A master artisan and innovator of the Greek tragedy, Sophocles's insightful
plays have held their value throughout countless time periods and societies.
Sophocles was the second of the three great Greek authors of tragedies. Born
in Colonus, a small city not too far from Athens, Sophocles grew to know the
ways of people and the lives they lead. He was well known for depicting
people as they are instead of the way they should be
showed first 75 words of 625 total
showed last 75 words of 625 total
her away..." (Scene 5, Line 60). His hubris had led to the
destruction of all he loved.
Oedipus is the representation of all humanity and his misfortunes were
brought about through hubris, which eventually leads to unhappiness, demise,
and or destruction. Sophocles presented this idea to his audience over two
centuries ago, and it is still a subject of much conversation. His plays have
influenced past works and they will continue to affect literary works to come