When Creon admonishes Oedipus at the end of Oedipus the King, he asserts, â€œStop this striving to be master of all. The mastery you had in life has been your fall.â€ In doing so, Creon depicts Oedipus as a classic tragic hero. Read one short story or poem, or watch one film that depicts the role of ambition in a heroâ€™s demise or redemption. Make a double-columned comparison chart depicting the similarities and differences between the character and Oedipus.
And then in a well-constructed essay, consider the following questions:
1. What character traits, dramatic elements, or plot events depict the protagonist as being ambitious?
2. Does this character illustrate a moral or social code of behavior? If so, describe it.
3. What is the characterâ€™s greatest desire?
4. What ultimate price is the protagonist willing to pay to reach his/her objective?
5. Detail the outcome of the protagonistâ€™s struggle with ambition.
6. Does the protagonist regret his/her decision? How do you know?
7. Is the protagonist ultimately redeemed or condemned for his/her choices?
8. What role does hubris play in the characterâ€™s tragic fall?
Also consider the themes of ambition, fate, blindness, family, self-destruction, and gender roles.
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