Comparison Of Oedipus Rex And A Raisin In The Sun

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An Introduction to Oedipus Rex by Sophocles.
Greek and Roman plays, and even Indeed ancient Indian plays (a common Indo-European Tradition), usually had a pivotal character that “held the play together”. Also there would be a Chorus that would come into play when the tragedy would begin unfolding. The Greco-Roman variants were almost always tragedies.
Be it Homer’s Iliad or Odessey. The hero after long travails always seemed to return to nothing and would come to grief. Achilles, Priam, Agamemnon, Oedipus, all came to grief. In the Greco-Roman tradition, it seems to be a common practice by the Bards and playwrights, to depict their heroes as strong and upright men who fell prey to either ...view middle of the document...

Oedipus Rex is an Athenian tragedy that was first performed 429 BCE. I have found pride and integrity in this play. Oedipus the king thought highly about himself and in his pride, thought himself above everyone. And said to the people of the city “You pray to the gods? Let me grant your prayers” (1231 Oedipus Rex).
Oedipus did not see his own life for what it was or the mere mortal that he was. He was vain in that sense, having a lot of pride in who he was and what he had done for the city, after all he was the man who outsmarted the last plague on the city, and saved the city for the citizens. This unfortunately went to his head, and made him arrogant.
Jacota was his wife and mother, her character has also been depicted as unwilling to see the truth. She knew in detail about the happenings on night her husband, King Laius was killed, but made it out that there were more than one stranger who murdered him. This remark threw Oedipus off, and he then began searching harder for more clues to this mystery.
By this point in the story, Jacota had too much pride to admit what was happening. Later she hung herself so she did not have to face it anymore. In a fashion, Oedipus was a blessed with a good heart and noble intentions, but with a dark fate. He made an honest king, as a king of Thebes, and he wanted the best for his citizens, and he wanted to rid them of the plague that afflicted them. An example of his loyalty was that he sent Creon and he persevered to hunt the murderer to stop the plague. Oedipus was brought up well, he was raised by people who he thought were his biological parents, the King and Queen of Corinth.
They loved him and supported him. He only left to protect them, when he heard from the oracle that he would kill his father and lie with his mother.
An Introduction to Araisin in the sun by Lorraine Hansberry.
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, a play that debuted in 1959 on Broadway.
The title is based on a poem by Langston Hughes named “A dream deferred”.
The play is all about a socially upwardly mobile black American family, and its struggles.
It was also the first play written by a black woman to feature on Broadway.
The play reflects real life as there indeed was a case (Hansberry v. Lee, 311 U.S. 32 (1940)), where a family fought in court against racially motivated restrictions (seggregation).
The still prevailing tension between African Americans and people of white extraction is portrayed well. And so is the tension between various members of the family of various age groups. We see how priorities are different for people of differing ages and how men and women look at the value of money. As a rule women tend to be thrifty, while men tend to be more prone to risk taking. This comes out well in the play when the women in the house decide to split the money and give half of it to the “Man” of the house, while investing the other half in a decent house. The Risk taking has its consequences (though...

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