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Classics 180The character Theseus portrayed in the epics Hippolytus and Oedipus at colonus have some similarities but quite a few differencesIn Hippolytus Theseus returns from his voyage and finds his beloved wife dead he mourns with sorrow Theseus said by her death he is ruined He goes into a sort of depression at his loss Theseus is confused and doesnt know why the gods put this suffering on him and at his point he doesnt know why she would do such a thing as to kill herself When Theseus reads the tablet of what Phaedra left he feels these are words of evil these are abominal crimes he said Theseus banishes Hippolytus for his crime of laying his hands upon his wife Theseus questions Hippolytus about his actions He is furious with Hippolytus Theseus is so heart broken by this tragedy he can only blame Hippolytus by what the note said Theseus finds out from Artemis that the note isnt entirely true Aphrodite was the one to blame for this whole mess She was the one that made Phaedra fall in love with her own stepson Hippolytus insists that he didnt touch Phaedra Artemis tells Theseus the truth about the whole incident Artemis points out Theseus fault he did not take time to find out the truth he just presumed and jumped to conclusions It would have saved grief and heartache Theseus goes to Hippolytus when he is at his deathbed and asks for forgiveness Hippolytus does forgive him Theseus wants to die now because of what he has caused If he hadnt been so presumptuous then maybe Hippolytus life would have been spared This epic reveals Theseus tragic flaw He is quick to judge and very presumptuous and this ends up causing so much unnecessary pain and guilt This epic portrays how deeply he loves his wife PhaedraIn Oedipus at Colonus as Oedipus travels he learns that he is in Colonus and they are
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