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Ancient Greek Dramas : Oedipus Rex, Antigone, And Medea

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The three Ancient Greek dramas, Oedipus Rex, Antigone, (both written by the playwright Sophocles), and Medea (written by the playwright Euripides) can all be connected by relating them to the three motifs— suffering, revenge and determination. Although the characters go through various forms of suffering throughout the play, they all undergo pain, distress, and hardship: physically, mentally, and emotionally. These feelings could result in a thirst for sweet revenge. They want to take vengeance upon who ever inflicted the pain and heartache upon them. Thus, this strong craving for revenge results in the unwavering determination needed to accomplish their main objective: these three themes are all connected within each of the three dramas: Oedipus Rex, Antigone, and Medea.
Throughout each of the tragic dramas, the characters suffer in some way. Although the characters at some point in their lives were happy, they all endure suffering: “...life is filled with suffering, and that this suffering that we experience is directly caused by our will” (Williams 1). In the play, Oedipus Rex, Oedipus has a pleasant wish, until he causes his own suffering. Before his downfall, he defeated the sphinx by solving her riddle and became the King of Thebes. He was living a happy, full life until he brought suffering and ruin upon himself. Once Oedipus learns the truth about whom his paternal parents are his whole world comes crashing down. He was the cause of the pollution in the city in
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