Sophocles Essay Topics

Sophocles’ prolific

Sophocles’ prolific writing has rarely produced a woman of such stern strength of character as “Antigone”. Inversely the comedy of Aristophanes “Lysistrat” was among the first to introduce a strong willed female protagonist, who is not a goddess. The treatment of both great writers differs in the fact that the backdrops and the moods are… View Article

Sophocles’ Oedipus the King and Shakespeare’s Hamlet

It is hard to divorce the subject of the gods in discussing Oedipus’ tragic flaw. In Sophocles’ time, the Greeks’ way of life was determined by the gods. They would not dream of calling practices such as consulting the Oracle or the procession as superstitious. Similarly, it is difficult to discuss Hamlet’s madness without relating… View Article

In Defense of King Oedipus

Brief Summary The story of the Oedipus the King revolves on the tragic fate that Oedipus, the protagonist, has. Oedipus is the son of King Laius of Thebes and Queen Jocasta. The story started when a priest of Apollo prophesized that the king of Thebes, who was King Laius, would be killed by his own… View Article

Antigone Character Analysis: Compassion Of Love For Her Brother

In the stage play Antigone, Antigone’s drive and compassion for the love of her brother lead to the sacrifice of her own well-being and life. She gets through the harsh reality of what is destined for her with her set beliefs for what she is doing. She dies a brave death, knowing that she died… View Article

Oedipus: Aristotelian or Formalist Theory

Teiresias’s speech at the end of scene one of Sophocles’ play Oedipus Rex is fairly short but it is in this encounter between Oedipus and Teiresias where the main conflict of the story begins to unfold. This is a pivotal speech in the play as it helps to develop some of the major themes in… View Article

Is Pride to Blame in the Antigone Tragedy?

The fate of Creon is sealed by his decision to make an example of his niece, and quickly becomes tragic in Antigone. Creon shows us his lack of leadership skills by creating situations in which he loses the respect of his advisors, and the love of his family. The inability to overcome foolish pride is… View Article

5 Points of Oedipus Rex

Five Important Points of “On Misunderstanding the Oedipus Rex” • Oedipus Rex attempt to justify the ways of God to man by: 1. “Proving” that we get what we deserve. An example is how Oedipus treated Creon badly, so the gods punished him. 2. Oedipus Rex is “a tragedy of destiny”, the play “proves that… View Article

Sophocles: Antigone the Famous Play in Ancient Greek

In the famous play Antigone, by the ancient Greek writer Sophocles, many values of the culture in Thebes is portrayed through Antigone’s actions and experiences. In Antigone’s quest to bury her brother, she is alienated from society due to her uncle Creon – who also happens to be the king of Thebes. Creon, who is… View Article

Antigone Right V. Right

A famous German philosopher named Hegel claimed, “At the heart of the Greek tragedy is the spectacle of right vs. right.” The central idea of the tragedies was not about who was right and wrong, because those two would be effortless to separate from each other, but on who was considered the most right, which… View Article

Creon Character Trait

The Greek tragedy Antigone, by Sophocles, introduces characters that can be described as tragic heroes. This tragedy has the character face with a dramatic reconciliation. Creon, one of the main characters in the play, is a major tragic hero because of his personal characteristics and the actions he made. There were three specific characteristics that… View Article

John Q/ Antigone

According to Martin Luther King Jr “ The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. In other words, that you could only judge a person if he/she is good or not at something when they’re in… View Article

King Oedipus Questions

1. Oedipus characterizes himself by in line 7 of scene 1, Oedipus says, “I Oedipus, a name that all men know.”(known afar) This shows he has much pride for himself. He feels he is very important, and that no one is above him. He knows the people need his help, and he feels prideful that… View Article

Hell Hath No Fury Like Medea Scorned

In Euripides’s Medea, revenge can lead to destructive actions. This theme is a central part to the tragedy, mostly because it pops up time and time again. Euripides, through the use of motif, makes Medea’s desire for revenge seem conceivable. Not only has Jason left her by marrying Creon’s daughter, but Creon has exiled her… View Article

Oedipus and the Sphinx

“Know Thyself” is sage advice. “All Things in Moderation” is also a wise saying. King Oedipus, subject of the most tragic story ever written, brought about his own downfall because of his excessive obsession to know himself. And, try as he might, the more he tried to escape his tragic Fate, the closer it got…… View Article

Oedipus: the Fate of Poweruful a King

Imagine being a hero, and your destiny is to kill your father and marry your mother. This is Oedipus’s fate. When he was still a baby, his parents heard of the prophecy they had a shepherd take Oedipus to Kithairon to die. There the shepherd gave the baby to another shepherd from Corinth, where Oedipus… View Article

The Burial at Thebes

What is the main contribution made by the Chorus in The Burial at Thebes? Answer with specific references to the text of the play. In this assignment I aim to show the main contribution made by the Chorus in The Burial at Thebes and in doing so I shall answer with specific references to the… View Article

Political Science

1) Who is Oedipus? Jocasta? Laius? Theseus? Answer: Oedipus is the son of Laius and Jocasta there was prophet that he was going to kill his father and wed his mother. Laius is the king of Thebes and Oedipus’ father who was killed as a fulfillment on an oracle. Theseus is the king of Athens… View Article

The tragedy of Antigone

The tragedy of Antigone is the culmination of Sophocles’ line of troubles for the Oedipan line, beginning with the unmasking of the King’s tragic secret. The last tale of the doomed Theban family, however, was different from the other two stories; here, the main theme was not the unfolding of tragedy as willed by fate,… View Article

Oedipus Rex

“Fear? What should a man fear? It’s all chance, chance rules our lives. Not a man on earth can see a day ahead, groping through the dark. Better to live at random, best we can.” (lines 1068-1072) The themes of fate and light and darkness are prominent in Oedipus Rex, a play written in ancient… View Article

The Consequence of Oedipus’ Pride

Throughout history, all great fallen leaders have shared one common trait: an overinflated ego. Oedipus from Sophocles’ Oedipus the King is no different. From his beginnings as the prince of Corinth, Oedipus had always been held as a man of great status. After cleverly defeating the Sphinx to gain the rule of Thebes, he was… View Article

Sisterly Love

In Bernhard Frank’s literary criticism, “Sophocles’ Antigone”, he presents the reader with elements of questionable motive and incest, not readily seen by most. Frank essentially believes that Antigone’s obvious death wish comes from being the “ill-fated bride” (line 801) not of Haemon, but rather, of her deceased brother, Polyneices. Frank says that, “it is as… View Article

Sophocles’ Antigone: Situational Irony in Scene Three

In an argument between King Creon and his son Haimon, the author reveals that with power, pride and refusal of corrections start to develop. In the Greek play Antigone, Sophocles creates a story about an arrogant, power-hungry king. In doing so, he reveals the consequences of being a dictator, rather than being a noble ruler… View Article

Antigone: an Assessment of Antigone’s and Creon

How was your understanding of cultural and contextual considerations of the work developed through the interactive oral? After taking part in the interactive oral presentation carried out by Sonia’s group, I now believe that I have gained a much greater understanding of the play Antigone. Themes commented on by the presentation were women, religion and… View Article

Oedipus Tyrannus through Freuds eyes

Oedipus Tyrannus is deemed as Sophocles’s magnum opus and is undoubtedly the most famous of all Greek tragedies. Aristotle went to the extent of calling it a perfect play. It was first performed in around 425 b. c. , only just after a plague that had wreaked havoc on Athens, Oedipus Tyrannus was set in… View Article

Oedipus Tyrannus

Oedipus Trynnus was Sophocles masterpiece and it occupies a key place in the Greek’s mythologies and probably the most famous. This Sophocles’s piece of work is also referred to as Oedipus Rex and was performed for the time in C429Bc. It was a play that was set in Thebes, a city that had been rocked… View Article

Character Motivations in Antigone

The main characters in Sophocles’ drama, Antigone, are Antigone herself, the play’s tragic heroine and Antigone’s uncle and King of Thebes, Creon. Both characters are ruled by powerful motivations and beliefs; however, they differ from one character to the next. Antigone’s motivation is love for her family- she puts it above all else. In fact,… View Article

The Role of the Sentry

“Explain how you would perform the role of the sentry, in each of his two appearances, in order to reveal his change of attitude from his intial fear for his own life to his reliefe as he brings a guilty Antigone before creon” The sentry would be acted by a 5ft5 man, he would be… View Article

Dutiful Characters of Ibsen and Sophocles

Nora of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, and Antigone of Antigone (by Sophocles) have all had circumstances pitted against them, yet within these unfavourable circumstances they have duties to perform. Their constraints as women or as people whose destinies are governed by fate have caused them to be without pleasing options in their situations—and through… View Article

Oedipus and Creon: Leaders of Thebes

In the plays Oedipus the King and Antigone Sophocles portrays two characters, Oedipus and Creon, as rulers of Thebes. After the murder of Laius, former King of Thebes, Oedipus became leader when he successfully solved the riddle of the Sphinx. Some time later, Creon became King of Thebes as the result of his nephews deaths…. View Article

Dramatic Techniques in “Oedipus the King”

Sophocles was one of the most celebrated playwrights of his time, writing more than 100 plays to captivate and delight his ancient Greek audiences. Today, although only seven plays remain, his work continues to be enjoyed, evoking a variety of emotions and passions from his meaningful and disturbing tragedies, proving that he revolutionised the face… View Article