The Births Of Kings Essay Research Paper — страница 2

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Rex moves from being in power to being an outcast. In the beginning, he proclaims to his subjects to bring him the murderer of King Laios only to find that he is, himself, the murderer. This twist of fate leads to his downfall. In response, Oedipus Rex gouges his eyes out as a symbol of opening his eyes to the truth, or in this case, the light. This quotation, “This punishment. That I have laid upon myself is just,” serves to tell us that Oedipus Rex believes he needs to be punished for his unjust deed. In the end, a loss of innocence destroys both Hamlet and Oedipus Rex. Both Kings have lost their power and virtues. One has lost his life and the other has lost his vision. Their innocence protected them; their knowledge destroyed them. 32d