Hamlet And Oedipus Rex: The Birth Of Kings



Two plays, "Hamlet", written by William Shakespeare and "Oedipus
Rex", written by Sophocles share a common bond of illusion and innocence.
The protagonists in both plays appear at the beginning only to have changed
so that reality has broken through the illusion with less than desirable
results for either. In these two plays, two kings must leave their
innocence behind as the truth leads them first, to enlightenment and then
to their downfall. This is a battle between the light and the darkness,
the light being the truth and the darkness being the lie. Throughout the
two plays we can see that both are isolated in a world of their own,
completely unaware of the truths surrounding them. ...

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that his own brother,
Hamlet's uncle, murdered him. Oedipus Rex discovers the truth when the
blind prophet, Teiresias accuses him of being the one who murdered King
Laios therefore fulfilling his destiny in which he had sought to avoid. In
the end, the actions taken by both lead to their downfalls in different
ways, death for Hamlet and loss of vision for Oedipus Rex.
In the beginning, we see Hamlet living in an illusion blocking him
from seeing what is really there. Hamlet is under the belief that his
father died of natural causes and nothing more. As he comes to realize the
truth, he leaves behind the safe harbor of innocence and na´vetÚ and enters
the uneasy world of adulthood and experience. Standing within his castle,
he makes a speech to himself and to God commenting on the quickness in
which his mother married his uncle. It is at this point where the
beginning of the end of his innocence starts. He believes that by marrying
his uncle, his mother betrayed his ...

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