This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Oedipus King Comparison Essay

1114 words - 4 pages

Oedipus the King, also known as Oedipus Rex, was one of the greatest tragedies written by Sophocles in the fifth century. The Theban legend is about King Laius and Queen Jocasta. After their son was born, an oracle came forth and told them that their son was destined to kill his father and marry his mother. The King and Queen then decided that this baby boy should not live any longer. They would abandon this baby on a mountainside with his feet cruelly pierced so that he could not crawl to safety. Laius and Jocasta thought that they were able to overcome their fate. However, a Shepard found the baby on the mountainside and brought him to the King of Corinth, for he and his wife were unable to conceive on their own. As young Oedipus grew up, an oracle came to him and told him his fate, that he would murder his father and marry his mother. He decided to leave Corinth to escape his fate. His journey led him to Thebes, where the king was murdered and the Sphinx had ruled and terrorized the city. The only way the Sphinx would leave was to solve the riddle. Oedipus was able to solve it and save the city of Thebes. The citizens decided to give the thrown to Oedipus and have him marry the Queen, Jocasta. Years passed and the city of Thebes was in trouble once more. Famine, drought, death of the pastures, and infertility had overcome the city; and here is where the play begins.In comparing the play and video of Oedipus the King, they share various similarities. For one, the characters stay consistent throughout the play and the movie, as does the dialogue itself. It is because of this that I feel the themes of fate vs. free will, anger, pride, etc are all still powerful and present within the film. I was pleasantly surprised to find that out as most films based on literature tend to lose some of the themes and motifs within them.However, there are many differences between the two as well. The period of the movie is different then the time frame in the play. The play for instance, seemed as though the time frame of the events was spaced over several weeks. On the other hand, I interpreted the film to have taken place within a few days. In the beginning of the film, the citizens of Thebes are walking slowly and sickly to the front of Oedipus' palace. The attire of the citizens does not coincide with the period of the play. The play was written in the fifth century and the wardrobe of the citizens looks as though it came from all different periods. When Oedipus enters the scene, he is dressed in a modern day white suit with a very long red cape. This style suit obviously would not be worn in the fifth century. Jocasta enters in a red outfit, which symbolizes blood, violence and guilt. Creon appears to be wearing a costume with a military or general style, consisting of medals and honors with high boots and buttons down the middle. This costume would not be worn in this century, as it is more appropriate for a World War II movie. The twelve members of the...

Find Another Essay On Oedipus King Comparison

This essay outlines the similarities in theme, symbolism and writing structure between William Shakespear's "Hamlet" and Sophocles "Oedipus King"

877 words - 4 pages . Sophocles Oedipus King and Shakespeare's Hamlet both contain the basic elements of tragedy, although the Shakespearean tragedy expanded its setting far beyond that of the ancient Greek tragedy.The theme of the tormented king is perhaps the strongest comparison between Hamlet and Oedipus King. In Hamlet, Shakespeare establishes the theme of torment early in the play with the arrival of the ghost of Hamlet's murdered father, the former King of

Tragic Oedipus Essay

1267 words - 6 pages one main aspect of a tragic hero. Oedipus is the king of Thebes, appointed there after solving the riddle of Sphinx, a supernatural creature that once held the city captive. He is born into a family of the highest social rank: King Laius and Queen Jocasta, and is adopted into the family of King Polybus and Queen Merope. In being royalty, Oedipus is an important figure. Without the aspect of an important man that the viewers could recognize

Destiny in Sophocles’ Oedipus the King

1399 words - 6 pages In ancient Greece, the purpose of drama was, according to various philosophers of the time, to present moral messages through the presentation of already well known narratives such as the story of Oedipus. In doing so, the dramas were dramatically ironic, and did, therefore, serve as a type of moral reminder to Dionysian festival attendees. In Sophocles’ Oedipus the King, Sophocles asserts that prophecy is unavoidable because the gods have been

Compare the portrayal of Creon in Oedipus the King and Antigone

628 words - 3 pages background character, i.e. the plot does not revolve around his actions.In this play Creon does not wish to be king either, which in comparison to his character in Antigone is very different. 'Not I, I'm not the man to yearn for kingship.'He is also portrayed as rational, as he tells Oedipus to go to Delphi and ask the Oracle if the prophecy is true.As in Antigone, Creon is seen as proud and arrogant, 'Now all men sing my praises.' He believes he is

Strength of Translations

818 words - 4 pages So far in the tragedy of Oedipus the King, Oedipus has blinded himself following Queen Jocasta’s act of suicide due to his realization the he has committed tremendous actions. The chorus and Oedipus both mention how there is suffering in the world and how Oedipus has suffered greatly. The cause for Oedipus’ suffering was the Greek god, Apollo, as Apollo did create the prophecy. Oedipus states his wrong-doing while the Chorus consoles him. Just

Compare and Contrast of the Od

1187 words - 5 pages pain it can cause. Both these works, when taken in comparison to each other, reveal much about how society tends to deal with the subject of truth. On the one side, represented by The Odyssey, is the idea that truth is beneficial, and can help one on their own personal journeys through life. Sophocles' Oedipus the King represents the other side of truth, the bad and potentially harmful side. This play shows that there are truths that

Compare and contrast of the od

1187 words - 5 pages pain it can cause. Both these works, when taken in comparison to each other, reveal much about how society tends to deal with the subject of truth. On the one side, represented by The Odyssey, is the idea that truth is beneficial, and can help one on their own personal journeys through life. Sophocles' Oedipus the King represents the other side of truth, the bad and potentially harmful side. This play shows that there are truths that

The Concept of Legitimaiton in Oedipus the King by Sophocles and Crito by Plato

994 words - 4 pages access this information. Therefore, when a plague strike the city Oedipus act as traditional leader and sent Creon to Delphi-Apollo the prophet oracle to know what he can do to save the city. The Delphic oracle showed that the problem is because a religious pollution, the murder of the king Laius has been not caught yet. Oedipus believed that god is telling the truth therefore he sent for the blind prophet Tiresias to help him. In comparison

Oedipus the King

1460 words - 6 pages Oedipus the King Oedipus the King is one of the most famous and influential of Sophocles' plays. On the surface of this drama there is, without a doubt, a tone of disillusionment. Dramatic irony is a much-used literary device in this play and its unusual structure serves as an explanation for its enduring popularity. Oedipus is portrayed as a character of social conscience whose tragedy stresses the vulnerability of human beings whose

Hamlet and Oedipus Rex

1243 words - 5 pages ghost of his father appearing before him is fated to him, and so he must follow to learn of what the ghostly figure of his father has to say to him. In comparison Oedipus Rex is fated to kill his father and marry his mother by Apollo. Learning of this flees his foster parents in search of himself and keep his thought to be parents safe, but being fate there is no way to avoid it. Unknowingly Oedipus becomes the weaver of his dreaded fate in

Outcome of Actions in Oedipus the King

1589 words - 6 pages true. Although the piece does not end with the funeral of the main character like in other works of the same genre, Oedipus the King suffers the public disgrace, the loss of his humiliated mother and wife, the right to raise his children and the utter misery of his blinding. From the comparison of the two beliefs, and the order they are presented in Oedipus the King, a general pattern of development can be drown. The idea of predestined

Similar Essays

Oedipus The King Comparison To Hamlet

1913 words - 8 pages Oedipus’ life happens when a plague strikes Thebes. The citizens gather outside his palace asking him to take action (Sophocles 864). At this point, it is evident that he has no control over the plague, and he too is a victim of these circumstances. As it turns out, the plague is a result of past events, which happened long before Oedipus became who he currently is. Furthermore, the plague will not end until the King can find and execute whoever killed

This Is About The Greek Tragidy Oedipus. Includes Quotes. About One Of The Themes From Ingorance To Knowledge

507 words - 2 pages something (P. 3.1022-3).In scene four Oedipus is greeted by a Shepard. This Shepard helped Oedipus by taking him in as his own until he gave Oedipus to king Polybos. Oedipus has a point where he realizes his fate "Ah God! It was true" (P. 4.1122-3). Oedipus makes the comparison that he is truly blind by his pride, and gouges out his eyes.Oedipus goes from ignorance to knowledge of his life. From scene to scene he learns bits of pieces of his life as he is distracted in the process of putting the pieces together. Oedipus is a true Greek Tragedy because Oedipus is of nobility which has a fault which goes through self knowledge in his own part of his fall.

Comparison Of Oedipus And Hamlet Essay

1368 words - 5 pages Comparison of Oedipus and Hamlet Compare and contrast Oedipus and Hamlet. Is Oedipus more a man of action? Or is he more a man driven by whim and sudden, rash decisions? Which character is more selfless? Does Hamlet show any signs of selfish motives in his actions or inactions? Which protagonist seems more learned? wiser? more religious? more loving? more incestuous? Which seems to be a better murder investigator? Does Oedipus have any of

Hope In Oedipus At Colonus Essay

2234 words - 9 pages as no better than one as well. When being led by his older daughter Antigone after 20 years of exile from his homeland Oedipus and Antigone stumble upon the city of Colonus, a beautiful city governed by King Theseus. Oedipus entering the city in old rags, as a blind poor man is a contrast between Oedipus and the beauty of Colonus of which is easily revealed. (145). Here in the cities are where the Furies dwell. Those who commit severe sins, such