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Comparing and Defining Tragic Heroes

This 5 page paper compares three tragedies and their protagonists: Oedipus from Oedipus Rex, Macbeth from Macbeth and Odysseus fro...

Tragic Hero Oedipus in Oedipus the King by Sophocles

evolves to become so much more than he, at first, appeared to be as he came to see the errors of his ways by the end of the play a...

Relationship Between the Plays Oedipus at Colonus and Oedipus the King

kill his father and marry his mother. He left his home so that this would not happen, but he did not know that his father and moth...

Truth and King Oedipus of Thebes

Kings plea for assistance in his crusade, Oedipus demands to know why, and is shocked to hear the words, "You are the murderer, yo...

Oedipus Rex (1957)

as though by filming this story in this manner the producer was trying to invite, so to speak, the audience into a theater, make t...

Tragic Heroes King Oedipus and King Lear

In five pages Aristotle's definition of a tragic hero is applied to these two literary monarchs. One source is cited in the bibli...

William Shakespeare's King Lear and the Fool Character

In five pages this paper examines the dramatic function of the Fool in King Lear by William Shakespeare. There are no other sourc...

Revisionist History, William Shakespeare and the Actual King Macbeth

In five pages this paper examines the dramatic liberties Shakespeare took in his portrayal of King Macbeth in this consideration o...

Heroism and its Characteristics

In 5 pages this paper examines how the characteristics of heroism are defined in such literary works as A Simple Heart by Gustave ...

Society, Man and Destiny

In ten pages this paper evaluates the extent of man's power over his fate within the literary contexts of 'Epic of Gilgamesh,' 'Th...

Classical Literature Compared

as revealed in the literary/mythological writings of ancient Greece. In "The Iliad," for example, when the mighty warrior Achille...

Ancient Greece to the New Testament and Dreams, Oracles, and Prophecy

In eleven pages this paper discusses the concepts of interpreting the future through prophecy, by the prophets, and through dreams...

Literature's 'Three Unities'

A deetailed description of the 'three unities' as they are manifested within William Shakespeare's King Lear and Sophocles' Oedipu...

Arthur Miller, William Shakespeare, Sophocles and Consideration of the Individual and Fate

In 5 pages this paper examines the individual and a fate he cannot control in an analysis of Death of a Salesman, Macbeth, and Oed...

4 Western Literary Works and Free Will

In 6 pages the theme of free will as it appears in Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley, King Lear by William Shakespeare, Docto...

Elements of Tragedy in The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, Hamlet by William Shakespeare, and Oedipus the King by Sophocles

This paper examines 3 tragic elements in an analysis of Amanda Wingfield, Prince Hamlet of Denmark, and King Oedipus of Thebes fea...

Ancient Literature on the Life's Meaning of Moral Order

Sophocles "Oedipus the King" Sophocles establishes a setting in which the twists and turns that ultimately led to the vision of ...

Shakespeare and Sophocles, Tragedy, and Heroism

In 8 pages this paper examines the concept of the tragic hero in a comparison of King Lear by William Shakespeare and Sophocles' O...

Comparative Analysis of Phaedra and Jocasta

a man so much that she would do anything for him-- lie, cry, and eventually die. In many ways, Queen Jocasta submits fully...

Uncertain Visions in Oedipus the King and Othello

In five pages this paper examines a common literary theme as it pertains to Oedipus the King by Sophocles and Othello by William S...

Early Greek Theater and Ritual

In eight pages this paper discusses Greek theater's traditions, rituals, and ceremonies with Oedipus the King among the topics cov...

Mythology and Contemporary Violence

In seven pages this paper discusses past and present myths and violence with examples provided from ancient works The Aeneid, The ...

The Uncommon Man's Tragedy and Aristotle

nations, and they did not attract the attention of the gods. In the past few centuries, on the other hand, we have ample examples...

Sophocles' Oedipus the King versus The Book of Job

In a paper consisting of five pages the Book of Job is compared with Oedipus the King in terms of such issues as free will. There...

Irony in Othello by William Shakespeare and Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

In five pages this research paper examines how irony is used in these tragedies in a comparison and contrast of characters and the...

Tragedy in Oedipus the King by Sophocles

In five pages this essay discusses the tragic elements of Oedipus the King in terms of plot, the Chorus' role, plot elements, and ...

Citizen Example of Oedipus

In five pages this essay discusses the complexities involved with the citizen example served by Oedipus the King in Sophocles' pla...

Oedipus and Medea: Leadership and Kingship

watch these plays we see not only human frailty, but the workings of fate. Consider Oedipus: he killed his father and married his ...

Creon in “Oedipus the King”

"Oedipus the King" (The Classics Pages: Antigone). Before Oedipus came onto the scene it seems that Creon may well have had a ch...

Does Oedipus Receive Justice?

the way; at the same time, the "old man," who was watching carefully, "struck me from his carriage, / full on the head with his tw...