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Comparison Between Oedipus Rex and Street Car Named Desire

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‘Oedipus Rex’ and ‘Streetcar’ | Similarities | Contrasts | Clever Points | Actions / Events |  Both ‘Oedipus Rex’ and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ have scenes where a character’s past is revealed, whether it is to other characters or to the audience (e.g. Oedipus’ parentage or Blanche’s past). This shows an underlying tone that they cannot fully escape their past, whether it is an eventual surfacing (in A Streetcar Named Desire) or an abrupt revelation (in Oedipus Rex). This is linked to the theme of the inevitability of fate. |  There are hardly any action scenes in ‘Oedipus Rex’, while there are action scenes in ‘Streetcar’ (e.g. the beating of Stella and rape in ‘Streetcar’). This could be due to the fact that…show more content…
Oedipus is only able to truly see the truth when he cannot see light, i.e. he is blind (“O Light, This be the last time I shall gaze on thee, who am revealed to have been born of those of whom I ought not…”). | Themes |  Both Blanche and Oedipus refuse to accept reality (Blanche – her age and the things she did in her past, Oedipus – the fact that he may have killed Laius). |  Blanche is content to remain in her fantasy
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