Tragedy In Sophocles Oedipus The King

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Many best-selling books and Oscar winning movies are dramas. Sophocles, known as one of the greatest tragedians of all time, paved the way for all the future dramatic writers. Being as talented as he was, Sophocles had a very successful and prosperous career. He competed in the prestigious Dionysian Dramatic Festival 30 times, and died with 24 victorious first places under his belt. As a result of, growing up wealthy and being taught by the best professors in Athens, Sophocles’ prolific writings were a tasteful improvement of his predecessor, Aeschylus and a stepping stone for his successor, Euripides.
Sophocles is known to be born in 495 BC in the city of Colonus (Sophocles and Sophocles and His Tragedies). His father was a manufacturer of
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Sophocles was an author, who emphasised in Oedipus the King, that mankind’s deficiencies would result to their demise. In this play, Sophocles writes about how humans react and the multiple emotions they experience in stressful situations. Because of how he depicted mankind and their mannerisms Oedipus the King is one of Sophocles’ well-known works. Although, Sophocles lived a privileged life Oedipus the King was a tragic play, portraying how man’s ignorance and self-pride would only lead to his …show more content…
There were multiple times in the play where the identity of Laius’ murder was obvious, but since neither the Oedipus nor Jocasta would believe such a thing they ignored it. When Jocasta told her prophecy of her son and Oedipus, about his own prophecy, they did not even care to think that the similarities of their fates were non-coincidental (Sophocles 54-57). Also, Tiresias told Oedipus that he was the killer, but he would not hear it. He begged Tiresias to tell him the truth and when he heard the truth, and didn’t like it, he threatened Tiresias and questioned his abilities as an oracle and sanity (Sophocles 24-29). The fact that Sophocles ' and Jocasta were so against the thought of Oedipus being the killer they completely ignored the obvious clues that were given to them, proving that Oedipus was the killer. Another theme in the play was fate is destined. No matter how hard Oedipus, Jocasta, and Laius tried to prevent the prophecy from occurring it still happened. Laius and Jocasta, in fear if the prophecy, gave Oedipus to the shepherd for him to leave on a mountain to die, but it was destined that Oedipus would not die and fulfill his fate. Once finding about the prophecy, Oedipus fled Corinth, in fear that the prophecy would come try. And tried to prevent the prophecy from coming true, but without knowing it, he killed his father and slept with his mother. Even with all of these obstacles placed to

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