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Ritualistic Tradition in Early Greek Theater
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8 pages in length. An interesting look at ceremonies, rituals, and traditions in early Greek theater. Religious practices, symbolic meanings, and more are described in great detail. The role of Dionysus is explained throughout and the setting, plot, structure, characters, Chorus, etc; of 'Oedipus the King' are used together as examples of how this work by Sophocles was particularly representative of the era. An EXCELLENT reference for anyone studying early theater and/or drama. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
Filename: Oedipus.wps

Sight and Sea in 'Oedipus Rex'
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A 5 page paper looking at the motifs of 'seeing' and feeling 'at sea' in Sophocles' play. The paper argues that Sophocles uses the images of being storm-tossed or lost at sea to denote spiritual chaos, and images involving vision and light to represent spiritual insight. No additional sources.
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Sophocles & Euripides / Two Different Visions
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A 4 page essay on the different styles of these two Greek classical playwrights. The paper supports Sophocles' own claim that '[Euripides] paints men as they are; I paint men as they ought to be.' Bibliography lists two sources.
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Sophocles' 'Antigone' / Catharsis & Audience Identification
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A 5 page paper on the process of 'tragic catharsis' in Sophocles' classic play. Beginning with a definition of tragedy which includes the concept of catharsis, the paper shows how audiences watching Antigone empathize by putting their own self-doubts up there on the stage, and symbolically work them out right alongside Antigone. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Sophocles' 'Antigone' / Heroism
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A 5 page paper examining the question of whether there is a true hero in Sophocles' play. The paper concludes that for the twentieth century reader both Creon and Antigone seem like victims. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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