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Oedipus the King, Cyrano de Bergerac and Night all discuss the themes of fear, love and the limits of the free will, however, the themes are incorporated in a variety of different ways in each of these pieces, creating powerful emotions

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World Literature Essay A young boy who tries to survive the Holocaust, a king who sleeps with his mother and kills his father, and a brave man who is unable to reveal his love for a women, these are the stories that three different books tell, written by authors coming from all over Europe. These works of literature namely are "Night", "Oedipus the King" and "Cyrano de Bergerac". All three of these stories appear to be rather dissimilar since they are written and take place during time periods which lie thousands of years apart. "Oedipus the King" is a legendary story which takes place hundreds before the birth of Christ and contrasting to this play are "Cyrano de Bergerac" and "Night" which in comparison to Oedipus are new, since they have only been published in roughly the last 100 years. Not only are the time periods and the topics of these pieces of literature varied but also the types of the works are different with Oedipus and Cyrano being plays and "Night" being written as a memoir. Nonetheless, these pieces have more similarities than one at first might imagine, due to the fact they deal with identical themes that have moved, inspired and provoked people to think over many millennia. ...read more.


nose and Christian knows that he is unable to put his thoughts and feelings into the fitting words, for Roxane "an intellectual" to understand and fancy him. "Christian: `I'm one of those men- So tongue -tied in love I sometimes wish I could die...To a woman like Roxane I'm bound to be a terrible let-down.'" Cyrano does not feel much different about his nose, "What hope can I ever have...I watch young couples pass arm in arm; and dream of walking soon with one beside me... and then my damned eyes fall on my profile's shadow against the garden wall." However, then when the two meet they find a solution for their problem, which is that they form one "romantic hero" together, who has Christian's appearance and Cyrano's eloquence. Now both are able to express their love towards Roxane, nonetheless, Christian is the one who profits the most from this relationship at first since he is the one who gets to be together with Roxane because she thinks that Christian is the only part of the "romantic hero". However, when Roxane tells Christian: "First loving your beauty...then your body and soul were inseparate...now, I love your inner self above all else", Christian sees that she now actually loves Cyrano and therefore his fears of not being loved return. ...read more.


Roxane even admits to Cyrano that she values inner beauty more than physical beauty and this seems like the moment in which Cyrano is on the verge of winning the "battle of love" against Christian. Nevertheless, when Christian dies, Cyrano does not want to slander his reputation in death, and in order to give Christian one glorious moment before his death he tells Christian that Roxane loves him. This shows what a grand nobleman Cyrano actually is; however, it is still somewhat a mistake since Christian is dead in any case. Nevertheless, Cyrano denies his love until nearly the end of the play. Oedipus is one of the best examples, where there are clear boundaries which prevent you from achieving and doing certain things. The limits and boundaries that are set for Oedipus are due to fate. The more Oedipus and his parents try to escape from their fate the closer they get towards making it become true. When Oedipus fled from Corinth he tried to prevent himself killing his father, however, this actually brings him closer to fore filling the prophecy. ?? ?? ?? ?? World Literature Essay 1 ...read more.

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