Essay about Analysis of Setting and Characters in Sophocles' Oedipus Rex

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Sophocles, a Greek author and philosopher, created a magnificent work of literature, Oedipus Rex. Oedipus Rex describes the legendary tales that King Oedipus of Thebes took in order to confirm that his biological parents were King Polybus of Corinth and his wife Merope. This tragedy of fate explores the depths of modern psychoanalysis as Oedipus unwittingly kills his father and marries his mother in an attempt to avoid the very prophecy he ultimately fulfills. The play was created by Sophocles, an intellectual philosopher that was born in 495 B.C. about a mile northwest of Athens. Sophocles has become one of the most prominent playwrights of the golden age. He was a son of a wealthy merchant, therefore, he enjoyed all the benefits of a …show more content…
Oedipus’ journey demonstrates major life long themes and morals that forever illustrate life’s struggles and splendors. Oedipus Rex contains themes that provide Oedipus and the readers with a true meaning of life and its ever-lasting quest. First, Tiresias holds the key to the link between sight and blindness, for even though he is blind, he can still see and predict the future. At the end of the play, Oedipus blinds himself, because what he has realized leaves him unable to face his family or his parents in the afterlife. Next, you cannot suppress or disregard from your predestined life. In trying to murder her son, Jocasta finds him reborn as her husband. Oedipus running from Corinth, from his parents, Oedipus murders his father on the way. It seems that running away from one’s destiny ultimately ensures that one is only running towards it. Sophocles creates characters in Oedipus Rex that help achieve great tragedy in Oedipus’ life. The three main characters in Oedipus Rex have everything to do with this novel being so infamous and peculiar. The most important character, of course, is King Oedipus of Thebes, he is unaware, at the start of the play, that he has murdered his father and slept with his mother. Oedipus realizes that he is the major influence of why his kingdom is in terrible risk of coming to ruin, by acknowledging this he blinds himself using a brooch. Tiresias, a blind prophet,

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