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

The Fall Of A King Essay

953 words - 4 pages

Tragic heroes are depicted as characters that are brought down to their doom by their own hands, or in other words, their own attributes. Tragic heroes are found in all types of literatures, some examples being Jay Gatsby from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, whose self confidence and ambitiousness brings him to his end. Similarly, Romeo, from Shakespeare’s’ Romeo and Juliet, had a characteristic of fickleness in due course leads to his and his lover’s eventual. One of the earliest known tragic heroes is the Greek king, Oedipus from Oedipus Rex. He has many self traits that bring him to his end. In Sophocles’s revolutionary play Oedipus Rex, the protagonist Oedipus suffers a tragic downfall from glory due to his arrogance, stubbornness, and blindness to the obvious.
Oedipus’s arrogance increases his ego causing a negative outlook on life as he thinks that no one is giving him the credit he deserves. At the beginning of the play, Teiresias, the blind prophet, gets on Oedipus’s bad side because Oedipus denies the possibility his prophecy could be true. Oedipus feels that Teiresias is targeting him by making him responsible of the death of Laius. He attempts to down talk Teiresias’ credibility by bringing up one of his own achievements, which was solving the Sphinx’s riddle. Oedipus’s statement reveals his arrogance when he speaks to Teiresias, “When the hellcat the Sphinx was performing here, / What help were you to these people” (Sophocles, Oedipus Rex.1.1.377-378)? After hearing from Teiresias, Oedipus heads to Jocasta to talk about his prophecy and blames everything completely on Creon by complaining to his wife, “It is Creon’s work, / His treachery, his plotting against me” (Sophocles, Oedipus Rex.1.2.658-659). Oedipus finds no other person to point fingers to than Creon, the most powerful person along Oedipus and Jocasta in Thebes. Oedipus feels that everything is a set up to take him down because, in his mind, he finds himself as everyone’s target. This increase in arrogance just sets up Oedipus for a harder fall to his eventual end.
Stubbornness is a characteristic depicted by Oedipus because he has a lack of listening to others which leads to the making of enemies. Again when Oedipus talks to Teiresias he fails to listen and think things through. “Mock me with that if you like; you will find it true” (Sophocles, Oedipus Rex.1.1.428). Oedipus says this because he feels that Teiresias is saying nothing but nonsense when he talks about Oedipus’s future. In other words he constantly zones him out. This stubbornness and rudeness enables him to miss out on important information. Also, Oedipus angers Teiresias which will be a huge handicap as he will later see no need to aid Oedipus. Oedipus would later in scene two...

Find Another Essay On The Fall of A King

Oedipus The King - Compared To Things Fall Apart

2223 words - 9 pages been able to avoid imitating the trends in English literature." (Culross Online). He "rejecting the European notion that art should be accountable to no one, and [needs] to justify itself to nobody, as he puts it in his book of essays, Morning Yet on Creation Day" (Culross Online).The characters of "Oedipus the King" and " Things Fall Apart", Oedipus and Okonkwo, they were both experienced difficulty when they achieved their goal. That is really a

Oedipus the King and Things Fall Apart - Tragedies as Defined by Aristotle

2216 words - 9 pages Oedipus and Things Fall Aparttragedies as defined by Aristotle Almost 2500 years ago Aristotle defined a tragic plot as one containing six essential elements. The first is a hero (sympatheia) who is noble by birth or has risen to a place of power. The hero should also be of good character. Aristotle stated in The Poetics, “This is the sort of man who is not pre-eminently virtuous and just, and yet it is through no badness or villainy of

"King Oedipus" and "Things Fall Apart": Talks about how these tragidies are similar in structure in how both demonstrate their belief in heroes who posses a tragic flaw

1061 words - 4 pages Many ancient societies have a record of tragic tales that observe problems of human life and the nature of the gods. For instance, both Greek and Nigerian tragic tales of King Oedipus and Things Fall Apart prove to be similar in structure. Both civilizations demonstrate their belief in tragic heroes who posses a tragic flaw as well as a belief in the ultimate powers of their gods. In Greek tragedies, the audience was often familiar with the

The Circumstances of a King

1764 words - 8 pages every time. To a castle in a kingdom I invented within the dream. There I am a king, ruler of the realm. Whatever I want I get, as its my dream. The people there are of my creation too and they remain loyal to me. Now that I think about it... that girl looked roughly familiar... no I must be overthinking it. Dream is destiny... that would be something alright, to be a king! Well anyway... back to the problem at hand. Snapping out of my thoughts I

A Separate Peace The Fall Of Demise

667 words - 3 pages . His athleticism changes, his confidence level drops and a betrayal breaks his heart.Once Gene, just to get rid of his jealousy, shook Finny off the tree due to which he broke his leg thus resulting in something bigger. Before the fall, Finny was one of the best and greatest athletes at Devon but when Gene shook Finny out of a tree and 2 thing got shattered. The bone in his leg and his great dreams of the Olympics. His sports career was doomed

The Rise and Fall of A Celebrity

937 words - 4 pages In Alice Walker’s story Nineteen Fifty-Five there are numerous characters in which the reader encounters however the main two you will see is Gracie Mae Still and Traynor. This story is spoken by Gracie Mae but it depicts Traynor’s life in an indirect way. In looking at the story from a modern view this can be compared to the rise and fall of a celebrity as well as well-known celebrities today and their issues that can described using this story

A Crisis of a Nation, The Fall of Louis XVI

962 words - 4 pages Criticism is not only difficult to receive, but is often unsolicited. Self-criticism can be even more difficult, but it can be highly revealing of one’s own flaws. Governments, especially those controlled by a bureaucratic-authoritarian state, will often view criticism of the state as a direct threat to their rule. In Cuba, as well as much of Latin America, filmmakers such as Tomas Guiterrez Alea found themselves drawn to the problems of

A Summary of Oedipus the King

704 words - 3 pages Oedipus the King, a greek tragedy, is the story of a man's struggle against his fate. The author Sophocles, uses many different themes and contrasts in his writing. The most obvious theme being irony. An oracle was given by the priests of Apollo, that a son of King Laius and Queen Jocasta would murder Laius and marry Jocasta. Oedipus was taken as an infant, left to die, but was rescued by a shepard and his wife

A Critical Analysis of Oedipus the King

882 words - 4 pages Sophocles background influenced him to write the drama Oedipus the king. One important influence on the story was his exposer to tragedy all around him. Jeffrey buller in “Sophocles” told us that Sophocles learned the art form of tragedy from Aeschylus. Sophocles later went to the Great Dionysus a competition for the greatest tragedy and won first place over Aeschylus. Also, Sophocles shows tragedy in the play by telling us about the legend the

Medalling Witches; The Downfall of A King

1252 words - 5 pages the witches are the most influential.Macbeth's meeting with the witches in Act II, Scene II brings a prediction, which symbolizes the beginning of Macbeth's downfall. "All hail Macbeth, hail to thee Thane of Glamis. All hail Macbeth, hail to thee Thane of Cawdor. All hail Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter." Macbeth is startled when he hears this prophecy. He believes that his title is still Thane of Glamis; yet here he has just been told

The Success of Solomon as a King

3242 words - 13 pages The Success of Solomon as a King John Drane came to the conclusion that 'Judged by the standards of world powers, Solomon was outstandingly successful, the greatest of all Israel's rulers. But judged by the moral and spiritual standards of the covenant, he was a miserable failure.' I agree with Drane in this statement because there were indeed many things Solomon did in his reign that were beneficial to the people and

Similar Essays

The Fall Of Camelot: A Consequence Of Its Imperfect King

2188 words - 9 pages reason and judgment (Allen 5). Could many call it a wise decision to turn a young boy who has never been instructed to be a king into one? As Malory’s tale demonstrates, God does not guarantee the longevity of a king’s reign, and it is Arthur’s decisions that will ultimately hold him accountable for Camelot’s fall. Though inevitable, Arthur’s ascension to the throne signals a period of stability and relief for the people of Camelot because their

The Fall Of A Tragic Hero: Oedipus The King

1521 words - 6 pages greatness; has a dramatic downfall secondary to his or her own hubris; recognizes his or her part in the downfall; and prompts fear and pity in the audience through his or her terrible fate (“Aristotle’s ideas About Tragedy”). Sophocles exemplifies Aristotle’s perfect tragic hero in Oedipus the King. The fate of Oedipus is to become a tragic hero. Soon after arriving to the city of Thebes, Oedipus a great thinker, solves the riddle of the Sphinx

The Tragic Fall Of Oedipus In Oedipus The King

817 words - 3 pages Tragic Fall Of Oedipus Rex in Sophocles' Oedipus Rex The tragic fall of Oedipus in Sophocles play “Oedipus Rex” is both self-inflicted and result of events drawn from his own destiny. First off early on in Oedipus’ life his first deadly mistake towards succeeding his self-inflicted downfall was the murder of his father the former king. In a blind rage without any motive, he kills Liaus and his men at a rode crossing. Fate may have had led

The Rise And Fall Of King David The Playground Tyrant

908 words - 4 pages “Move it you fat cow,” demanded the little boy behind me. Most onlookers would have noted that the speaker was not exactly in a position to criticize a classmate’s weight as he was not lean in any way, but no one would dare challenge the class bully. “Just shut up, David!” I exclaimed, raising my voice to the shrill pitch only a nine-year-old girl can achieve, my tightened fists shaking. A barrage of superbly rude words flew out of his