Eng 107 Essay #4 - Barbour 1 Nicole Barbour Instructor...

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Barbour 1 Nicole Barbour Instructor Zimbleman English 107 18 November 2009 Not Always a Happy Ending Tragic plays have influenced the successfulness of literary dramas within our society. In “Oedipus the King,” by Sophocles, and “Othello the Moor of Venice,” by William Shakespeare, the protagonists are confronted with life changing incidents that both end with tragic outcomes. These two plays can be considered and looked upon as literary tragedies because they equally embody “courageous individuals who confront powerful forces within or outside themselves,” and help to make known “the breadth and depth of the human spirit in the face of failure, defeat, and even death” (Meyer 1099). Love can be acknowledged as being a major theme of these two plays and encompasses every aspect of the character’s lives. However, the marriages and affection between Oedipus and Jocasta as well as Othello and Desdemona ultimately lead to their downfalls and tragic endings. “Oedipus the King” is a play which begins with the audience knowing that Oedipus has killed his father and has unknowingly married and has fathered children with his mother. Throughout the play, Oedipus begins to receive information that pieces together clues to the unraveling of his actual identity. Although the whole play is filled with dramatic scenes, it isn’t until the end that the tragedy is entirely unwound. When Oedipus’s mother and wife Jocasta found out that he was in fact her son, she went into hysterics and killed herself. The leader and messenger found her “hanging by the neck, cradled high in a woven noose, spinning, swinging
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Eng 107 Essay #4 - Barbour 1 Nicole Barbour Instructor...

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