Comparing Othello And Oedipus The King

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Oedipus the King and Othello are both plays in which are known for their dramatic tragedies. Oedipus the King is an Athenian tragedy by Sophocles that was first performed in 429 BC. The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, which was written in approximately 1603. These two plays do a profound job at making sure the audience understands the background of the main characters, however, there are minor characters who are just as important. Emilia, Othello’s wife, and Jocasta, Oedipus’s mother and wife, both aid in the understanding of the major characters throughout these plays. These two plays showcase the power of love and how destructive it can be.
Sophocles wrote the play, Oedipus the King. Oedipus the King was written around 420 BC, has been noted as the most powerful expression of Greek tragic drama (Hyesso). Oedipus, who was a stranger to Thebes, became king of the city after the murder of the city’s king, Laius, about fifteen or sixteen years before the start of the play. He was offered the throne because he was successful in saving the city from the Sphinx, an event referred to repeatedly in the text of the play. He did so by solving a riddle in which killed the Sphinx. He married Laius’ widow, Jocasta, and had four children with her. When Oedipus was born, there was a prophecy that said Oedipus was destined to kill his father and marry his mother. In order to prevent this, his parents pierced and bind Oedipus’s ankles and abandoned him in the mountain. They believe that Oedipus’s fate was in the God’s hands. When Oedipus grew up, he heard about this prophecy, and decided to flea town in order to avoid the possible outcome. What he did not know was that the parents who raised him, had adopted him. On his way to Thebes, there was an accident and he ended up killing the current king, Laius, who was Oedipus’s biological father. After he did so, and defeated the Sphinx, and married the current queen, Jocasta. Later in the play, Jocasta realizes that the prophecy has come true and she hangs herself with bed sheets from the horror. Once Oedipus understands what has happened, he takes the broaches form her gown and gouges his eyes out. That way he would never have to see his children who were the product of him and his own mother. Jocasta was a huge character, whom, without, Oedipus the King would not have ended the same. Jocasta, in Oedipus the King, plays a minor role, but it is a very important role. She helps the reader understand Oedipus. Without her, Oedipus would have never put together what had happened and realize the prophecy had come true. Jocasta plays the role of the queen of Thebes, married to Laius and Oedipus, as well as a mother to Oedipus, from Laius, and four children from Oedipus. Jocasta doesn't know that the prophecy Laius received came true. She thought that her son was dead, when she abandoned him, and her husband was murdered by a band of thieves. This contradicts the...

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