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The play by Sophocles called Oedipus the King is an interesting one. It brings to the surface of every reader's minds some questions. Some to do with the history of Greek times, as well as some to do with basic Human behavior. Simply talking about them and looking at them deeply can answer some. While others have to be left unanswered and left in the worlds to come.An interesting question that came to my mind while reading this novel was the reality of things such as fate and destiny. I have always knew that those could be a possibility but I had never thought about them very much until after reading this book. The thought of a predetermined future awaiting us all can scare some people as
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"Oedipus rex demonstrates that people ultimately have little control over their own lives" Do you agree?A common debate that still rages today is whether we as a species have free will or if some divine source, some call it fate, controls our destiny. To have control over something is to rule and be able manage it. The same debate applies to Oedipus the King. Oedipus is in control of his actions, but ultimately the gods predetermine his ill fate. Some believe man is free to choose and is ultimately held responsible for his own actions. Both the concept of fate and free will played an integral part in Oedipus' destruction. Although he was a victim of fate, he was not controlled by it
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Comparison Essay The following essay will compare the themes of the Greek tragedy Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles, and the short story "Cathedral", by Raymond Carver. Oedipus Rex, is the story of a family who received a disturbing prophecy about there newborn son, and are forced to give him up. As a result, the child, Oedipus is to be killed, but rather he is given to a king as a gift from one of his shepherds. Oedipus did indeed fulfill the prophecy that stated he would kill his father and sleep with his mother, and his realization of this leads to his tragic downfall. "Cathedral" is about a blind widower who goes to visit an old friend and her husband. At first, the husband is quite
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Oedipus Rex Questions
1. What does the Priest say to Oedipus?
The Priests informs Oedipus that the city has been infected with a disease that is affecting the fruit blossoms, the cattle, and newborn children. He also reminds Oedipus that he has previously saved the city from the Sphinx. He begs Oedipus to save the people of the kingdom once again by using either a “heavenly voice” or another person.
2. What qualities do we immediately see in Oedipus?
One quality that we immediately see in Oedipus is that he is understanding and/or sympathetic. He acknowledges illnesses of the people of his kingdom and expresses his concern. He also exhibits his ability to be proactive by analyzing
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Men of Thebes: look upon Oedipus.This is the king who solved the famous riddleAnd towered up, most powerful of men.No mortal eyes but booked on him with envy,Yet in the end ruin swept over him.The first half of the ending of the Sophocles shows the rising action, climax and the falling action of the tragedy. It implies the definition of tragedy: One of high station due to a flaw (Hamatia) in Oedipus' character meets his demise. When Thebes is terrorized by the monster - Sphinx (a hybrid creature, with the lion's body, woman's head, eagle's wings and serpent's tail), who destroys all who cannot solve her riddle, Oedipus comes and rescues them from the miserable fate. Thebes welcomes her
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Oedipus - Response Paper
It’s no secret that Sophocles’ Oedipus, is a play of complete relevance and complex universal theme. Telling the story of Oedipus and his journey through proclaiming power, being an honest leader, and doomed self discovery. Through reading the play, we reflect on the importance of theater and reminded of its significance to communication. Transitioning the same bases of the story of Oedipus to other adaptations with other perspectives on its telling is a large factor in the realm of communication as well. In the 1957 production by the Stratford Festival Theater, audience members are given a close sense of what the play might’ve been originally presented when it was
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Oedipus Myth Variant
A baby named Oedipus was soon to be born to a prominent couple in the Mediterranean. The husband and wife were the trusted owners of a very successful investment management business. The father of Oedipus, Laius, came from nothing and worked his whole life to accomplish what he has done. Laius wants his son to want for nothing so he will provide him everything. In doing so Laius never taught Oedipus any lessons. Oedipus grew up asking for more and getting exactly what he wanted. He was a charming young man and just assumed that his qualities he exerted on the outside would get him to where his father was. Oedipus always took from his
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OEDIPUS THE KING: REDISCOVERING FAITH 2
OEDIPUS THE KING: REDISCOVERING FAITH 2
Oedipus the King: Rediscovering Faith
Jessica M Routh
Running head: OEDIPUS THE KING: REDISCOVERING FAITH 2
Oedipus the King: Rediscovering Faith
Can a simple play change the religious mind of an entire city? Sophocles attempted to make this very change when he produced Oedipus the King. Oedipus the King is a tragedy set in Ancient Thebes that has many similarities with the Athenian troubles that were plaguing the audience during the Peloponnesian War. The play represented Oedipus’ search for a solution to the plague beleaguering his people which required him to solve the mysterious murder of
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Do you know who Oedipus Rex was? He was Oedipus, King Thebes, supposed son of Plybos and Merope, King and Queen of Corinth. Married to Iokaste, Queen of Thebes she is the wife of the late King Laios. What would Oedipus learn about himself, the gods and truth? What influence would the gods have upon his life? Would his life be like a winding spiral staircase winding around until you reached the top? Would he be able to reach the top and stay there: or would his life spin out of control before his very eyes? Let us explore and see what the story reveals.We find Oedipus as ruler of the Kingdom of Thebes; he seems to be very powerful and respected among his people. But there is curse of plague
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Oedipus Rex is story about a king who fulfils the prophecy of killing his father, Laius, and marries his mother, Jocasta.
First, Oedipus is determined to discover who he is, just like any person other ordinary person would. He is presented with a problem. Exploring the reason behind the problem to sets his mind free and he tries to feels relief. He knows exactly what is causing the problem and having to escape a prediction is only easy in theory. Oedipus cannot accept things as they are and by investigating his past, he is his own worst enemy by destroying his relationships and himself. When he was a young man he heard that his parents
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Oedipus, the king of Thebes, must save his country from a plague. In order to do this, he must find and punish the murderer of the previous King, Laius. However, Oedipus was told his own prophecy, which is that he would kill his father and marry his mother. Several times throughout the play it starts to seem like Oedipus himself may be the murderer. He refuses to see this and keeps pushing for the answer. His mother/wife, Jocasta, also realizes what likely happened and urges Oedipus to stop asking questions. Oedipus refuses to stop, and when they are finally forced to see the truth, Jocasta kills herself, and Oedipus is so horrified that he blinds himself and exiles himself from the country
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The True Tragic HeroIn Sophocles' play Oedipus Rex, every reader is riding a roller coaster of his life. Aristotle's definition of a tragic hero is one person who goes through five stages which in Sophocles' play the main character Oedipus does. The five stages that he goes through are pre-eminence, flaw, fall, gaining of insight, and rise.Pre-eminent is one who surpasses all the others or should be looked up to. Oedipus at the beginning of the play starts of with the priest saying, "O Great Oedipus, O powerful King of Thebes"(1223)! Right from the start he is being praised to as a god would be praised. The priest continues to say, "Therefore, O mighty King, we turn to you: Find us our
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Oedipus The King: Reflective Statement
The Interactive Oral was effectively demonstrated through a game of Jeopardy Feud, elaborating on how the effect of time and place was emphasized in the play Oedipus The King (Sophocles). It’s interesting that the oral explored several ideas, which I knew little of beforehand, deepening my understanding of the Ancient Greek culture and, by extension, the developing plot of the play.
By learning about the Peloponnesian war that took place throughout mainland Greece, I gained a deeper insight into the distraught that Thebes experienced at the start of the work. The conflict resulted in an economic loss
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Socrates proclaims "The unexamined life is not worth living." Many men live their lives for superficial reasons, never bothering to search for self knowledge. Yet life must be closely examined and reflected, known and discovered by every individual. Some argue that life is far better and easier, without this search and revelation of true knowledge. Oedipus was blind to his fulfillment of the prophecy. He was in the dark, not knowing what lay ahead. Seeking knowledge does not come without pain, which few can bear. After a painful and damning search the light was revealed to him. With understanding, he rose above the average man to gain insight and humility. Oedipus Rex and Emily Dickinson?s
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The Odyssey, Oedipus the King and the Human Condition
It's in literature that true life can be found. It's under the mask of fiction that you can tell the truth. Gao Xingjian
World literature has witnessed the tremendous influence of the ancient Greek literature on human condition. The Odyssey, Homer’s immortal epic, and Oedipus the King, Sophocles’ splendid tragedy, are outstanding examples exhibiting the long insights of ancient Greeks about human life and beliefs based on their culture
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In both the Hebrew Bible’s Exodus and Sophocles Oedipus Rex, the authors portray each respective protagonist, Moses and Oedipus, with the strong quality of leadership. Each individual author values leadership differently, which is shown through the character’s willingness to accept their roles, how God(s) role in each character’s moral and situational strife plays out, how others reacted to their decisions and actions, and also how they each exerted confidence as a leader.
Each character, Moses and Oedipus, exerted qualities of leadership. However, they each assumed their role in different ways when they were prompted to become leaders. Moses was called to his task through
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Blindness in Oedipus the King
It is very possible that people can be blind to the truth. For what they have been asking for or wanting to know could be sitting right in front of them, but they can’t see the answer. They were blind to the truth, they couldn’t see it. Similarities have been found between being enlightened and being blind. It is said that a blind person can see invisible things. They can read and see into the future. The blind might not be able to physically see, but they have another kind of sight. In Sophocles' King Oedipus, the blind prophet Teiresias is represented as the truth to Oedipus and his mother. Oedipus was blind from
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John DiFeliceMrs. PattersonCOM 1102January 24, 2014Works CitedFosso, Kurt. "Oedipus crux: reasonable doubt in Oedipus the King." College Literature 39.3 (2012): 26+. Literature Resource Center. Web. 24 Jan. 2014.Green, Janet M. "Review of Oedipus Rex." in the Explicator 52.1 (Fall 1993): 2-3. Rpt. in Drama for Students. Ed. David M. Galens and Lynn M. Spampinato. Vol. 1. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Literature Resource Center. Web. 24 Jan. 2014."Hamlet." Shakespearean Criticism. Ed. Lynn M. Zott. Vol. 71. Detroit: Gale, 2003. Literature Resource Center. Web. 24 Jan. 2014."Hamlet." Shakespearean Criticism. Ed. Michelle Lee. Vol. 82. Detroit: Gale, 2004. Literature Resource Center. Web. 24 Jan. 2014
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Fate vs. Free Will
The past, present, and future play a crucial role in the development of a character. In the tragedy, “Oedipus The King”, fate and free will are powerful keys to Oedipus’s future. Sophocles began in medias res. This focused on Oedipus’s choices as a character rather than the prophecies shown before. Oedipus was a tragic hero who begins with prosperity, however later this prosperity turns into poverty thus leading him to self-recognition. Oedipus the king discovers prophecies which impact his life heavily. However it was the choices he made that determined his future. Free will allowed Oedipus to explore his own choices. Although fate predetermined his future
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The impact of fear
There are many things that many people might be afraid of. Fear can affect a human being in many ways. Laura Wingfield and Oedipus Rex both come from different walks of life, but both experience fear that affects them drastically. In Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex and Tennessee Williams’s The Glass Menagerie, the characters Oedipus Rex and Laura Wingfield experience the effects of fear due to three things: The known, the unknown, and fate.
Firstly, both Laura Wingfield and Oedipus Rex experience the effect of fear via the known or what is made known to them. In Tennessee Williams’s The Glass Menagerie, the character Laura Wingfield has a limp
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Perfect From Beginning to End"Ah God! It was true! All the prophecies! O Light, may I look on you for the last time! I, Oedipus, Oedipus, damned in his birth, in his marriage damned, damned in the blood he shed with his own hand!"(229) The play Oedipus Rex, written by Sophocles, is an ideal example of the perfect tragedy. When this play is placed next to the definition from Aristotle's Poetics, the evidence of this statement is undeniable. Aristotle had many ideas pertaining to what makes the perfect tragedy. Poetics states that a tragedy must be complete, _"the plot ought to be so constructed that, even without the aid of the eye, he who hears the tale told will thrill with horror..."(242
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Silva 1Albert SilvaEnglish 101Joseph Pendleton09/19/2014Such a Tragic HeroAristotle's definintion of a tragic hero truely describes Oedipus. The tragic hero must be of noble stature and have greatness. Though the tragic hero is pre-eminently great, he is not perfect. The hero's downfall is partially his own fault, the result of free choice, not of accidental means. The hero's misfortune is not wholly deserved and the punishment exceeds the crime. The fall is not pure loss. And though it arouses solemn emotion, tragedy does not leave the audience in a state of depression. Using Aristotle's definition of a tragic hero, we will show that Oedipus in Oedipus the King is in fact a tragic hero and
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theory of the Oedipus complex; which suggests that children develop a feeling of attraction towards a parent. The name coming from the Greek myth of Oedipus Rex. This essay explores Freud’s theory of Oedipalisation and the Oedipus complex and whether this theory can be used to explain patriarchy. Patriarchal societies will be explored and whether there is still a need for their relevance today as men are still often regarded as the more powerful gender.
The Oedipus complex is a psychoanalytic theory that was proposed by Sigmund Freud and is derived from the Greek myth of Oedipus Rex. The idea that a child could kill their father and then marry their mother, albeit unknowingly, has created an
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In the works, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula Guinn, Birches by Robert Frost, and Oedipus the King by Sophocles the reader sees the characteristics appearance vs reality and naivety throughout the writing.
Living the utopian life is every humans dream. To live in a world where everything is perfect and there are no worries only “… boys and girls, naked in the bright air, with mud-stained feet and ankles…” However, everything comes with a price; would you still want to leave in your utopian city if it was at the cost of one person suffering everyday of their life. In the shorty story “The Ones Who Walk Away
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The structure of an average American's family tree is pretty simple. A mom and a dad, their parents and parents of their parents, their kids and then spouses of kids and their parents. Nobody was initially related to each other and unless it is a married couple who came from two different families, there are no sexual relationships whatsoever. In the Greek tragedy "Oedipus the King" , Sophocles wrote about the ruler of Thebes who crossed the line of relations and married his mom. That changed his family structure and it made it disgusting not only for readers, but also for his family.Oedipus, the main character who married his mother, killed his father and had his mother's kids wasn't even
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accomplish the same thing just in different ways. Another famous writer and scholar with a similar view of Athenian society, Sophocles, chose to voice his opinion through playwright. Specifically in his two great tragedies Oedipus the King and Antigone. Pericles and Sophocles, although coming from different ends of the spectrum (the aforementioned oratory or rhetoric and the latter fictional), both consider the individual and the state in their works and come to similar conclusions with some exceptions. Pericles expresses his views in his "Funeral Oration", where he boasts of the great qualities of Athens, its citizens and soldiers. Sophocles injects his thoughts and ideas into his two
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, with boys Freud devised the Oedipus complex, this is where the boy develops sexual desire for his mother and fears his farther will castrate him for these desires towards his mother, then the boy tries to be like the farther to overcome castration, finally the boy substitutes desire for his mother and transfers this to other females. Females experience the Electra complex McLeod, S. A. (2007)The next stage is the latency stage and happened around the (6-8) years old. Sexual desires are repressed while the libido is dormant, adjusting to social society away from home learning rules and values, and same sex friendships McLeod, S. A. (2007)The genital stage is the final stage of development, this
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stage might the cause the individual to become
sarcastic or develop habits such as smoking. The second year of life sees the child advance into the
anal stage of personality development. The expressive period is when the child enjoys emptying
their bowels and this later develops into the retentive period when retain their faeces. Fixation at
the expressive period leads to the individual being destructive or cruel and at the retentive period
being categorised as stingy. The phallic stage is seeking pleasure from their own genitals, they notice
the anatomical differences between males and females and associate themselves with the parent of
the opposite gender. The Oedipus complex is where a
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has done through our the whole play. He lets the kingand his mother know that he too knows what went done that dreadful day when his fatherwas killed.In the first act Hamlet specifically shows his disgust and rage for the marriage of his motherto Cladious the king. Hhamlet tells his mother:Tis not above my inky cloak, goodmother, Nor customary suits of solemnblack, Nor windy suspiration of forced brevity. No, nor the fruitful riverin the eye ( Act ISc. II 82)Here Hamlet demonstrates his rage by saying that his mother did not wear black or cry longfor his departed father. Here the reader can see the beginning of the Oedipus comlex.Hamlet hating his new father, yet still loving his mother
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. Additionally, as a result of the rich qualitative data gained from methods of investigation, this can be used to treat people for their specific conditions based on insightful and subjective information e.g. Client-Centred Therapy in the Humanistic approach.
However, the idiographic approach can be seen as restrictive as methods associated with the approach such as case studies, tend to be the least scientific in that conclusions often rely on the subjective interpretations of the researcher therefore meaning they are open to bias. For an example, the Oedipus Complex was largely based and developed from the single case of Little Hans. This consequently means that meaningful generalisations
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unburied. She also said that
if she let her brother, Polyneices, unburied that would be a dishonor to her family and her
mother. Antigone refuses to obey Creon’s edict but everyone else in Thebe is afraid of Creon.
Although Antigone blames Oedipus for her misfortunes, she believes that burying Polyneices is
the right thing to do.
To add on to Antigone’s defiance of Creon’s decree, she does not deny what she has
when she is confronted by him. She tells Creon that she broke his law because Zeus did not
announce those laws to me and she does not think anything which he proclaimed was strong
enough override the gods and their unwritten and unchanging laws. She says that the laws of the
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that prior to my seminar class at SMC. In seminar we talk about topics such as morality, life values, and figuring out where we are in life and why. We got to these topics from the readings such as of Oedipus, The Odyssey and MLK Jr. Through these readings I learned that nothing will ever go as planned, and that even though you try your hardest you cannot change the fate that was given to you.
I’ve learned a lot in my first year at Saint Mary’s and not everything I can include in this paper. I think the most important thing to realize is that I am where I’m meant to be. I was meant to be at Saint Mary’s from the beginning and I can’t imagine being at any other school. This is a drastic change from how I felt at the beginning of the year when I hated being here and I wanted to transfer as soon as possible. But by not giving up and sticking with it I realize that nothing would make me leave.
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reaches the great height or high esteem to the extent of other tragic heroes, such as Oedipus and Macbeth, have reached. Nevertheless, Cyrano still goes through the tragic fall that all tragic heroes must go through, and does so to quite a dramatic extent. However, Cyrano’s tragic flaw is much different from that of other tragic heroes in that it is stretched over a long period of time, as opposed to the rather short downfalls of other tragic heroes. Cyrano’s tragic fall starts from Christian’s death and ends at Cyrano’s own death. When Christian dies, Roxane begins to mourn for him, but in doing so, she is mourning for the Cyrano’s affection for her, which he hid behind Christian’s
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You can take the gorilla out of the jungle, but you can't take the jungle out of the gorilla.
The Balanced Paragraph
One can also develop an entire paragraph by balance. This is particularly useful if you are developing a series of contrasts.
I felt myself in rebellion against the Greek concept of justice. That concept excused Laius of attacking Oedipus, but condemned Oedipus for defending himself. It tolerated a king’s deliberate attempt to kill his baby son by piercing the infant’s feet and abandoning it on a mountain, but later branded the son’s unintentional killing of his father as murder. It held Oedipus responsible for his ignorance, but excused those who contributed to that
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Lifespan Development Quiz #1 Review Questions: Multiple Choice: 1) What Freudian stage does the Oedipus complex come about? Phallic Stage (3-6 years) 2) Which of the theorist did not propose a stage theory? B.F. Skinner 3) fraud’s theory of 3 mind concepts that make up our
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= anal-retentive personality who hates mess = obsessively tidy, punctual and respectful of authority
· ** first conflict with authority can determine the child's future relationship with all forms of authority
3. Phallic stage:
· concentrated in both sexes
· aware of anatomical sex differences
· motion the conflict between Oedipus complex (in boys) and the Electra complex (in girls) : erotic attraction, resentment, rivalry, jealousy and fear
· identification= child adopting the characteristics of the same sex parent
· = hidden
· libido is dormant
· this stage = most sexual impulses are repressed
· Sexual energy can be sublimated towards school work, hobbies, and friendships
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these erotically tinged pleasures are experienced when the sexual organ is manipulated. Thus psychosexual development progressesfrom the oral through the anal to the phallic stage. (Phallic, in psychoanalytic theory, refers to both male and female sexual organs.)During the height of the phallic phase, about ages three to six, these libidinous drives focus on the parent of the opposite sex and lend an erotic cast to the relation between mother and son or between father and daughter, the so-called Oedipus COMPLEX. However, most societies strongly disapprove of these sexual interests of children. A TABOO on incest rules universally. Parents, therefore, influence children to push such
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equal ease in Freudian and Adlerian terms. According to Freud the first man suffered from repression (say, of some component of his Oedipus complex), while the second man had achieved sublimation. According to Adler the first man suffered from feelings of inferiority (producing perhaps the need to prove to himself that he dared to commit some crime), and so did the second man (whose need was to prove to himself that he dared to rescue the child). I could not think of any human behaviour, which could not be interpreted in terms of either theory. It was precisely this fact--that they always fitted, that they were always confirmed--which in the eyes of their admirers constituted the strongest
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letters of the word “adultery” were Dimmesdale’s initials.
Ragussis also argues the oedipal relationship between Hester, Dimmesdale and Chillingworth far more successfully than Joanne Feit Diehl in her psychoanalytic essay, because not only did he compare Dimmesdale to Oedipus because he was in love with the mother figure (Hester), but because Dimmesdale was also a knowing “criminal and a hypocrite” (Ragussis, 325).
Dimmesdale was compared to a child because of his inability to speak using his own voice—either someone must speak for him (Hester), or he would speak for someone else. The only time he breaks this pattern is when confesses at the end, and even then, he does not confess in a
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ENGLISH 2 HONORS: BLINDNESS AND SIGHT
SMALL GROUP READING AND TASKS
Directions: As we have completed “whole class learning” with our reading of Oedipus, we now are ready for
small group learning. Below you have tasks you will complete for this section. Some of the task descriptions
say “submit” or “stamp.” These words signal how you will receive your points. Be sure to get your stamps and
be sure to submit your tasks when directed to do so. You may turn in stamped tasks one day late for
half-credit; however, the tasks you submit must come on time or else you will not get credit.
“View from the Empire State Building”--Helen Keller
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, Sophocles of Colonus (496-406). Sophocles' life covered nearly the whole period of Athens' 'golden age.' He won more than 20 victories at the Dionysian festivals and produced more than 100 plays, only seven of which remain. His drama 'Antigone' is typical of his work: its heroine is a model of womanly self-sacrifice. He is probably better known, though, for 'Oedipus Rex' and its sequel, 'Oedipus at Colonus'.The third of the great tragic writers was Euripides (484-406). He wrote at least 92 plays. Sixty-seven of these are known in the 20th century some just in part or by name only. Only 19 still exist in full. One of these is 'Rhesus', which is believed by some scholars not to have been written
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The short story 'The Yellow Wall-Paper' written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is a cry for freedom. This story is about a woman who fights for her right to express what she feels, and fights for her right to do what she wants to do. The narrator in this short story is a woman whose husband loves her very much, but oppresses her to the point where she cannot take it anymore. This story revolves around the main character, her oppressed life, and her search for freedom.There are many male influences in this woman's life and although they may mean no harm, push her over the edge. The main character's husband, John, and her brother are well-known physicians. They use their power to control the main
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Edgar Allen Poe's Symbolism of Death in 'The Fall of the House of Usher'Death is defined as, 'The termination or extinction of something' (American Heritage Dictionary). Edgar Allen Poe uses this description in 'The Fall of the House of Usher' in different ways. Poe's intention when writing 'The Fall of the House of Usher' was not to present a moral, lesson, or truth to the reader; he was simply trying to bring forth a sense of terror to the reader. Poe's mind works this way, and critics believe this statement, especially when related to this story.Edgar Allen Poe was born in Boston on January 19, 1809. His life was filled with tragedies that started when he was ten months old and until he
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When one begins to analyze a military novel it is important to first look at the historical context in which the book was written. On the nights of February 13-14 in 1944 the city of Dresden, Germany was subjected to one of the worst air attacks in the history of man. By the end of the bombing 135,000 to 250,000 people had been killed by the combined forces of the United States and the United Kingdom. Dresden was different then Berlin or many of the other military targets which were attacked during World War II because it was never fortified or used for strategic purposes and, therefore, was not considered a military target. Because of it's apparent safety, thousands of refugees from all
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It can be said that a certain degree of darkness lies within every person, but this darkness will not surface unless given the correct environment. The darkness, however, can emerge and ultimately destroy the person if not checked by reason. If one's inner darkness does surface, the victim then is given the opportunity to reach a point in personal growth, and to gain a sense of self-knowledge from it. That is, when one's darkness appears, one must learn from this experience how he or she can prevent similar results from occurring in the future. It is ultimately through self-knowledge that we gain the power to defeat our inner darkness, and all of its elements. Just as everyone has the
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The Odyssey is an epic about a Greek warrior in the Trojan War whose wanderings around his known world and his perilous encounters are the basis of the story. Odysseus' absence from his home is prolonged by the influences of the women whom he encounters.In this epic, several female characters had a profound effect on the plot. They wielded their influence through typically feminine skills and attributes: seduction, supernatural powers, intelligence, and beauty. Some of the women of The Odyssey influenced the actions of men, playing key roles in the epics, such as Calypso, the Sirens, Helen, or Circe; all of these women were responsible for the actions of the men.In The Odyssey, the females
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Aggressive and PassiveAggressive and Passive are two inverse attitudes to things, events or life. They cause different results. Offred and Ophelia are two women who have contrary destinies because of their different attitudes.Offred is a powerless woman in "the Handmaid's Tale". She's a handmaid of a commander in Gilead. She has no freedom. She belongs to him as a property. Her only duty is to have sex with the commander and give birth to a baby. Ophelia is also a weak woman in "Hamlet" play. She has no power over anybody. But their fates in the end are quite different. Offred succeeds in escaping from the dystopian socityGilead, while Ophelia dies of drown. Because Offred is affressive but
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Even though the books of Black Boy and Grapes of Wrath gave a vivid picture of the past American life to the readers regarding the socio-economic bigotry. Both books are similar in focusing the social and economic discrimination in the family setting. On Grapes of Wrath the California prejudice against the immigrants. Prejudice was a strong word, which leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. It is the prejudice against the migrant workers by the established financially Californians. Steinbeck provides four clear examples of prejudice; the man whose children died of starvation, the fishing story, the California police officer and the history of Californians. The best picture to describe was on
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Leprosy is very dangerous for your personal health. It can make you skin fall off. Leprosy slowly eats away at you body. It is deadly to all genders, all ages, all sizes and all races.Another name for leprosy is Hansen's Disease. Leprosy is caused by the organism mycobacterium leprae. The pathogen that carries it is bacteria. Throughout the years people have suspected that inhaling and touching the bacteria could spread leprosy.Symptoms of leprosy appear three to five years after contact. Symptoms include; redness or white patches of skin, lumps on several parts of the body, and fingers and toes may curl inward. The bacteria of leprosy can sometimes cause blindness. If leprosy is not treated