Sophocles by Clifton Wilbraham Collins

Sophocles

byClifton Wilbraham Collins

Paperback | February 8, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1899 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II. CEDIPUS THE KING. No tragedy in history or in fiction can equal the Jiorror of the tale of iKdipus,. Tne plot is so simple as to be told in a sentence. An oracle foretells that CEdipus shall slay his father and be married to his mother; and, against his own will and knowledge, he fulfils his destiny. By a sudden revolution of fortune we see a man, to all appearance as wise as Solomon and as blameless as Job, hurled into an abyss of misery and despair; and this by a chain of circumstances of whose real import he is himself unconscious until the final catastrophe. It is a case where the punishment fiQ seems out of all proportion to the crime. /Even when ! we-takerinto account the passion, the pride, and the curiosity of CEdipus./we still feel that the criminal has been in a measure "the victim of a mistake--i-that he isamere puppet in the relentless poweivJtl (Edipus is subject, ife not first sigrit it seems 1 o be misfortnne kre the means wjiich the accomplishment of its purpose, but it uses them for the ends of Justice. "The real instruments," says M. Girardin, "by which Fate works, are men's unbridled passions; it strikes down the murderer by the murderer, and punishes the crime by the crime. But Justice appears beyond and above these furious impulses, and directs them, in spite of themselves, tojbat mysterious goal towards which it tends." fp the audience/ who knew tho ctory wollfno_suspense could have been so agonising as to watch the misguided king rushing headlong to his doom--to see him weav ouraclvcn cicpeocd--fce dreaffiyhidi haunted each JPMj nmnng tho audiefrceflest he might himself some day prove an CEdipS7 J»o one wuuld have-disclaimed 't,he. irp,a-of-hi8-eemmitting srtnh-tttmsfaous sins witTi a more-forvont cineerity than tho ...

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Title:SophoclesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:44 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.09 inPublished:February 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217555454

ISBN - 13:9780217555456

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