Myrrha And Cinyras And Oedipus Character Analysis

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Oedipus the King, is an ancient Athenian drama written by Sophocles (ca. 496-406 B.C.E.) In the play, Oedipus, the king of an ancient Greek city Thebes, struggles with his miserable fate, which was prophet by god Apollo that he would kill his father and sleep with his mother. Similarly, in the play Myrrha & Cinyras, by Ovid (43 B.C.E-17 C.E.), the character Myrrha, who is the daughter of king Cinyras also struggles with her wicked love toward her father, which she believes is a “fated event” that caused by the nature desire of human. Regardless Oedipus was unintentionally but Myrrha was intentionally, both of them end up committed their fates. The two characters contrast the two typical choices that human would made when facing their “fate”, …show more content…
In another word, it is their desire that driven the two characters’ actions and committed their fates.
Throughout the play Oedipus the king, Oedipus’ decision making was driven by his emotions: his stubbornness, a form of pride as being a talented riddle-solver drives him into the investigation of king Laios’ death and he eventually discovers that himself is the murderer. During Oedipus truth-seeking process, he is figuratively blind to the clues and he ignored the warnings from other characters, who tried to stop him from discovering the history of himself. Oedipus’s blindness and his ignorance were results of his emotional thinking. Evidences can be found in the following scenes. The first warning is from Tiresias, a prophet who is physically blind but wiser enough to knowledge the truth of Oedipus’ history and his future miserable life. Tiresias warns Oedipus that if he insist on finding out the truth, the consequents of his actions will devastate him and others lives. However, Oedipus does not accept Tiresias’ advice, instead, his accuses Tiresias and Kreon, his brother in law who suggests him
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Throughout the play, Myrrhas’ actions also presents the theme of blindness and ignorance that is driven by self-desire. Likewise, Myrrhas choose to ignore warnings from other characters in the play, who tried to prevent her from making wrong decisions. For example, when it is states in the play that even Cupid, the god of love would judge that her love to his father is “wicked”, which violates the natural. Myrrhas argues that her love toward her father is a common emotion feeling, which she believes is part of mammal nature, therefore, it is a fated event that she is powerless to fight against as a mortal. “Human morality gives us such stifling percepts, and make indecent what Nature freely allows us!” (Line 408-409) Apparently, it is her emotions, her inner desires toward her father sexually and martially drives her desperately to convince others, even herself. Furthermore, later in the play, under the help of the old nurse, who also did try to stop her but failed, Myrrhas eventually committed her desire and sleep with king Cinyrras, her biological father, in the situation which he is drunk and in the dark. Her desires wasn’t satisfied, instead, it gets stronger and drives her to repeatedly sleep with the king until he figured out the shocking skeleton. It is understood that Myrrhas herself should

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