Essay on The Fall Of William Shakespeare 's Oedipus The King

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Outline
I. Introduction with thesis
a. The fall of a prideful king to a humbled man
II. Summary of the story including plot and climax
a. Plot – Oedipus discovers that he has fulfilled the prophecy
b. Climax – when he is convinced of his guilt and Jocasta hanged herself
III. Character description including critiques from outside sources
IV. Relationship with other characters in the story
V. Apollos writings and how they relate
VI. Conclusion

Beard 1
Tiffani Beard
N. Risch
English 102
October 4, 2016
The Fall of “Oedipus the King” In Sophocles’ “Oedipus the King” we read of how he accidentally fulfilled a prophecy that he would bring disaster to his city and family by killing his father and marrying his mother. Many consider this story to be a “tragedy of fate, of how human beings are totally preordained” (Nassaar 147). Some believe “what happened to Oedipus happened because it was cruelly fated” (Fosso 26). While “others have argued that Oedipus is responsible for his own downfall” (Nassaar 147). We follow a prideful, heroic king at the beginning of the play to a tyrant in denial and finally see him as a fallen, fearful and humbled man as he meets his tragic fate in the end. Born to King Laius and Queen Jocasta he was left as a child to die on a mountainside. After learning of a prophecy that said he would kill his father and marry his mother, his parents tied his feet together and gave him to a shepherd to leave on the mountainside to die.…

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