World Literature Essay

2032 Words Dec 6th, 2006 9 Pages
World Literature Essay

A young boy who tries to survive the Holocaust, a king who sleeps with his mother and kills his father, and a brave man who is unable to reveal his love for a women, these are the stories that three different books tell, written by authors coming from all over Europe. These works of literature namely are "Night", "Oedipus the King" and "Cyrano de Bergerac". All three of these stories appear to be rather dissimilar since they are written and take place during time periods which lie thousands of years apart. "Oedipus the King" is a legendary story which takes place hundreds before the birth of Christ and contrasting to this play are "Cyrano de Bergerac" and "Night" which in comparison to Oedipus are new, since they
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"Thou (Teiresias) in ear, wit, eye, in everything art blind". However, with this he is actually describing himself as Tiresias notices. Then, when there is no other possibility because the evidence is so damning, Oedipus finally admits to himself truth. Nonetheless, the theme of fear continues since Oedipus remains in terror of what other things might be discovered by his sight and because of this he pokes his eyes out since "sight brought no delight".
Edmond Rostand, the author of "Cyrano de Bergerac", has used fear like the two authors of the two other works of literature "Night" and "Oedipus the King" have; nonetheless, he uses the fears of not being loved and of being dejected in his work instead of the fears of deaths and the truth for example. There are two major characters who suffer from fear in Rostand's work and these are Christian and Cyrano. They both fear that Roxane will not love them because they each have a significant handicap, which in Cyrano's case is his ugly appearance with his large nose and Christian knows that he is unable to put his thoughts and feelings into the fitting words, for Roxane "an intellectual" to understand and fancy him. "Christian: `I'm one of those men- So tongue –tied in love I sometimes wish I could die…To a woman like Roxane I'm bound to be a terrible let-down.'" Cyrano does not feel much different about his nose, "What hope can I ever have…I watch young couples pass arm in

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