Curses in Oedipus the King and Shakuntala and the Ring of Recollection
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Ancient myth has always been capable of grasping the attention of literature lovers; two such remarkable creations of ancient myth are none other than Oedipus the King and Shakuntala and the Ring of Recollection. Oedipus the King is a Greek tragic drama by Sophocles and Oedipus the King is known as the perfect hero of tragedy in the sense he has suffered a misfortune of which he has no control. The play demonstrated human suffering and their inability to change the fate. It revolves around the name, fame and fate of Oedipus. Shakuntala and the Ring of Recollection, is a very well-known play in India and written by India’s most famous classical poet, Kalidasa. It is an epic play about ancient Hindu mythology that is told in the Mahabharata. Shakuntala and the Ring of Recollection cover the reality of curse and the worth of love in one’s life. Reviewing both plays and analyzing their major characters, a strong connection between the themes of the plays has been observed. Oedipus and Shakuntala both face curses. Oedipus could not escape from his curse because he has already completed his curse, while Shakuntala’s curse is revised by sage, Durvasa which wound end by the recognition of the ring.
Oedipus the king of Thebes is a victim of fate; he faced the curse of murdering his father and marrying his mother. In his infancy, Oedipus was abounded by his parents because his parents had revealed that Oedipus was prophesized to kill his father and sleep with his mother. As a