Kafka's "The Metamorphosis" and Sophocles' "Oedipus Tyrannus" Comparison Essay by Ace writers

Kafka's "The Metamorphosis" and Sophocles' "Oedipus Tyrannus"
This paper contends that both Franz Kafka's short story, "The Metamorphosis," and Sophocles's drama, "Oedipus Tyrannus", focus on the protagonist as a classical Greek tragic hero, who is a victim of fate, and the absence of freewill.
# 46459 | 1,600 words | 0 sources | 2002 | US
Published on Jan 12, 2004 in English (Comparison) , Literature (Comparative Literature)

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This paper discusses that, although both the protagonists, Sophocles's Oedipus the King and Kafka's Gregor Samsa, are victims of fate and paternal jealousy, both men emerge as preeminent heroes in the world of literature. The author states that Gregor Sarnsa and Oedipus the King are both tragic heroes, victims of their father's fate and of their own, who are not in control of their destinies. The paper demonstrates that both Oedipus the King and Gregor Samsa assume the roles of their fathers, which contribute to their downfall as heroes.

From the Paper:

"Laius tried to kill his infant son by leaving him to die on the side of a mountain; similarly, Gregor's father successfully kills his son by throwing apples at him. Because of the prophesy that his son was going to murder him, Laius acted in self-defense. Oedipus usurps his father's power inadvertently, but he does rise to power and becomes a hero because he killed his father. Gregor rose to power and became the head of his family because his father was disabled. Like Laius, Gregor's father felt that he acted out of self-defense when he killed his son."

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