Greek Tragedy in the Elizabethan Era
An evaluation of the influence of "Oedipus Rex" by Sophocles on the Elizabethan play "Hamlet, The Prince of Denmark" by William Shakespeare.
# 130208 | 2,500 words | 0 sources | MLA | 2006 |
Published on Dec 01, 2006 in Drama and Theater (English) , Literature (Greek and Roman) , Literature (English) , Drama and Theater (Greek and Roman) , Shakespeare (Hamlet)
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The paper explores the reemergence of the Greek tragedy in the Elizabethan era that can be readily seen through the works of William Shakespeare. The paper examines the plays "Hamlet: The Prince of Denmark" and "Oedipus Rex" and provides textual examples of the psychological and political disposition of the heroic character that is doomed to death due to errors in judgment. The paper explains that by understanding the principle aspects of the tragic hero in the work of Sophocles, one can realize why Shakespeare uses many of the literary devices that define tragedy along the Greek model.
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