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Language is awkward run on sentences not to the point Jim Creus Mrs Baldi English IV 21897 Three Female Characters in Greek Tragedies In the times of the ancient Greeks women had an unpretentious role They were expected to do take on the accepted role of a woman In most cases a womans role is restricted to bearing young raising children and housework In Sophocles Oedipus the King Antigone and Medea the dominant female characters impacted upon men with authority and political power It is an inescapable fate that one of these characters will fall and that the Gods have control over everyones fate Each dominant female character portrays her willpower and commitment to their beliefs This is what leads to the inevitable tragedy In Oedipus the King Jocasta is Oedipus wife and the sister of Creon She became a part of doomed Theban dynasty when she married Laius the King of Thebes As a result the marriage had brought together two branches of the family of Cadmus and seemed to guarantee political strength She became disappointed because she was unable to produce an heir to the throne Seeking a solution Lauis went to the oracle at Delphi and asked how the proble might be overcome Instead the oracle proclaimed that the son born to Jocasta would be his murderer Upon hearing the prophecy Lauis rejected all women This infuriated Jocasta and she had gotten Lauis drunk and slept with him This proves that Jocasta refuses to be outdone even by her husband When Jocasta had given birth to a baby boy Oedipus Lauis had it sent
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