Play - Examples and Definition of Play - Literary Devices
Oedipus — the King of Thebes — was one of the best-known heroes of all the Greek legends. He had dark, wavy hair and resembled what a perfect, attractive human man would look like. His ankles were covered with scars and he was blind. Throughout the story, we come across some symbolism hinted subtly. For instance, in the symbol of swollen ankles came from an incident that happened in his childhood; having his feet pinned together on a mountainside to die.
Now Oedipus is pursuing the killer as possibly the same as himself. In this set his goal shifts gradually from uncovering the murderer to discovering his own parents. The confidence and power that he demonstrated in the first series of encounters. The theme is the general doctrine or belief implicit in the drama, which the author seeks to make persuasive to the reader Abrams
In the play Oedipus Rex, Oedipus unknowingly murders his father and marries his mother. When Oedipus discovers this he is disgusted with himself and decides to go into exile. The Misanthrope is a play about the self-exile of the main character Alceste. Challenged in court, he refuses to take back the criticism of a sonnet written by a powerful nobleman. Alceste and Oedipus are both convicted by their knowledge of the truth.