posted by Andrew .
Has anyone read this play?? I'm having a little trouble comparing and contrasting Oedipus and Kreon. I need to back up my thesis of Kreon serving as a foil for Oedipus... so far what I have is that Oedipus is a tragic hero by his tragic flaws, mistakes and pride, while Kreon is opposite of this. Is Kreon overly religious?
Check the analysis of characters to find specifics of each.
Kreon is not overly religious, but he does seem superstitious. He is also power-hungry and will not tolerate disobedience for any reason, nor listen to rationales.
OEDIPUS REX IS A TRAGEDY OF SUPERSTITIONS. SOPHOCLES LIVED AND WROTE
HIS TRAGEDY IN AN ERA WHERE IGNORANCE,SUPERSTIONS,CREDULITY AND
WITCHCRAFT REIGNED SUPREME. BLIND FAITH IN GODS AND BLAKE MAGIC AND
PHANTOMS WERE PREVALENT AMONG GREEK PEOPLE. THIS MULTIFARIOUS INFLANCE
OF THE GREEK MYTHOLOGY HAD ITS IMPACT ON THEIR LITRATURE.OEDIPUS
DESPITE OF ALL HIS COURAGE,WISDOME,AND INTELLECT OEDIPUS COULD NOT GET
RID FROM THE YOKE OF GREEK MYTHOLOGY . HE WAS GUILTY IN OTHER WAY,HE
FAILED TO TAKE THE LOGICAL STEPS WHICH WOULD HAD SAVED HIM. IS IT NOT
A BITTER IRONY WHEN PEOPLE COME TO HIM TO GET FREEDOM FROM PLAGUE HE
CALLS FOR "CREON" AND "TEIRESIAS" INSTEAD OF DOCTORS AND
PHYSICIAN.PEOPLE OF THABEN ARE PUNISHED BY GODS INSTEAD OF CRIMINAL
OEDIPUS ,"TO ROBE PETER TO PAY PALL" ISN'T IT? WRONG DECISIONS AND
SUPERSTITIONS ARE HIS "HAMARTIA" IS IT NOT AN IRONY THAT FOR 15 LONG
YEAR ODIPUS "THE SOURCE OF POLLUTION" IS LEFT UNPUNISHED AND GRANTED
EVERY PLEASURE OF LIFE BUT HE IS DRIVEN TO HIS DOOM IN A SINGLE
DAY,THESE ARE ITS FLAWS WHICH CAN NOT BE NBEGLECTED. THAT IS WHY IN
RENAISSANCE ORTHODOXY LOST ITS WAY OVER PEOPLE'S MINDS .IMAGINATION WAS
REPLACED BY REALISM.FICTION AND FALSITY GAVE WAY TO FACT AND
TRUTH.REASON PREVAILED OVER CREDULITY AND BLIND FAITH IN
MYTHOLOGY.SEARCH FOR TRUTH AND SCIENTIFIC ENQUIRY WAS THE DOMINANT
FEATURE.IN SHORT LIRATURE BEGAN TO CONVEY FACTS.AFTER THESE FACT KORAN
BECAME REAL BOOK FOR GUIDENCE OF HUMANITY AND ETERNAL SALVATION. FOR
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