Essay about The Downfall Of Oedipus And Othello

1649 Words Dec 1st, 2015 7 Pages
The downfall of Oedipus is the work of the gods; the downfall of Othello is self-inflicted.” The time periods and customs they had during that time, in each of these stories help lead to the downfall of Oedipus and Othello. The age of the two characters plays a role in who is to blame for the downfall of each. The personality of each differed, Oedipus being more selfless and Othello more selfish. Oedipus looked to his people and to the gods, Othello looked to his own strength. The endings of how they dealt with their own downfall differed greatly; the protagonist in both Sophocles’ Oedipus the King and Shakespeare’s Othello had fatal flaws; Oedipus had his arrogance of fate and Othello had jealousy of self-inflicted ideas of importance. The time periods for the two plays took place around 1,800 years apart. Sophocles’ Oedipus the King would have taken place around the early 4th century, when Thebes was reaching its peak (Thebes). Shakespeare’s Othello would have taken place around the late 16th century when the Ottoman–Venetian War was taking place (Zuljan). This big time gap can present an understanding why Oedipus’ and Othello’s downfall came from where they did.
In the ancient Greek world, religion was personal, direct, and present in all areas of life. With formal rituals which included animal sacrifices and libations, myths to explain the origins of mankind and give the gods a human face, temples which dominated the urban landscape, city festivals and national…

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