Sophicles' Oedipus Tyrannus Is Ridiculous. Discuss

    "Freud's interpretation of Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannus is ridiculous." Discuss This essay will discuss the interpretation of Oedipus Tyrannus by Freud and whether his interpretation holds any weight in using it to aid his own theory, the Oedipus complex, or whether it was a ridiculous reading of the...

  51. Oedipus Rex Analysis

     Oedipus Rex Oedipus Rex is a Greek tragedy written by Sophocles in 429 B.C. Oedipus is the perfect example of a Greek tragedy because it combines all the elements necessary for one. This story is also aligned with much of Greek Mythology as it includes many fictional items such as the Oracle at Delphi...

  52. Oedipus Movie Review

    Oedipus Movie Review” After watching the film on Oedipus I think I was impressed with the film over all. The director did a great job with capturing all the key moments that really stuck out in the story. I think the movie definitely did a great job on showing the townspeople’s reactions to...

  53. Sophocles, Oedipus the King

    Sophocles, Oedipus the King The following analysis will examine Oedipus the King, by Sophocles. The following questions will be addressed: What is the historical context of this period? What are the storylines, as revealed in the document? What does the document reveal about the Greek notion...

  54. Oedipus Rex

    individual suffer such great pain when the consequences are not warranted or deserved? “Oedipus Rex”¹ was written by Sophocles, who is one of the three great writers of ancient Greek tragedies. In this tragedy, Oedipus the king of Thebes, has been running from a prophecy that was brought to light before...

  55. Freudian Analysis of Hamlet

    Houglan Freudian Analysis of Shakespeare’s Hamlet According to Dr. Sigmund Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams, we all have repressed wishes and desires; (Barlow, Durand) one of the most common of these repressed desires is the Oedipus Complex. In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the Oedipus Complex remains...

  56. Oedipus the King: Tragedy and Fate

    Oedipus the King, written by Sophocles, is a tragic story which depicts the life of Oedipus Rex; it was often performed as a play or simply spoken as a narrative. Sophocles takes his audience through a rollercoaster of emotions, by depicting the life of Oedipus Rex, an epic hero whose many tragic flaws’s...

  57. Major Themes in Oedipus Rex

    Analysis of Major Themes in Oedipus Rex  Sophocles is given the credit he deserves for this play which was first performed in 429  B.C. the twist and turns that are presented within the play are intricate and well written.  The  themes that are presented within the play help tell the story of Oedipus and how the tragic events ...

  58. Assesment of Oedipus Rex

    Gordon Wade Oedipus Rex Essay Cassily Oedipus Rex, when literally translated, means King Oedipus. Unfortunately the rise and fall of Oedipus is not one of valor or heroism, but of tragedy and dramatic irony. Like in many Greek plays, Sophocles used the common knowledge of the day so the audience...

  59. Sophocles' Play: Oedipus Rex

    Oedipus Rex is probably the most famous tragedy ever written. The play Oedipus was written by Sophocles. The irony I like in the play Oedipus is when Oedipus intend to insult Teiresias’s blindness in the play. An irony is the general name given to literary techniques that involve surprising, interesting...

  60. Oedipus Rex: Discussion Questions

    Discussion Questions, Oedipus Rex 1. The most widely accepted view of Oedipus is that he is guilty of overweening pride, and hence, he has to suffer. The primary basis for this view comes in lines 963 – 978, which read in the Fagles translation: “Pride breeds the tyrant/violent pride, gorging, crammed...