Oedipus Rex: Movie and Play Comparison Comparison Essay by cutiepie77

Oedipus Rex: Movie and Play Comparison
An analysis of the story of "Oedipus Rex" by discussing Pier Paolo Pasolini's movie "Oedipus the King" and the original Greek play by Sophocles.
# 100784 | 1,167 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Feb 01, 2008 in Literature (Greek and Roman) , Drama and Theater (Greek and Roman) , Film (General)


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Description:

This paper analyzes the story of "Oedipus Rex" by looking at the movie by Pier Paolo Pasolini and the original Greek play by Sophocles. It highlights and explains the reasons for the discrepancies between the movie and the play. The writer discusses irony which is a constant theme that runs throughout both the play and the movie. The writer also looks at the psychoanalytic concept introduced by Freud - the "Oedipus Complex" and its importance in the story. The writer concludes that even though Pasolini adds a epilogue to the end of his version of the story, the audience leaves with the same feeling from both works of art.

From the Paper:

"In Pasolini's 1967 film adaptation of "Oedipus the King", the filmmaker mostly stays faithful to the main plot of the story. The differences in the movie, "Oedipus Rex" and the play "Oedipus the King" mostly have to do with the way the story is presented visually and a few tweaks with theme. Sophocles used far more dialogue in his version of the story. That was an important aspect of the ancient Grecian plays. In the movie, Pasolini is able to use more modern set designs, scenery, and facial expression to tell the storyIn Pasolini's 1967 film adaptation of "Oedipus the King", the filmmaker mostly stays faithful to the main plot of the story. The differences in the movie, "Oedipus Rex" and the play "Oedipus the King" mostly have to do with the way the story is presented visually and a few tweaks with theme. Sophocles used far more dialogue in his version of the story. That was an important aspect of the ancient Grecian plays. In the movie, Pasolini is able to use more modern set designs, scenery, and facial expression to tell the story."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Irony." Wikipedia. 5 June 2007. Wikipedia.org. 5 Jun 2007 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irony>.
  • "Oedipus Complex." Wikipedia. 8 May 2007. Wikipedia.org. 5 Jun 2007<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oedipus_complex>.

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