"Oedipus the King" and "Sakuntala"
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This paper first analyzes Oedipus' character development and the philosophical questions Sophocles raises in his play, "Oedipus the King". The paper then outlines Kalidasa's "Sakuntala", a Sanskrit drama based on an episode from the Mahabharata. The paper highlights the common theme of fate in both plays but notes that the Sanskrit drama is different from "Oedipus the King" because Hindus did not have the tradition of the tragedy.
From the Paper:"It is a characteristic of Greek playwrights to use the self-realization of their characters to emphasize, or enhance, the themes of their tragic plays. In Sophocles' Oedipus the King, he uses Oedipus' character development in tandem with the plot, to bring emphasis to his work. It is as Oedipus gains self-knowledge that he transforms from being prideful and a heroic figure as king in the beginning of the play, to a tyrant leader in the middle, to a scared and condemned man who is left humbled by his tragic fate at the end of the play."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Brian, Paul. Study Guide for Kalidasa: The Recognition of Sakuntala. Retrieved May 29,2008 from the Web site: Kalidasa: The Recognition of Sakuntala. www.wsu.edu.
- Hogan, Patrick Colm. Literary India: Comparative Studies in Aesthetics, Colonialism,and Culture. State University of New York Press. 1995.
- Kalidasa. Sakuntala. Adamant Media Corporatio. November 30, 2005.
- Sophocles. Oedipus the King. Nick Hern Books. September 1, 2001.
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