X432.docx - Essay 2 Oedipus Rex by Sophocles is centered around a tragic hero Tragic heroes start as loved or respected characters As the story of a

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Essay 2 Oedipus Rex by Sophocles is centered around a tragic hero. Tragic heroes start as loved or respected characters. As the story of a tragic hero continues, the mood shifts away from liking the tragic hero. Oedipus starts his story as a strong and caring leader. As the play continues the truth about his life, the divinity of Greek gods, and his own stubbornness unfold. Trifles by Susan Glaspell seems to depict the anti-tragic hero. The audience likes her more as the play goes on, and not from the start. Minnie’s tragic situation is of her own choice. She could have prevented the situation that lead her to a tragic life, it’s obviously not that simple. It also makes the audience hesitant to feel empathy for her. The play is written around this truth to give Minnie a more tragic story. There is no doubt that Oedipus’ life is tragic. He was destined from the day of his birth to an awful fate. Oedipus the King begins by the people of Thebes coming to their king, Oedipus, to help save them from a plague that is ravaging their home. Oedipus is a king of action who cares for his people. He has already sent his brother-in-law, Creon, to an oracle for guidance. Creon returns to tell Oedipus what he has learned and offers to speak to him in private. As a man of his people, Oedipus tells Creon to tell him in front of everyone what the oracle has told him. Creon tells Oedipus and Thebes that to rid themselves of the plague they need to find the murderer of their previous king, Laius. “By banishing a man, or expiation of blood by blood, since it is murder guilt which holds our city in this destroying storm.” (Sophocles pp. 986) Oedipus is taken aback to find out that there was never justice for the Laius and vows to find the person who killed Laius. Oedipus promises the people of Thebes that the killer will be banished and the plague will end. This shows that Oedipus believes in the gods and trusts their knowledge to act for his people. Oedipus reaches out to a blind profit named Tiresias to find out what he
knows of the murder. Knowing that Oedipus was the killer of Laius, Tiresias tries to avoid answering the question and says “I will not bring this pain upon us both, neither on you nor on myself. Why is it you question me and waste your labour? I will tell you nothing.” (Sophocles pp. 994) But the king is strong willed and does not stop questioning and even threatening

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