Literature: Compare and Contrast - Literary Devices

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Literature: Compare and Contrast
Literary Devices
Kathy J. Shannon
University of Phoenix
Mickeal M. Donald, Instructor
September 3, 2010

Compare and Contrast Literature offers a variety of literary works by authors of all ages, writing non-fiction and fictional stories, poetry, and essays. The act of analyzing two different authors by both comparing their work and isolating their contrasting elements, can be difficult, yet rewarding. Oedipus Rex (Sophocles'), written in 429 B.C., offers the author's use of Greek Mythology, oracles, Greek gods, deception, and murder. Throughout the series of events, the reader is given clues to the true identity of the murderer resulting in a traumatic climax. Sophocles' writes with certainty
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Is it just pride that causes the relentless drive to please the people of Thebes for Oedipus? Perplexed at where to begin to find the person or persons responsible for this evil, Oedipus turns to Choragos, leader of the Chorus, for direction. At the suggestion of Choragos, Oedipus sends for the lord clairvoyant, Teiresias, to learn what he knows. Led in by a servant, the blind clairvoyant is belligerent and refuses to tell what he knows, taking it to his grave. Oedipus is furious and demands to know or he will face dire punishment. Against his will, Teiresias reveals that it is Oedipus polluting his country. This exchange is one of Sophocles' use of metaphors. Oedipus accuses Teiresias of having "eyes peeled for his own profit-seer blind in his craft!" ( Teiresias' response is a sardonic reply telling Oedipus that "you with your precious eyes, you're blind to the corruption of your life" ( Accusations surface by the king saying Creon had suggested he seek the wisdom and knowledge of Teiresias and, after these demonic accusations, they must have invented the lies to discredit the king. Oedipus, enraged, charges Creon with envy his position and power. He tells the people Creon, whom he trusted and believed to be his friend, wants to destroy him to take his place as king. In his defense, Creon faces Oedipus, and his absurd finger-pointing, by passionately denying every
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