Essays Tagged: "Tiresias"

Oedipus Rex by Sophocles , what led to his downfall?

that very soon he will have fallen to the bottom. Oedipus believes threepeople are out to get him: Tiresias, Creon, and Jocasta. Believing he is blessed, Oedipusdoes not listen to the words of those ... Laius' murderer will eventually see the truth.Oedipus delivers a proclamation to pursue the truth. Tiresias, the blind prophet, comes toconvict Oedipus: "I charge you to obey the decree that you your ...

(3 pages) 152 0 4.0 Nov/1996

Subjects: Art Essays > Drama

King Oedipus, not the hero everyone thinks he is.

ren ago. Was it really Sophocles' intention that we regard Oedipus as a 'good' man? Oedipus accuses Tiresias and Creon, two innocent men, of conspiring to dethrone him and take over the country. Would ... dentity', it becomes apparent that the sequence of events are quite coincidental. First, he summons Tiresias to name the killer, who Oedipus does not at the time believe to be himself. Second, a messe ...

(5 pages) 83 0 3.7 Mar/1996

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Classical Studies > Mythology

The Role of Foreshadowing in Oedipus the King

`You are the curse, the corruption of the land!'. With these words, Tiresias, a blind prophet in `Oedipus The King' set the actions in play that would turn king to begg ... suspense that is not possible any other way. Whether it be the witches of MacBeth, the ramblings of Tiresias in Oedipus: The King, and Antigone, or whether it is the unrealized foreshadowing by Figaro ... howcased in `Oedipus the King' was intended as a point of attack, and it was when the blind prophet Tiresias directly blamed King Oedipus for plague sent by Apollo. This form of `foreshadowing' differ ...

(5 pages) 147 0 4.0 Sep/1996

Subjects: Art Essays > Drama

Oedipus the king, all about how the events of Oedipus the King prove that God's will overcomes men.

he main character of Oedipus The King. Creon is the brother of Jocasta and next in line to be king. Tiresias is a blind prophet summoned by Oedipus and can also see the future. And additionally there ... that God's will overcomes men."...YOU are the murderer, YOU are the unholy defilement of this land"(Tiresias, 23) explains Tiresias after Oedipus extorts it from Tiresias, not aware or caring about th ...

(4 pages) 174 0 3.4 Nov/2002

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Classical Studies > Mythology

Odysseus' Strengths and Weaknesses

o the advices of different people. He also finally understands theadvice given by the blind prophet Tiresias: "It is the journey, not the destination."At the beginning of the story Odysseus has some w ...

(2 pages) 15884 1 5.0 Jan/2003

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature > Poetry

Oedipus Rex (by Sophocles) analysis essay in the form of an interview (easily edited) includes quotes from the text and line references

t to redeem himself until it's almost too late. Even then he doesn't listen properly to the prophet Tiresias, and destroys his last chance for redemption. As Creon says- " He whom the state appoints m ... l of the gods.Sophocles: Yes, the will of the gods are spoken through prophets and oracles, such as Tiresias, who appears in both Oedipus Rex and Antigone, and warns both Oedipus and Creon of impendin ...

(7 pages) 139 0 4.3 Mar/2003

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Classical Studies > Greek Language & Literature

Greek play, "Oedipus the King" by Sophocles.

i, where he has learned that the plague will be lifted if Thebes banishes the man who killed Laius. Tiresias prophesies the capture of one who is both father and brother to his own children. Oedipus t ...

(3 pages) 126 0 4.1 Apr/2003

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Classical Studies > Greek Language & Literature

Choice of blindness in "Oedipus the King".

here of. Oedipus does not see that he is caught up in a web of cruel destiny that he cannot escape. Tiresias, one of Apollo's prophets who happened to be blind, was the one who was sent to tell Oedipu ... s sent to tell Oedipus his fate. Throughout the play, Oedipus retaliated to the prophecy by telling Tiresias that he couldn't know his fate because he was blind. Also, many scholars joke in the fact t ...

(1 pages) 93 0 3.8 May/2003

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Classical Studies > Greek Language & Literature

Oedipus Rex - From Light to Dark.

verses darkness theme. This theme is best demonstrated through Oedipus' pride, his encounters with Tiresias, and his wife Jocasta.The irony of sight in this play can be marked by Oedipus' inability t ... ce the gods to act against their will- no man has the power."(320) He has called on the blind seer, Tiresias, who can "see" what Oedipus can not though he suffers of old age and physical blindness.Tir ...

(5 pages) 144 0 3.9 Nov/2003

Subjects: Art Essays > Performing Arts

Oedipus the King - Summary and Analysis of first three sections.

s his willful blindness and to a certain extent, justifies his downfall.Section 2Summary"XThe blind Tiresias comes in."XHe doesn't want to say anything."XOedipus's insults Tiresias and accuses him of ... pus's insults Tiresias and accuses him of conspiracy"XProvoked by the anger and insults of Oedipus, Tiresias begins to hint at his knowledge."XHe reveals the truth."XThe king criticizes Tiresias's pow ...

(2 pages) 52 0 3.3 Dec/2003

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Classical Studies > Greek Language & Literature

Oedipus the King- Metaphors

versus BlindnessA reference to this metaphor occurs early in the play, when Oedipus falsely accuses Tiresias and Creon of conspiracy. "So this is what he wants, Creon the loyal, Creon so long my frien ... wants, Creon the loyal, Creon so long my friend! Stealing up to overthrow and snatch!" (page 22)."XTiresias responds by using the same metaphor: "I'm blind you say; you mock at that! I say you see an ...

(1 pages) 86 0 4.5 Dec/2003

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Classical Studies > Greek Language & Literature

Seeing All and Seeing None - an essay on the use of sight and blindness in Sophocles' Oedipus Rex

ee what others don't.Our first encounter with blindness in the play comes when we are introduced to Tiresias, the blind prophet. Although Tiresias does not have the traditional use of sight, he is abl ... s. The people of Thebes turn to Oedipus to solve the murder of their former king. Oedipus sends for Tiresias after being told that he has information regarding Laius' death. After an interrogation, Ti ...

(3 pages) 82 0 5.0 Mar/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Oedipus' dislikeable qualities do not change throughout the books Oedipus Rex and Oedipus at Colonuss

is temper that led him to kill Laius to set off the whole chain reaction that lead to his downfall. Tiresias and Creon bear the wrath of Oedipus' temper once he first hears what Tiresias says. This de ... the wrath of Oedipus' temper once he first hears what Tiresias says. This defilement of the word of Tiresias, who is supposed to know all, shows the lack of respect Oedipus has towards the prophesy an ...

(4 pages) 105 0 3.5 Apr/2004

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Classical Studies > Mythology

Analysis of "Oedipus Rex"

Jocasta order him killed. They too, believe fate can be outwitted. When the plague strikes Thebes, Tiresias the prophet tells the people that the plague will only stop when the murderer of King Laius ... cheers hold Oedipus higher than before, thus ensuring a harder fall from power. However the prophet Tiresias drops hints that Oedipus is indeed the murderer. Tiresias words --"... you are the murderer ...

(3 pages) 48 0 3.7 Apr/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Antigone, Tragedy and Law versus Desire according to Lacant

, I descend alive to the caverns of the dead'.Lord Creon's decision leads to unrest in the city and Tiresias, a blind prophet, predicts the people will rise. Creon ignores and banishes him.Creon then ...

(2 pages) 21 0 0.0 Nov/2004

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy

Compare and contrast the reaction of Oedipus to the oracle and that of Macbeth to the witches prophesies. Consider the role of their wives and the final outcome of each protagonist and his wife.

heir fate. In Sophocles's Oedipus the King, the protagonist Oedipus's reaction to the oracle Tiresias was one of praise at first. Oedipus voices a positive and idealistic vision of the oracle r ... a positive and idealistic vision of the oracle referring him to something celestial (300-319). When Tiresias tells Oedipus of what he had done (the killing of Lauis) his mood turns to one of anger. He ...

(3 pages) 22 0 3.0 Mar/2005

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

What are the main character traits of Oedipus, and show how the traits are used by the god in realizing prophesy

onfident even through the very end of the play where he calls upon his brother Creon and his mother Tiresias. Oedipus threatens to banish them both from Thebes, and goes into the palace to stab out hi ... he killer he doesn't realize that he is in fact the killer. This comes up when he is insistent that Tiresias tells him who the killer is. When he refuses to let it be known he then accuses Tiresias of ...

(3 pages) 34 0 5.0 Oct/2006

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Classical Studies > Greek Language & Literature

Oedipus The King

An Oracle had made a prophecy saying that the plague will be broken when Laius's murderer is found. Tiresias, the blind prophet tells Oedipus that he is the murderer. The Prophet reveals that the murd ...

(3 pages) 30 0 0.0 Oct/2001

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Classical Studies > Greek Language & Literature

Oedipus

rns into the question of who Oedipus' real parents are. Oedipus decides not to heed the warnings of Tiresias, Jocasta and the shepherd due to his arrogant attitude. Can ones own arrogance cause him or ... e to his arrogant attitude. Can ones own arrogance cause him or her pain? Oedipus doesn't listen to Tiresias' warnings because he wants to solve the murder of Laius to further embellish his image, whi ...

(3 pages) 11 0 0.0 Oct/2001

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Compare and contrast of the od

' Oedipus the King and Homer's Odyssey both deal on the topic of truth. In both works the character Tiresias, a blind prophet, participates in the different journeys by revealing various truths to the ... different journeys by revealing various truths to the main characters. While the main importance of Tiresias in The Odyssey is to show that truth can be helpful, his importance in Oedipus the King is ...

(5 pages) 7 0 0.0 Feb/2008

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Classical Studies > Greek Language & Literature