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Compare And Contrast The Tale Of Sohrab And Oedipus

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In a lot of ways, we are all connected. Some connections are with the mind other connection are more spiritual, and lastly some through physical connection. I begin with this depiction of thoughts, because as I’m learning from reading literature that no matter the time period or location, you will find mutual philosophies from multiple cultures. I felt I identified a comparison found in each protagonist from the reading of these two literature pieces “The Tale of Sohrab” from the Shahnameh, written by Hakim Abol Qasem Ferdowsi Tousi and Oedipus Tyrannus written by Sophocles, Ruth Fainlight and Robert J. Littman, both themes consuming a method of psychological manipulation.
In both stories, there are additional parallels for example both stories are a tragedy, where someone related to the protagonists have died, or was killed. Nevertheless, I however am going to talk about a different common observation that I felt was
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A king has a problem with his deceased city, and to fix this problem he has to find the guy that killed the previous king. Sounds all to simple, but the story takes a big twist as the main character Oedipus get introduced to a blind seer who reputation was to always know the truth. Oedipus started to get upset because the seer would not tell him what he felt to be the answer to fixing the plague in his kingdom. So, to get the seer to talk Oedipus said these words. “Know that I think you were part of the plot, and even, I say, that you alone would have done the evil deed with your own hands, if you were not a blind man.” (“Oedipus the King” par.345) In this moment by utilizing psychological manipulation he was able to get the seer to do something he did not want to do. This psychological manipulation played a key point in the story, because shortly after the story had some intriguing dialogue that followed for audience to
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