Thursday, October 10, 2019
Compare and contrast Oedipus Rex Essay
Compare and contrast Oedipus Rex and Faustus as tragedies.Ã The two plays Oedipus Rex and Faustus are both tragicÃ plays. Both of the plays end with the main character losing theirÃ life, and actually even their afterlife. But as tragedies the twoÃ plays have some similarities and some differences. The charactersÃ themselves are different, and they both want different goals out ofÃ each their own lives. Oedipus Rex and Faustus are two tragedies thatÃ compare and contrast in many ways. The two main characters of the plays Faustus and OedipusÃ Rex are very different from each other. Faustus, the main character inÃ Faustus, is not trying to save any civilizations like Oedipus is.Ã Faustus is really trying to make himself a better person by learningÃ black magic. He wants to learn evil to make himself more powerful asÃ a person. He signs his soul over to the devil in exchange forÃ twenty-four years of service by Mephistophilis. Greed is the mainÃ reason for the fall of Faustus. He chose his own destiny; he knewÃ that when he signed that contract his soul belonged to the devil. Oedipus on the other hand, did not really have much of a choice in hisÃ fate. He was pretty much damned from the beginning. He wasÃ prophesized to kill his father and marry his mother, so his father andÃ mother tried to change fate. But as the story goes, the prophecy cameÃ true. All Oedipus wanted to do was stop the plague from going throughÃ his city. But it ended up that he was the cause, not the solution.Ã His eternity was not lived out in hell, but spent exiled from Thebes. Oedipus did not choose his fate as Faustus did. The characters of theÃ two plays both suffered in the end, but one chose his and one had toÃ live with his prophecy.Ã Smith 2Ã The plots of the two plays are different from each other also. TheÃ plot of Oedipus Rex is for Oedipus to find out why the plague hasÃ struck his town, and how to get rid of it. But the plot ends upÃ turning into what was prophesized to his parents a long time ago.Ã Oedipus ends up finding out that he has married his mother and that heÃ has killed his father. The whole play is a tragedy. There is noÃ comic relief in it, as in Faustus with his practical jokes. InÃ Oedipus the plot revolves around the fate of one man. In Faustus theÃ plot revolves around other people as well. There are other subplotsÃ in the play not just the plot with Faustus. Faustus andÃ Mephistophilis go about causing trouble throughout different cities,Ã really trying to cause evil wherever they go. In Oedipus, there is noÃ other trouble in the play, just the problem with Oedipus killing hisÃ father and marrying his mother. The plots have nothing in commonÃ except how the end. In the end of Faustus, Faustus must spend all ofÃ eternity in hell. His soul now belongs to the devil. In the beginning of the play he did not believe in life after death, I bet heÃ is hitting himself on the head now. In the end of Oedipus Rex,Ã Oedipus cuts his own eyes out and gets exiled out of Thebes. HeÃ spends the rest of his life with out a home. The ultimate tragedyÃ really, he just got stuck in the wrong place at the wrong time. Both of the plays are different from each other, but bothÃ end tragically. One of the similarities of the play is seen at theÃ end of Oedipus Rex when the Chargos basically says that even theÃ greatest of men can crumble to ruins; all humans are subject toÃ suffering and pain. This theme is true in both plays. Seen at the endÃ of Faustus, when Faustus was trying to stop the clock. Even theÃ greatest of men can crumble to ruins.