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Compare and contrast Oedipus Rex and Faustus as tragedies.

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Compare and contrast Oedipus Rex and Faustus as tragedies. The two plays Oedipus Rex and Faustus are both tragic plays. Both of the plays end with the main character losing their life, and actually even their afterlife. But as tragedies the two plays have some similarities and some differences. The characters themselves are different, and they both want different goals out of each their own lives. Oedipus Rex and Faustus are two tragedies that compare and contrast in many ways. The two main characters of the plays Faustus and Oedipus Rex are very different from each other. Faustus, the main character in Faustus, is not trying to save any civilizations like Oedipus is. ...read more.

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His eternity was not lived out in hell, but spent exiled from Thebes. Oedipus did not choose his fate as Faustus did. The characters of the two plays both suffered in the end, but one chose his and one had to live with his prophecy. Smith 2 The plots of the two plays are different from each other also. The plot of Oedipus Rex is for Oedipus to find out why the plague has struck his town, and how to get rid of it. But the plot ends up turning into what was prophesized to his parents a long time ago. Oedipus ends up finding out that he has married his mother and that he has killed his father. ...read more.

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In the beginning of the play he did not believe in life after death, I bet he is hitting himself on the head now. In the end of Oedipus Rex, Oedipus cuts his own eyes out and gets exiled out of Thebes. He spends the rest of his life with out a home. The ultimate tragedy really, he just got stuck in the wrong place at the wrong time. Both of the plays are different from each other, but both end tragically. One of the similarities of the play is seen at the end of Oedipus Rex when the Chargos basically says that even the greatest of men can crumble to ruins; all humans are subject to suffering and pain. This theme is true in both plays. Seen at the end of Faustus, when Faustus was trying to stop the clock. Even the greatest of men can crumble to ruins. ...read more.

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