"Oedipus the King:" Can Humans Control Destiny? Analytical Essay by teeemmmy

"Oedipus the King:" Can Humans Control Destiny?
An analysis of Sophocles' Oedipean trilogy, and how these plays illustrate that humans are powerless to control their destinies.
# 115064 | 1,104 words | 1 source | MLA | 2007 | US

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This paper discusses the three tragedies, "Antigone," "Oedipus Rex," and "Oedipus at Colonus," that Sophocles wrote about the life of Oedipus. The writer explains that these tragedies were written during a transitional period when people were turning towards anthropocentric beliefs and away from belief in the gods. Sophocles attempted to reverse this trend through his trilogy, which demonstrates that humans are only pawns in the hands of the impersonal gods. The writer explains that, although the plays are full of Sophocles' core values, they did not succeed in bringing the Greeks back to their religious roots. Yet, philosophers throughout the ages and to this very day have been inspired by his passionate words.

From the Paper:

"The people would flock to the theatre, a place they gathered not only to be entertained, but to be introduced to new ideas and see new political beliefs emerge and be pondered. Sophocles, however, traverses the proposed initiatives of the popular culture and reawakens the mind of his audience by holding fast to the Tragic Era; through his plays he emphasizes a stark, orthodox contrast to the new Age of Philosophy. Destiny, according to the brilliant philosopher and playwright, and even happiness, is not in the hands of man, but rather in those of the ever powerful gods."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Sophocles. "The Three Theban Plays". Trans. Robert Fagles. New York: Penguin Group, 1984.

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