Oedipus the King Jocasta Essay

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    The Role of Jocasta in Oedipus the King "Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him."  (James 1:12)  Such is the proclamation in the Holy Bible, and so was the proclamation in ancient Greece. Since the founding of religion, the gods have sought to test those with power. Jocasta was sent by Apollo to do just that: to test Oedipus' - the king of Thebes - faith and conviction

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    commit suicide? In Sophocles’ play, Oedipus The King¸ Jocasta who is both wife and mother to Oedipus is an excellent example of why one might commit suicide due to two major themes. The first theme is pride and manifests itself in Jocasta’s prideful character. The second theme is prophecy and its relation to suicide is found it Jocasta’s actions after she realizes the truth. Jocasta’s arrogant character and the discovery of the prophecy’s fulfilment are what drive Jocasta to suicide. Jocasta’s egotistical

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    to convey meanings. As seen in Oedipus the King, Jocasta has a few lines

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    dialogue with Oedipus to inquire into his background and ensure that he was indeed not her son. As a result, the scars on Oedipus’s ankles and his limp were sufficient evidence to put the responsibility on Jocasta to further inquire into the matter before marrying Oedipus, and puts the blame on her for the marriage that results. The fact that Oedipus’s appearance resembled that of Jocasta’s first husband, Laius, was another piece of evidence that should have caused Jocasta to identify Oedipus as her son;

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    actions of Jocasta in Sophocles’ play Oedipus Rex, as she should be blamed for the central tragedy of the play. There was plenty of knowledge available to realize that she was marrying her son yet she refused to allow herself to put the pieces together. It might seem logical to blame Oedipus for the tragedy, as he had a major flaw: arrogance; however, it had no bearing in the ultimate tragedy of the play, the act of Oedipus marrying his mother and fathering four children with her. Jocasta, on the other

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    The role of Jocasta in Oedipus the King is crucial. Jocasta sees the reality of the situation before Oedipus and the chorus do. The prophecies made themselves known long ago, and Jocasta believed that they would come true. Jocasta did have faith in the oracles, but only enough faith to suit her own purpose. She worked to suppress much of the faith Oedipus had in them, in the interest of keeping the city, herself, and Oedipus in a powerful yet strong position. Jocasta's role in the story influenced

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    Identity In Oedipus Rex

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    In the tragedy of Oedipus Rex by Sophocles a man realizes the truth of his identity and faces the consequences of a terrible fate. Citizens of Thebes beg King Oedipus for help. King Oedipus has already dealt with the Shinx that would tell riddles that were very confusing and if they got it wrong the Sphinx would eat them. When Oedipus got the riddle right the Sphinx went crazy and jumped off the cliff. Then Oedipus became their King and Oedipus sent Creon to get help from Apolo. Then Creon comes

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    tragedy, Oedipus the King, is not sexist. The prominent play portrays both men and women justly. The events presented by Sophocles exemplifies a level of admiration and respect for women that was not ordinary in ancient Greece. This is predominantly achieved through the dialogue of Jocasta and Oedipus, illustrating a corresponding relationship. In addition, the behavior of Jocasta, analysis of other literature, as well as the bad fortune of the male characters reaffirm that the Oedipus the King is not

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    experiences different. This was seen in the Socrates' Oedipus the King which is about a man, Oedipus, and his journey of realizing his true self. After King Laius of Thebes was murdered, a curse was placed on Thebes. Creon is sent to seek the advice of Apollo, who then states that the only way for the curse to be removed is if the killer of Laius is executed. Tiresias, a blind prophet, tells Oedipus that he is guilty for the murder of Laius. Jocasta tells Oedipus not to believe in the word of the prophets,

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    However, to exclude ‘decisions’ from a play would be an impossibility in itself. Take King Oedipus for example, if Laius and Jocasta ignores the prophecy, they are actually deciding not to take action. I am not implying that here that other mediums can be made possible without the element of ‘decisions’, I simply mean that King Oedipus relies heavily on it to give life to the play. We can see from King Oedipus the decisions the characters make affects how the story progresses. The questions here

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