Compare and Contrast Oedipus the King and A Darker Face of the Earth
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... Comparison and Contrast between “Oedipus the King” and “The Darker Face of the Earth” In the play “The Darker Face of theEarth”, Rita Dove has resurrected the Greek protagonist, Oedipus, with newer conflicts and crisis of the modern American society of the 19th century. Dove’s protagonist, Augustus, can be considered as the resurrected Oedipus who is fated to be deserted by his white mother and to marry her unwittingly. Like Sophocles’s Oedipus he also kills his father and her mother commits suicide in order to save him. Also ignorant about his past, Augustus, like the King, vows to liberate the fellow people from the slavery. Thus the hero’s noble goal to fight for his people’s causes is bound to...