• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

What qualities and features in your opinion make Oedipus Rex an example of Greek tragedy at its best?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

What qualities and features in your opinion make Oedipus Rex an example of Greek tragedy at its best? Oedipus Rex is a classic example of Greek tragedy mainly because it does exactly what it is meant to do. It follows the correct patterns of a classic Greek tragedy and deals with major issues. In terms of Oedipus being a Greek tragedy at is best is a matter of opinion but if this the case the reason for this would be because of the issues that it deals with. Reversal and recognition are the main areas to look at which make the tragedy so dramatic and thus give the greatest effect as being a classic example of Greek tragedy at its best. The issue s that it concentrates on vary from knowledge to religion, thus it covers a wide spectrum of important key areas in the ancient Greek way of life, and this is what may make it so effective, as classic Greek tragedy at its best. ...read more.

Middle

Says makes a play are present in the Tragedy, but there are other reasons for the success and qualities of this play. The success in a Greek Tragedy must come in the crowds reaction and feeling towards the play. Thus the emotions stressed in the play must be bought out in the crowd whilst they are watching the play. This is where the issues that the play deals with are bought in so as to produce this feeling among the crowd. The important factor in looking at the issues in Oedipus Rex is that they are very relevant issues in accent Greek times and thus they will have a much larger impact on the crowd since they can relate to the issues and how they effect a person. The issues that Oedipus Rex deals with are numerous. Firstly knowledge and ignorance. Oedipus who is meant to be very knowledgeable is also considerably ignorant because of his knowledge. ...read more.

Conclusion

to include the welfare of the people, or the relationship between people and ruler, to try and show a relation in the accent Greece at that time. Sight and blindness is an issue as Oedipus blinds him self to finally see. This is an important message that what you see is not always the truth. Trust another important issue is shown between creon and Oedipus. The trust wavers but as at the beginning the trust that Oedipus had in creon to go to Delphi returns to him at the end when he asks him to look after his children. At the core of every tragedy is pain and suffering and this is what the crowds want to see. Oedipus rex has prime examples of this in the learning of the crime that he has committed, the insestual element, and the blindness and realization of what he has become. Thus Oedipus rex contains all that is need to make a classic example of Greek tragedy. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Classics section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Classics essays

  1. Compare the [causes and reasons of] suffering the protagonists cause to their family and ...

    Vain, vain! I will not tell you." (Sophocles, pg. 13), and he further investigates the details of his life. Because of Oedipus' mistakes and errors, his family as well as the people of Thebes are suffering. Agamemnon's hamartia lead as well as Oedipus' hamartia to suffering.

  2. Is it appropriate to describe Virgil Aeneid book four as a tragedy?

    He understood Aristotle in his suggestion that tragedy consists of two emotions, 'By means of pity and fear effecting a catharsis of such emotions.' Virgil builds for the listener the emotions of Dido, her lament takes precedence through thee final pages of the book and fear for her, her own fear, and great pity is created in the audience.

  1. In your opinion, where did the real power lie within the Spartan Constitution?

    The Monarchic role is played by the two Kings, each a member of the Agiad and Eurypontid dynasties, who were the oldest parts of the Constitution; having existed before the rebellions of the Archaic Period (650 - 450 BC) which produced the Athenian Democracy and the Spartiate Constitution as it is now known.

  2. Was Julius Caesar an effective leader?

    On the other hand, Zwi Yavetz argues; 'he relied so much on his personal charm that he overlooked the need for tact ... Success lay open to a less brilliant and therefore more tolerant man [i.e. Augustus]'8 Yavetz opinion that Augustus was a more brilliant man intimates that Julius was not preeminent.

  1. What Factors Were Particularly Important In Affecting The Layout Of Greek Sanctuaries

    Sanctuaries in small, unimportant city-states would have been unimpressive in comparison to others. The deity worshipped there was likely to have been a local deity, only special to that city-state, whilst the larger and more powerful city-states worshipped many important gods and the sanctuaries were duly larger and more impressive.

  2. Cinderella - play script

    Queen: Lionel. Take this down: (sings) His royal highness, Christopher Rupert, Windamehr Ladameir, Carl Alexander, Francois Reginal, Lanalot Herman... Lionel: (spoken) Herman? Queen: (spoken) Herman. (sings) Gregory James.... is Giving a ball! ----"The Prince is Giving a Ball"--- Lionel The Prince is Giving a Ball!

  1. An examination of why lines 370- 447 form a key passage in Sophocles' Oedipus ...

    Teiresias's behavior also evokes and hurts the King's hubris. His claim that 'commanding arts outstrip all other arts in life' (380) suggests that by putting down the reliability of the 'prophetic arts', Oedipus tries to mend his hurt pride and praise himself, being the wielder of 'the commanding arts.'

  2. Do You Know "Achilles' Heel"?-- Analyzing the Relationship between Greek Myths and English Language

    So I will share some of them with you in view of giving you the background of them. * Oedipus/Electra complex As defined by famous psychologist Sigmund Freud, Oedipus complex is the unconscious desire of a young child for sexual intercourse with the parent of the opposite sex, especially between boys and their mothers.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work