Sophocles ' Oedipus The King Essay examples

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Agamemnon and Oedipus may be notable men, but they each share some of the same characteristic flaws that cause turmoil for the people they each rule over. Agamemnon is a Greek leader from Homer’s The Iliad during the Trojan War while Oedipus is the King of Thebes in Sophocles’ Oedipus the King. Both men have very masculine and intimidating personalities, but their imperfections seem to overpower them. Oedipus and Agamemnon have very similar character qualities in that they are quick to make assumptions, retaliate in an exaggerated manner, and act in an arrogant way toward their foes. Assuming comes easily in the lives of Agamemnon and Oedipus. In Book IX of The Iliad, Agamemnon becomes stricken with sadness proclaiming that the gods have deserted him with no chance of taking over Troy and addresses the troops saying, “Clear out with our ships and head for home,” (9.30). His accusations concerning the gods betraying him are wrong and is said out of distress. He is not a very intelligent leader and some of the Greeks feel differently than he does about leaving the war. Fortunate for him, the Greeks stay in Troy and do indeed take down Troy leaving it in ruin. The leader of the Greek warriors also displays his assumptions by saying, “I will do all this if he will give up his grudge. / And he should,” when referring to the prizes that he is offering to Achilles to enter into the war for the Greeks (9.161-162). Though Agamemnon assumes that Achilles will accept these elaborate…

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