Essays Tagged: "greek tragedies"

Creon's Defense to Oedipus's Accusations and Their Relevance to the Ambivalence Nature of the Kingship

The role of the king in the time of Greek tragedies was simultaneously desired and dreaded because of the king's responsibility to the p ...

(5 pages) 58 0 3.4 Oct/1996

Subjects: Art Essays > Drama


Oedipus, though the gods have kept him tragically blind to the truth remains noble of character.In Greek tragedies the gods control human destiny. They are frequently cruel, petty, and unjust. They h ...

(3 pages) 151 0 4.6 Sep/2002

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

The Illusion of Man- Is an essay written to explain how Oedipus contributed to his own fate with his ignorance and character flaws.

The Illusion of ManMany Greek tragedies depict man as being foolish and refusing to face the truth head on. Instead, he crea ...

(4 pages) 105 2 2.4 Oct/2002

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

"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.

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 structu ... 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 storyline, so the authors had to incorpora ...

(4 pages) 99 1 4.8 Nov/2003

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > World Literature

Antigone - the role of Death and Love in Antigone

Death and Love in AntigoneDeath and love go hand in hand in Greek tragedies. Antigone loves her brother so much that she risks her life to give him the proper b ... of a blade. She picked up her dagger and plunged it into her grieving heart.When someone dies in a Greek tragedy the one person who loved that other person would do anything to be together, even take ...

(2 pages) 64 0 3.0 Dec/2003

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Comparison of Medea and Clytemnestra, Euripides's Medea and Aeschylus's Agamemnon

Tragic heroes from Greek tragedies almost always share similar characteristics. Medea from Euripides's play Medea and C ... ps the same in the readers. But if the audience would put themselves in the time and culture of the Greeks, was a person not shunned unless revenge was taken for their loved ones. The entire Trojan Wa ...

(5 pages) 111 0 4.2 Mar/2004

Subjects: Humanities Essays

Creon Tragic Hero Essay about "Antigone," by Sophocles. Discusses why Creon IS a tragic hero in the book "Antigone".

Antigone Tragic Hero EssayMost Greek tragedies were based on myths and consisted of a series of dramatic episodes mixed with a chor ...

(4 pages) 85 1 4.0 Mar/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

The Punishment of Wrongdoing in Greek Tragedies, Emphasizing Pentheus, Creon, and Jason

In Greek tragedies wrongdoing was often severely punished, especially if the wrongdoing involved defyin ... he is now betrothed to because of her youth and beauty. She also knows Jason would prefer to have a Greek wife rather than a foreigner like herself. Medea calls on the gods to remember the oath the Ja ...

(3 pages) 27 0 3.0 May/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Womens' roles in Greek tradgedies

Women's roles in Greek tragedies are being selfish and troublesome characters whose only reason in the stories is to ... ery and misfortune and because of their selfishness they bring others down with them. In almost all Greek tragedies men are the protagonists and the women are either the antagonist or the one that cau ... the women are either the antagonist or the one that causes their husband's grief. The main woman in Greek tragedies is Helen of Troy and she is the prime example of women's selfishness. She causes a w ...

(3 pages) 33 1 3.0 Dec/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

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.

The role of fate is often very great in tragedies, especially Greek tragedies. Usually, if one, the protagonist, is adherent to his/her own fate it could determin ... ire piece of literature. In Macbeth, one of Shakespeare's famous tragedies, as well as, Sophocles's Greek tragedy, Oedipus the King, the protagonists react in similar ways to prophesies told to them o ...

(3 pages) 22 0 3.0 Mar/2005

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Elements of Tragedy

Both Prometheus Bound and Oedipus Rex are Greek tragedies. They are very similar, being the same genre, but there are also a few key differenc ...

(2 pages) 21 0 3.0 Jan/2006

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

Definition of tragedy according to Aristotle's "Poetics".

d inevitable defeat." Now-a-days we can never think of a Tragedy without an unhappy ending. But the Greeks did. Philoctetes by Sophocles, for example, has no unhappy ending. There is a similarity betw ... octetes by Sophocles, for example, has no unhappy ending. There is a similarity between the ancient Greek Tragedy and a modern Tragedy. The hero and certain other characters are caught in a difficult ...

(3 pages) 73 0 0.0 Nov/2006

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Language Studies > Writing

Oedipus - A Freud and Aristole View

"Oedipus the King" by Sophocles has been considered one of the greatest Greek tragedies. It is a Greek myth that may have been inspired by real events and people. With that ...

(2 pages) 25 0 2.5 Jun/2007

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


Suffering is one of the most common aspects of Greek tragedy. In Sophocles' Oedipus Trilogy, suffering plays a major role in all three plays and he ... ring is self-imposed.But the suffering of the tragic characters is not done without reason. In many Greek tragedies, as in those by Sophocles, wisdom is achieved through experiences that entail pain a ...

(4 pages) 5 0 0.0 Feb/2002

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

"Oedipus Rex" by Sophocles: Analysis of the work

Oedipus Rex, the Ancient Greek play written by Sophocles in the 5th century B.C., is a typical example of a Greek tragedy. So ... example of a Greek tragedy. Sophocles, the author, was born about 495 B.C. and is one of the three Greek Tragedians; the writers of Greek tragedies. He first achieved recognition at age 28 in Athens. ... nus, and Antigone, along with countless other works, though only seven works survive. The play is a Greek tragedy; a serious drama featuring a noble, dignified main character who strives to achieve so ...

(4 pages) 38 0 3.7 Sep/2007

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

A View from the Bridge - Arthur Miller

dge.’ The first, produced in New York in 1955, was a one act play. The play was related to the Greek tragedy. Greek tragedies normally contain conflict between a character and a higher power, for ... lst working at the docks. He decided that it would make a good basis for a play and to base it on a Greek tragedy. After writing the first play Miller decided to extend it into a two act play. He also ...

(4 pages) 13 0 3.0 Dec/2007

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

Manipulation in Medea

Medea's Manipulation Many stories have underlying themes and morals, ancient Greek tragedies are no exception. Throughout Euripides?s play Medea, there is a common theme of mani ... ll anyone of Medea's plans and even feel that her actions may change the way woman are perceived in Greek society. The chorus says, ?Order and the universe are being reversed. 'Tis men whose counsels ... s, Medea convinces the chorus into believing that her actions of revenge would show the entire male Greek society that women are no longer going to subside to ?male rules.? Once Medea encouraged the c ...

(5 pages) 30 0 3.0 Feb/2008

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

Oedipus as an epic poem by ari

s culminating in an unhappy catastrophe, the whole treated with great dignity and seriousness". The Greek tragedies are plays based on myths which were well known and enjoyed by audiences. Most of the ... t amount of dramatic irony.Oedipus the King, written by Sophocles in the 400's BC, is about a young Greek who was fated to murder his father, marry his mother, and while in the process become the king ...

(2 pages) 7 0 0.0 Feb/2008

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

The functions of the chorus in

In many Greek tragedies, the Chorus serves an important role. It is used for many things, such as clarifying ... horus serves these functions, as well as to give the reader insight into the beliefs of the ancient Greeks. The functions of the Chorus are not just for dramatic purposes. The Chorus was first ... of Laius (the former king of Thebes) was found. Here, the Chorus is giving the reader insight into Greek culture: O Prophecy of Jove, whose words are sweet, With wha ...

(3 pages) 13 0 0.0 Feb/2008

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

Sources of pleasure and disqui

Colonus Hippius (now part of Athens), is thought by many modern scholars to be the greatest of the Greek tragedians. Around 430 BC, Sophocles wrote Oedipus Tyrannus, also known as Oedipus Rex. Oedipu ... 0 BC, Sophocles wrote Oedipus Tyrannus, also known as Oedipus Rex. Oedipus Rex set the standard for Greek tragedy, and is regarded today as a work of genius. The philosopher Aristotle even went as far ...

(4 pages) 1158 0 0.0 Feb/2008

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