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Discuss the themes of identity explored in "King Oedipus" and "Waiting for Godot".

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Victoria Ulett

World Literature Paper 1

Discuss the themes of identity explored in "King Oedipus" and "Waiting for Godot".

Identity is made up of individual characteristics by which a person is recognized individually, as a member of a group, and of a wider society. We can draw this identity from our environment and setting, other individuals, memory, and also by contrast and similarities. Identity is needed to give people the ability to know who they are and to exude their individuality, as a form of existence, upon others. The forms of identity explored in these two plays are; the confirmation of identity and the sense of self. We can then maintain our identity by having physical identification and keeping personal relationships.

The search for identity is a theme in Sophocles' Ancient Greek tragedy, "King Oedipus". Oedipus lacks sense of self because of a curse set upon him from birth. Before he was born, a curse stated that he would fulfill the prophecy of killing his father and marrying his mother. The play focuses on the gradual and delayed revelation of this oracle that he has already fulfilled. Moreover, it specifically

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