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    The most Realistic of the Oedipus Trilogy: Oedipus at Colonus Although Oedipus at Colonus was the second play in the Oedipus trilogy, Sophocles wrote this play last. Oedipus Rex was written in 430 B.C. eleven years after Antigone, Oedipus at Colonus was written 22 years after Oedipus Rex near the end of Sophocles’ life (Sparknotes). As Sophocles aged his plays became less about stubbornness. Antigone was a tragedy of two unrelenting wills, Oedipus Rex was about a man’s conflict with fate and his own stubbornness, Oedipus at Colonus had very little conflict involving stubbornness. it is difficult to imagine one’s downfall would come from stubbornness in the real world so to stubbornness the downfall of the main character is unrealistic. The chorus, instead of being solely a commentator was also more realistic because they were more like other characters. In Oedipus at Colonus, Sophocles made characters more realistic. In the first and second play the chorus is used as a commentator who does not influence the actions of the play. In the beginning of Oedipus at Colonus the chorus has an actual purpose; they look to find Oedipus and Antigone who are trespassing on holy land. They also contribute to the play by singing to…

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    This paper is based on the book Sophocles, the Three Theban plays: Antigone, Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, translated by Robert Fagles. It will principally focus on the first two plays where two main characters Oedipus and Antigone are put forward. Fate, a very present factor in these plays, has impacted the life of both characters. This analysis will consist in identifying first how fate shapes Oedipus and Antigone’s lives. Also, it will respond to the question on whether fate remove…

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    Oedipus was the mythical Greek king of Thebes. Sophocles an ancient Greek playwright, who was famous for writing Greek tragedies created the character Oedipus. Sophocles created three Theban plays based on the character Oedipus called Antigone, then Oedipus the King, which was then followed by Oedipus at Colonus. Oedipus represents two themes of Greek myth and drama, the nature of humanity and a person's fate in the course of destiny. Antigone was the first of the three Theban plays that…

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    Personalities can be deceiving, even to the point which can lead to death. This can be seen in William Shakespeare's tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Due to Romeo’s impulsive nature, his overdramatic personality, and his emotionally driven nature, he is clearly the one to blame for his and Juliet’s inevitable deaths. Romeo’s impulsive nature is one of the many factors that lead to his and Juliet's impending fate. This persona of Romeo’s can clearly be seen when he and Juliet marry to quickly. These…

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    Jessica Mitford’s “Behind the Formaldehyde Curtain” questions the embalming process, or as said by Mitford “restorative art” (128) that is used to preserve a dead body resulting in disrespect toward the deceased and their family. Throughout the essay she explains in vivid detail the entire process and how a body can be turned into a counterfeit body to make sure it does not start decaying and look perfect for the family. Mitford questions the legality of the embalming process and shows the…

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    masculinity highly plays into this. Like I stated earlier, these men just wanted to show how powerful they were. They didn’t gain anything from this act of hatred. This girl didn’t ask for this to happen, she was forced to cooperate. Toxic masculinity continues to be shown with Stephen Asma’s article “Humiliations and Rage: How Toxic Masculinity Fuels Mass Shooting.” Asma attempts to gain an understanding on why men do the things they do, in otherwards, toxic masculinity. In his article, he…

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    Everyone has a tradition that they follow, but the tradition in “The Lottery” is death. The last thing Mrs.Hutchinson said, was “It isn’t fair, it isn’t right…”, in reference to her being stoned to death. In “The Lottery,” Shirley Jackson uses the black box and stones to symbolize death in order to support a key theme. In the beginning, the stones foreshadow what they may be used for later, like the stones may be used for throwing at someone or something, the stones are death, and they use…

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    deserve. You didn’t even spare any change as I pleaded with you keeping it for your own selfish needs. Your very essence disgusts me and I can’t wait to rid it from the plains of the Earth.” Her face was twisted into an ugly display of malevolence. I didn’t want to die, I really didn’t but I knew I was. I regret my actions, and now I knew that I should treat people with the the generosity I would want them to treat me with. This was a lesson learned too late for me and I wished I had figured…

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    In Sophocles’ Play, Oedipus at Colonus, the character of Oedipus is commonly seen as a tragic hero, abused by the gods but ultimately redeeming himself in death. However, he functions more as a sacrifice, linking the demise of his homeland to the rise of his adopted city. His actions show the concept of fate and its power over all mortal beings. When he arrives in Colonus, Oedipus is greeted by a chorus of citizens who, upon learning his name, berate him for coming to their sacred city and…

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    characters. These themes outline the lives of Oedipus, his children, and Creon over the expanse of three plays. The tragedies that befall the characters are caused either by free will or fate, and these two items are the spark for plenty of controversy over which one has power over the other, and why. It has become apparent that pride affects the amount of free will or fate that one is perceived to have by both themselves and by others, because they are seen by themselves to have great, seeming…

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