DBQ 3 - Oedipus. To contrast, Clytaemnestra does act with a...

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One of the six elements of tragedy that is of most interest and contrast for me is the element of character. Sophocle’s protagonist is true to form as the tragically-flawed protagonist, but his flaws are almost humbling, as he begs Tiresias in line 371. The idea of a king begging is as strange as the idea that a blind prophet could hold a sort of power over him, as seen in lines 420-430. As is a common thread in most tragedies, the protagonist has something dear to lose. Learning the truth of what he’d done, his loving wife and mother killed herself, and Oedipus lost all power and blinded himself, his daughter as his only companion. Interestingly enough, the character of the people of Thebes had great prosperity as a result of the death of the tragic Oedipus. What an excellent observation, Savannah. I absolutely agree with your points, as this was my impression while contrasting the women, as well. In some senses, I felt that Jocasta was a voice of reason for Oedipus, as seen in line 998; she is calm, even when beseeching help even though she is in anguish for
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Unformatted text preview: Oedipus. To contrast, Clytaemnestra does act with a certain coldness that was, sadly, likely a favored depiction of women in power during this time. In a way, I believe men resented a woman with authority, especially when she presumed the authority to operate as powerfully as a man of the time. I certainly agree with your assessment of the functions of the chorus, Alexa. The chorus was initially designed as a tool to narrate not only the actions taking place, but also to tell the audience, in a sense, how to feel about what is taking place. So, with the Leader in Oedipus, we tend to sympathize even more deeply with the fallen hero than if the role of the Leader had been removed. Additionally, we get a sense that Oedipus had initially earned the respect of his people, so with the end of the play, we feel at a great loss in great part due to the Leader....
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This note was uploaded on 09/28/2011 for the course THEATRE THE 3311 taught by Professor Kilgore during the Fall '11 term at University of Central Florida.

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