Context Greek Theater Greek theater was very different from what we call theater today.
Sophocles has Oedipus foretelling his own tragedy when speaking to the people of Thebes. The other major ingredient of the tragic equation, the purging emotion, is worked out by Sophocles. The hubris of Oedipus is demolished when he confides in Jocasta concerning the predictions of the seer Tiresias; she tells him the story of the murder of Laius, and as she speaks Oedipus comes to recognize the scene and circumstances of the regicide as being the same as those encountered on the road to Thebes.
The full hypothesis of his doings come to him and he cries out to Jocasta. He then blinds himself, as if to acknowledge the charge of the blind seer Tiresias that he was blind in his pride. Hamlet treats the crime of regicide from a somewhat different point of view, and the young hero becomes a tragic figure less through the sin of pride than through his character flaw.
Hamlet is guilty because he failed to right this wrong, and the tragic flaw that emerges in his character is that of indecision. As long as Claudius reigns, however, he has failed in his duty.
The common theme of "Hamlet" and "Oedipus the King" is regicide, and self- destruction of the tragic hero is one way of riding the pollution of that crime, as well as the incest which has developed out of it. Both plays share the emphasis on a tragic irony in the chain of events that lead up to ritual of catharsis, but the plot of "Hamlet" makes a much more complicated character than that of the classic Greek tragedy of "Oedipus the King".This paper is the rough draft version.
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Oedipus vs. Hamlet: A Character Comparison After reading Sophocles' Oedipus the King and Shakespeare's Hamlet, it is quiet clear that Oedipus is by far the more admirable character of the two.
Elizabethan tragedy, with illustration principally from Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex and Oedipus at Colonus, and Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and Macbeth. Keywords: Sophocles, Shakespeare, Classical Tradition, Elizabethan Drama SOPHOCLES AND THE CLASSICAL TRADITION Sophocles was the second of the great Greek playwrights.
Oedipus Rex, also known by its Greek title, Oedipus Tyrannus (Ancient Greek: Οἰδίπους Τύραννος IPA: [oidípuːs týranːos]), or Oedipus the King, is an Athenian tragedy by Sophocles . Oedipus The King the criteria for a tragedy.
Even a layman who doesnt have any knowledge of literary devices of a drama would recognize Oedipus the King as a tragedy. - The Tragedies of Hamlet and Oedipus the King Tragedy is a broad genre that may take many forms.
Oedipus solves the riddle and, since the king has recently been murdered, becomes the king and marries the queen. In time, he comes to learn that he is actually a Theban, the king’s son, cast out of Thebes as a baby. Though Shakespeares’ Hamlet and Sophocles’ Oedipus the King were written in two different eras, echoes of the latter can be found in the former. The common theme of Hamlet and Oedipus the King is regicide. Also, like in Oedipus the King, there is a direct relationship between the state. Sophocles' "Oedipus the 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.
Sophocles' Oedipus the King and Shakespeare's Hamlet both contain the basic elements of tragedy, but Hamlet is a tragic hero, while Oedipus is a tragic villain. The famous Athenian tragedy Oedipus the King written by Sophocles and performed in c BCE and the popular Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello written in have very much in common, but at the same time there are a lot of differences between them.