A Doll S House Drama Essay On Oedipus

Tragedy In Oedipus The King And Doll's House

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Tragedy has been apart of human history since the dawning of civilization. Man has been plunged into terrible tragedies for ages. But not until the Greeks and prominent playwrights such as Sophocles did tragedy take on into its own on the stage. Out of this rebirth of tragedy came what has been considered, even by Aristotle himself, the greatest tragedy ever written, Oedipus the King. He delves into the human psyche: bringing forth the notion of predestination, a supposition desperately believed in by humans, betraying the fatal flaws of his hero and manifesting the suffering brought upon the hero by his tragic downfall. Though it was written more than a millennium ago, its basis and structure for tragedy has held strong, showing true in the modern tragedy of A Doll’s House. Written by Henrik Ibsen, it is a more down to earth tragedy on a level and situation that almost anyone can relate to. Though the heroine of the tragedy is almost no different than Oedipus, she has a form of personal nobility and pride that leads her to actions that eventually bring about her downfall. She suffers, she feels emotion. Both Oedipus the King and A Doll’s House set forth a range of human emotions that allows the audience to connect and feel for the tragedy, given to one to reflect upon human nature.
Both ignorance and pride are closely related to the tragic hero and heroine of Oedipus the King and A Doll’s House. It is substantially the leading factor in the downfall of the characters, starting almost from the beginning of the tragedy, gradually building until the bliss, the fool’s folly, is wiped clean by a realization, a gatherance of knowledge that leads them to their suffering. Oedipus knows not of his heritage, leading him to believe that he is not the son of Jocasta, that he has not fulfilled the prophecy that was bestowed upon him at birth. But it is not his ignorance alone that fuels the fire, his pride brings him great strides towards his demise. He willingly dispatches the Sphinx, having been over confident in his abilities and ascends to the throne, ruling as if he was born to do so. But this is the tragedy of Oedipus the King. Having been thought dead, it was not suspected that Oedipus was the child of the prophecy. It was not until Oedipus blindly began his search for the former kings killer to proudly rid the city of Thebes from its plague, that he began to realize the implications of his actions. “I will speak out now as a stranger to the story, a stranger to the crime. If I’d been present then, there would be no mystery, no long hunt without clue in hand” (Oedipus 921). The words before his downfall, before the truth that was to be had, his ignorance at its greatest, and he is correct, if he knew from the beginning, there would be no mystery, there would be no tragedy. Nora becomes as equally blinded in A Doll’s House. “To be able to be free from care, quite free from care, to be able to...

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