A Life Of Misery Essay

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Theater is one of the most beautiful and magnificent works of art a person can whiteness. Although theater plays a small role in the society we live in today, it was not so back in the fifth century B.C., when Athens was in its prime, a society ahead of its time. Back then, theater was exceptionally popular, drawing up to 17,000 spectators a showing. Theaters were built all over and were glorious works of art alone. Theater was more then what we would consider going to see a movie or a sporting event; it was both a religious and civic occasion. Greek plays were only shown twice a year at religious festivals. These plays had deep meaning to them and portrayed an important myth or legendary event. One of the greatest and most popular Greek plays written is “Oedipus the King”, written by Sophocles. Although he never won a prize for the play, it has proven to be influential in many ways.Oedipus was born to the king and queen of Thebes, Laius and Jocasta. His parents were contacted by an oracle who told them that their son would kill Laius and marry his mother. Laius tied Oedipus’s feet together and gave it to a servant of the kind, the Sheppard, to kill. The Sheppard took pity on the child and gave him to another Sheppard to bring up on his own. This man gave the child to King Polybus and queen Merope of Corinth. Oedipus knows none of this and he thinks these two are his true parents. When a drunken man told him that they are not his parents, he went to Delphi to seek the truth. Apollo refused to reveal the answer to what he was seeking. However, he did tell him that it was his fate to make love with his own mother and shed his own father’s blood, he fled from Corinth. He ran towards a place where he would never see his parents again, so he couldn’t harm them. In his travels he came across a group of men who brutally forced him off the road. In anger he killed the man who pushed him off the road. When the older man hit him with two prongs, he killed him and the rest. As he came along in his journey he came to Thebes and solved the riddle of the Sphinx. His reward was the crown of Thebes and the hand of the widowed queen, Jocasta, in marriage. Little did he know that in those moments he fulfilled the prophecy, He killed his father King Laius, and married his mother, Queen Jocasta. In the end of this great drama, Oedipus realizes what he has done and he gouges his eyes out and banishes himself from the land as punishment. If I had the position as the judge at Oedipus’s modern day trial and the jury brought back a guilty verdict, my sentence would rule him mentally insane and strip him of all his power and make him nothing more then part of the royal family.He was controlled by fate, and he did everything he could to avoid this fate. Oedipus is the kind of person who puts others before himself, this makes him very admirable. When he went to seek answersAnd so,unknown to mother and father I set out for Delphi,and the god...

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