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A Comparative Study Of Oedipus And Chinatown

825 words - 4 pages

There are many common ties between the ancient story, Oedipus the King, and
the 1974 film, Chinatown. Many of the similarities between these stories are easily
understood, while some require deeper study. Oedipus, who is the lead character
in Oedipus the King, and Jake Gittes, who is the main character in Chinatown, are both
men who are living in corrupt cities, and are determined to seek out the truth, at any
cost.
As John Fawell states in his article, Cruel Fates: Parallels Between Roman
Polanski's Chinatown and Sophocles's Oedipus Rex, states, "...the most fruitful
analogies to make between these two works are, I think, those between the works' two
heroes." (179) Both Oedipus ...view middle of the document...

In
fact, in both stories not only can the heroes not stop the crime, they
contribute to its' occurrence, help it along. Oedipus is the criminal
himself, and the crime has already been committed ages ago. All Jake
accomplishes, is to lead Noah Cross to his granddaughter so that he
may, presumably, practice rape and incest upon a second generation.
Both stories end with a new, sadly unprotected and tragically tainted
second generation of women heading off to a life of doom.... Both works
end with a corruption that will be perpetuated indefinitely." (Fawell
181-182)
Both Oedipus and Jake Gittes are involved with women who are in or have been
involved in incestuous relationships. One of the most famous lines from Chinatown, is
Evelyn Mulrayes line, “She’s my sister…she’s my daughter; my sister, my daughter.
She’s my sister AND my daughter.” (Chinatown) L.A. Noir states, “The line goes
anything but softly into the night.” (Hauslauden and Starr 57-58) Oedipus himself is
involved in an incestuous relationship. Oedipus states in the book:
“O marriage, marriage! You gave me birth, and then bred up seed from
the one you brought into the world. You made an incestuous breed of
father, brother, son—bride, wife, mother—all the most shameful things
known to man.” (Sophocles 77)
Both stories have the very obvious theme of blindness and sight. The theme is
seen...

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