Free Essay

King Henery

In: People

Submitted By meadesghost77
Words 2354
Pages 10
King Henry VIII

King of England and Lord of Ireland

"We are, by the sufferance of God, King of England; and the Kings of England in times past never had any superior but God." Quote by King Henry VIII made to Cardinal Wolsey in 1515

Henry tutor, who is named after his father Henry VII the first of the Tudor dynasty, Henry was born on, born the 28th of June 1491. His mother Elizabeth of York and father Henry VII. The tutor dynasty is known as royal house of Welsh origin that ruled the Kingdom of England and its realms; this included the Lordship and Kingdom of Ireland, from 1485 until 1603. Henry’s Tutor character according to historical records handsome 6’2 man, great athlete, hunted and played tennis. He was also a great composer of music, including the “greensleves”. Not only for his great looks, Henry being very smart as well, studied theology before the age of 12, to prepare for the clergy.( Henry VIII: The King and His Court [Paperback]) King Henry VIII is viewed as one of the most controversial rulers in history. His desperation to have his name carried on with a male heir, and his need to have ultimate power led him to do what no other ruler dare to attempt. His desperation to have his name carried on with a male heir, and his need to have ultimate power led him to do what none other before him had dared attempt. To fully understand the reasons behind his actions, one needs consider his personal characteristics, the women in his life, as well as the changes he created in the nation, and thus Europe as a whole. To fully understand the reasons behind his actions, one needs consider his personal characteristics, the women in his life as well as the changes he created in the nation, and thus Europe. This is the short story of Henry VIII; To understand Henry reasons behind actions, one needs to understand his possible personal traits. Some can argue that Henry had some psychological disorders, which have been documented in his biography, and by historical researchers. They have found that Henry had these possible disorders, Paranoid personality this can cause mistrust in people that everyone is out to get you syndrome. Henry may have suffered from personality disorders mood changes, poor self-image, wanting attention from everyone in his court, and even with all the ladies from servants to princesses. The other possible reasons for Henry’s problems, was there is a suggested theory that he suffered from scurvy or malnutrition. (Kybett, M. (1989). HENRY VIII — A MALNOURISHED KING?. History Today, 39(9), 19. Retrieved from MasterFILE Premier database.)
Many of Henry VIII's acts of ruling an empire were the success of his religious policy, the apparent egotistic attitude he had was profound, and had personal motives for his public action. Henry was led to adopt the policy by private considerations. Henry convinced himself that he was working towards the good of the state because he thought his problems were the same as the nation faced; and it was the real coincidence of this private and public point of view that made it possible for him to convince his court that his personal problems were theirs as well. The unfortunate part of his rulings raids were innocent people killed; as many as 72,000 people are estimated to have been executed. Some historians estimate he ordered about 120 executions per month, most, but not all, beheading using these figures the total number of deaths would exceed 54,000 over the course of his 38-year reign. Other estimates have been as high as 72,000. While possible, neither number can be confirmed. It should be noted that the King was responsible for "judicial murders," which are executions carried out by order of the court or a sovereign head, not by Henry VIII himself. So even though it seems that the king has all this authority, he does not, the church was those rulings of death sentence, then go ask the king how he wants the accused to die. (Henry viii: the mask of royalty . (1973). Academy Chicago Publishers: Academy Chicago Publishers)

For instance; Lady of the bed Chamber to Catherine of Aragon named Margret Pole or Countess of Salisbury and later governess to Princess Mary; Catherin and her daughters loved her very much. But being hated and feared by Henry VIII, because her family was the rightful airs to the throne. The Countess was arrested on a fake charge of treason, and never stood trial, this brave Lady was taken to East Smithfield to be beheaded, unfortunately for her an inexperienced axe man struck her with the axe eleven times before she died in 1541, and she was sixty eight years of age. (Heritage, English. (2007). Off with her head!. 2007-07)

Henry’s divorce from Catharine was not really behind the English reformation. Henry knew that he could not change an entire nation. The English despised the clergy, and lost respect for the clergy due to the corruption of the church. Nuns and monks were locked up against their will in monasteries together and were accused of moral debauchery. The Church, which held over one fourth of the land of England and collected eighth of the nation’s income, and some noble land were taken from the owners. Making Henry the richest Monarch in Europe by having lands sold to the nobles. The church clergy did not have to pay taxes and were not subject to secular law. Some of the clergy was guilty of murdering people who went against them no one dared to try them in secular courts. So many clergy’s got away with unspeakable crimes. There was no discipline for the members of the church, nor did they know the scriptures of the testament. For the English people, there was only one clergyman for every fifty people. The church always kept records on everyone no matter how rich or poor. They knew exactly how many were in a household as well as the income the people brought in. The church clergy collected on wills and mortuary dues; the unfortunate part is that people had to pay to bury their dead before they could be put in ground, if the family did not have funds the dead would be thrown in a pile with others or secretly buried on the land.
Henry VIII's goal of his marriages was to have a blood line carry on, the actions of Henry that he would do anything; including breaking any church law or personal beliefs to make that happen. In 1509 was his first marriage to Catherine of Aragon, who was the widow of his brother, Arthur, unfortunately who passed shortly after they were married in 1501. Henry’s father, King Henry VII wanted Henry to marry Catherine so the alliance between England and Spain remained in good standing. Catherine had six children, including two sons, unfortunately all of her children died except for their daughter, Mary, who later ruled England from 1553-1558, and known as “Bloody Mary”. During their marriage Henry became frustrated with Catherine because she didn’t produce a son, this in turn force henry to separate from Catherine. Henry fell in love with Anne Boleyn while she was living in court. The love affair of king and Anne began the biggest struggle between Henry and the church. Petitioning the pope to annul Henry’s marriage to Catherine, Henry was claiming that marrying his brother’s widow was incest according to Old Testament bible scriptures, and he wanted to clear his soul of any sins. The pope refused Henry’s request, which enraged him, Henry removed the English church from Papal authority and in 1534, The Act of Supremacy, which declared Henry the king the supreme head of the Church of England. After accomplishing his removal from the papal, Henry and Catherine were divorced in 1533. Catherine with a broken heart and banished from the kingdom and forced to live in isolation in a dungeon like conditions and unable to see her only child Mary. Catherine passed away on January 7th 1536 some speculation is the death was an attempt poisoning.
In that same year of 1533, Henry and Anne Boleyn were secretly married. Anne Boleyn would be the mother of the future Queen Elizabeth I. After everything Henry fought to have Anne affection, he started to lose interest in Anne. Boleyn had two pregnancies, unfortunately one was a miscarriage. When Anne failed to produce a son which upset the king more; Henry began to have affairs with other women, during this time he had become interested in Jane Seymour, a daughter of one his knights. Anne was soon charged with adultery and suspected to have been involved in several affairs, which were never proven and likely to be false but May 19, 1536, she was convicted by a unanimous vote and beheaded. This is a quote from Anne Boleyn herself before the sword cut of her head “I pray God save the king," Anne herself is reported to have said on the scaffold, "and send him long to reign over you, for a gentler nor a more merciful prince was there never; and to me he was ever a good, a gentle and sovereign lord." (n.d.). Retrieved from n.d.). Jane Seymour married Henry on May 30, 1536, only eight days after Anne execution. Jane became pregnant in 1537, Henry was convinced she was carrying a boy and he believed Jane was his first true wife. She died very shortly after giving birth to her son. Some historians believe she developed complications from the birth, probably a form of Scepticaemia, which is an infection of the uterus. Jane was the first and only wife to provide Henry with a proper male heir. Jane is honored being the only wife of the king to be buried with him. King Henry’s fourth marriage was to Anne of Cleves, she was a German princess, the marriage was only for political reasons; he needed a strong political alliance with Germany. When henry had his first meeting with Anne, he was very polite to her, but said later to his council that his horse had better looks then she. Henry declared the marriage had not been and could not be consummated; and did not scruple to cast doubts on his wife's honor. Their marriage was annulled after only six months. Anne was rewarded with a large income and she remained in England given the title of "King's Sister."
Henry married his fifth wife Catherine Howard on July 28, 1540, just sixteen days after he divorced his fourth wife Anne. At this time Henry was 49 years of age and starting to gain weight, he was no longer the young handsome athletic man he once was. Catherine was a young girl no older than 19. Shortly after they were married, rumors of her being promiscuous before and after their marriage started to come out Thomas Culpepper; and Francis Dereham, to whom Catherine was betrothed to. After becoming queen she occasionally met Dereham and Culpepper for affairs. In November 1541, the Archbishop Cranmer informed henry of his unfaithful wife .Once Henry learned of this, he had Culpepper and Dereham publically executed in December 1541, Culpeper was beheaded, Dereham was stretched by his neck, and then publicly disemboweled while alive. Catherine was beheaded in the Towers of London for crimes of treason (Heritage, English. (2007). Off with her head!. 2007-07)
The last of the six wives of Henry VIII, named Katharine Parr, during this time she had just lost her husband Lord Latimer. In October 1542 his health began to fade, henry realized her husband was dying began to court Katharine. Lord Parr died in March 1543, and around July, the King proposed to Katharine. Feeling she hadn't much choice, she agreed. The marriage took place in a private ceremony on July 12, 1543, at Hampton Court. Queen Katherine Parr was the only one of Henry VIII's wives to have survived him. Henry became sick with fever on January 1, 1547; there were rumors that the king died on January 8th. However, he did recovered a little bit, but on January 19th he relapsed with fever. On January 28th, Archbishop Cranmer was sent for. Henry with his wife Katharine Parr at his side, died shortly after Cranmer arrived at around 2:00am. August 30, 1548; Katherine gave birth to a daughter named Mary. The queen contracted puerperal fever; an infection of the uterus after childbirth, which most often led to death. Sick with a fever for a week, until it became apparent she would not recover. The Queen died on September 7, 1548. Some historians suggest that Henry died from pulmonary embolism. Now new studies are suggesting it may have been malnutrition. There was no certainty of the king’s death, only because it was treason to predict or speculate on a death of a king. King Henry is buried in St George's Chapel, Windsor, along with his third wife, Jane Seymour. A plaque marks the spot, and is visited by thousands of people a day. Henry VIII established Church of England, which is still in progress today and, through his allowed divorce, produced a daughter that became one of the greatest monarchs of all time. This was also the birth of the renaissance era to Europe. Perhaps people with high political positions today whether considered a tyrant or a blessing can make positive contributions towards society in the future.

APA: References. Page 5 ;(n.d.). Retrieved from
Page 6: Heritage, English. (2007). Off with her head!. 2007-07
Page 1-3 Henry viii: the mask of royalty . (1973). Academy Chicago Publishers: Academy Chicago Publishers
Page 1-2 Elton, G. R. England under the Tudors. London: Routledge, 1991.
Page 1-5 Henry VIII: The King and His Court [Paperback] Alison Weir
Page 4; Kybett, M. (1989). HENRY VIII — A MALNOURISHED KING?. History Today, 39(9), 19. Retrieved from MasterFILE Premier database.

Similar Documents

Premium Essay

Descriptive Essay

...A lot of folks depict paradise as lying on some remote island overlooking a stunning sunset while feeling the sand between their toes. My conception may be somewhat different than most people. I can envision beaming music, and people as they frolic. Where the party never stops, it keeps going and going like the Energizer bunny. The scenery will be the most divine of anything on this earth, more so than overlooking the flawless, sugarcoated snow covering the Rocky Mountains. Oh, my, the aroma coming from that city- like freshly cut bouquets of flowers on a sunny spring day. Forget about having a foul taste because it will leave only an everlasting angelic savor in your mouth. Paradise to me is cheerful music and people also, it has the most beautiful scenery one can only imagine.    All the masses of people would start getting together holding hands in a circle with Jesus in the middle and start singing in a heavenly language. The city is filled with thunderous sounds of every instrument one can imagine. Then, the angles pick up tambourines hitting them in rhythm along with the music, while people start dancing before the Lord. All of a sudden, Peter, Paul, Job, and all the great men and women of God lift up their hands and sing out with all of their capacity to Jehovah Jireh.    A rainbow is prolonged across the land. It has the brightest colors of blue, yellow, pink, and orange. It is so beautiful; the majestic colors make one want to reach out and touch it. A huge......

Words: 480 - Pages: 2

Premium Essay

The Secret of England's Greatness

...cultural figures, which are central focuses of the painting. The Queen’s alluring white dress accentuated with the purple banner creates connotations of royalty and prestige. Equally, the garments that Barker has depicted on the Ambassador are atypical to the attire worn by Britons in this period. However they are by no means less significant. The Ambassador wears an animal skin cape, lavish jewellery, and fine linens; Barker has localised England’s prestige to the Ambassador to indicate to the viewer that he is clearly of importance. This then raises the question about the fact that this is an Ambassador, as opposed to the actual leader. One could then argue that the garments worn represent the King. This then sparks the question of what the context was that disallowed the actual King to be there. Were there domestic problems he had to tend to? Was the Ambassador merely collecting “The Secret of England’s Greatness” as a means to resolve the greatness that they might had lacked? Divinity is also explored because of how the non-physical concept of “greatness” is presented as something religious– a Bible. Given the context of a vastly religious 19th century Britain, the Bible is probably an allusion to God and his glory. However the fact that “greatness” is portrayed as a physical entity, leads one to think that it can be achieved by man. This is consolidated by the fact that Queen Victoria is handing the Bible to the Ambassador. It is a form of evangelism per say,......

Words: 751 - Pages: 4

Free Essay

The Bayeaux Tapestry

...our “righteous” King and his cohorts. Scared does not begin to describe my feelings toward this battle that I did not volunteer for. I am just a mere foot soldier, an arrow cushion for the royals. We arrived a week ago today and it seems today will be the day of days. The Kings from our side and theirs are meeting in the middle of what will soon become the battlefield, or should I just call it what it will become, the resting place of most of us. I hope they work this out peacefully with some concessions. I am getting ahead of myself. When we first arrived we came ashore on boat and well let me just say there was nothing here, unless you count the forest. Well most of that went to constructing the Kings quarters. We found ourselves fighting over firewood to keep warm at night, although keeping warm almost came in second to just rest after our days. We work nonstop from dawn to dusk. It is just us “less” noble by birth that do all the manual labor, while the noble keep watch over us while they drink wine and we build battlements and quarters for the luckier. I find myself praying every night for this to be over, one way or the other, and at this point I am leaning toward the other, which would mean that I will never see any of you again. How I miss home. I know we work for a noble but at least we have a roof over our head and some grog and mead for our bellies. And it is warm at night. Well it appears that battle will not be avoided as the King and his......

Words: 776 - Pages: 4

Premium Essay

Beowulf King Essay

...Good King/Good Hero Monarchies have existed for centuries now, all of which include citizens being controlled by a king or queen. These citizens may not like their ruler, but it is in their best interest to cooperate and remain loyal. Just as the people are supposed to serve the king, the kings possess some responsibilities with regards to his subjects. The king is supposed to distributes goods among the community, settle disputes, govern laws, and much more. As well as needing a strong form of government for a country to succeed, it must own a courageous hero, one who is devoted to his country. This hero must dedicate himself to his tasks and defeat anything or anyone who comes in his way. All above all a good king and a good hero must protect the people and ensure the safety of the country. Kings are always of the wealthiest in the area and are respected for sharing with those less fortunate. Kings can afford the most valued materials that others simply cannot compare to. “So now, Beowulf, I adopt you in my heart as a dear son. Nourish and maintain this new connection, you noblest of men; there’ll be no thing you’ll want for, no worldly goods that won’t be yours” (945-949). Kings bought goods for their people and swords for their soldiers to demonstrate their wealth. Only kings could buy incredibly expensive goods, which impressed others. As well as providing for the people, a king proves himself by offering protection. A king will be respected, well-loved, more if he......

Words: 530 - Pages: 3

Free Essay

The Boggeyman

...Analysis of "The Boogeyman" This Stephen King short story is about how children's lack of reality sense, and therefore also their vivid imagination, lets them to see things that adults never could. The things, that the main character Lester Billings' children can see, are in this case a monster: A so-called Boogeyman. Now, the Boogeyman is a widely spread myth, and there are many stories of the Boogeyman, but his intentions are always the same: He is no Mr. Nice guy. This particular Boogeyman lives in a closet, a rather traditional place to stay in this profession. Other Boogeyman-habitats might include places such as dark cellars, behind a tree in a public park or beneath beds. The fact that the Boogeyman lives in a closet, merely underlines that the Boogeyman is a tale for children. Only children have the innocent imagination to believe them, because they are not yet members in 'the reasonable tribe' of humanity. The difference in this Boogeyman story however, is that this one is actually happening. Lester Billings' children are being killed! While these murders are not violent crimes, the death of a child is always horrible (and might lead to justifying hallucinations). It is your basic innocence versus the world. Some human beings have, in this world, deteriorated to the level of dumb beasts. Preying on others to feed their own animalistic needs (like Patrick Bateman from American Psycho). The Boogeyman is not traditionally a human, though he is born from human......

Words: 763 - Pages: 4

Free Essay

King Lear

...The True Nature of Lear’s Madness Out of all of Shakespeare’s works, King Lear is by far his greatest tragedy. Tragedy, not in the sorts of horrific blood shed, but in terms of the hostile nature of humankind, that was thoroughly explored within the play. The brilliance of the play does not only lie in its brilliant storyline, it ultimately lies in the numerous universal, yet controversial themes. Themes of familial obligation, metaphorical blindness, political disarray, cruelty, betrayal, insanity and madness, these are only a few of the many conveyed. The critical summation of King Lear is as such: King Lear, ruler of Britain, decides to abdicate his throne and leave Britain in the charge of his three daughters. However, due to his weakness to flattery he bestows the entire kingdom to his daughters, Goneril and Regan. Unlike her malevolent sisters, Cordelia is banished by Lear. Ultimately, as a result of the committed acts, Lear sets not only himself, but also his entire country into civil strife. The natural order originally established by Lear falls apart and disorder engulfs the realm. Lear’s, ‘fall from grace’ in addition to the abuse he attains from his offspring causes him to go temporarily insane. However, insanity leads Lear to self-realization, completely stripped from his royal pretensions. Such a realization causes Lear to overlook his values and finally learn of humility. One is able to state that before the climax took place Lear, in fact was ‘mad’,......

Words: 1117 - Pages: 5

Premium Essay

Poor Ophelia love and devotion to Hamlet would secure a happily ever after. But, unfortunately, her exceptional obedience would be her downfall. Ophelia is found betraying her one true love, Hamlet, by merely obeying her father, Polonius, and king Claudius, who believe that Hamlet has gone mad. Polonius seemed to bear a grudge against Hamlet, which should have been a signal to Ophelia that something was amiss. But being the good daughter, she did as she was told when Polonius instructed Ophelia not to ever speak to Hamlet again. When Hamlet comes running into her room looking like he has just seen a ghost, which in fact he has, and she does not say a word to him. She just looks at him like he is crazy and watches him go out the door without saying a word. Hamlet feels betrayed by his love for her and lack of response to his distress. She obeyed her father and did not speak to him, even when he looked like he had gone through something very terrible. Ophelia agreed to Polonius’s schemes to spy on Hamlet, even when it went against her feelings for Hamlet. The second thing that Ophelia does, which causes her to lose Hamlet's trust, is set up a plan with Claudius and Polonius to see if Hamlet is crazy and if Ophelia is the reason for his insanity. The king and Polonius hide while Ophelia is told to find Hamlet where he normally walks around and find out if he is insane and what has made him that way. Ophelia goes along with their plan willingly; she...

Words: 673 - Pages: 3

Premium Essay


...Title: The Tragedy of King Lear Author: William Shakespeare DOP: 1606 Genre: Shakespearean tragedy Writing Style: Play Setting: King Lear's castle in Albion England. Goneril's home. Gloucester's castle. The Cliffs of Dover Plot: Act I. Shakespeare's dark tragedy, King Lear begins with the fictional King of England, King Lear, handing over his kingdom to daughters Regan and Goneril whom he believes truly love him. King Lear intends to stay with each daughter consecutively, accompanied by one hundred loyal knights. Angry that Cordelia his youngest daughter does not appear to love him as do Goneril and Regan, Lear banishes his youngest daughter Cordelia, and Kent, the servant who attempts to defend her. Cordelia leaves and is taken by the King of France as his Queen. Edmund, the loved but illegitimate son of the Earl of Gloucester plots to have his elder brother Edgar's reputation ruined. Edmund tricks his father Gloucester into believing that Edgar wanted to kill him. The disrespectful Goneril conspires to have her guest and father, King Lear, driven out of her house. Kent, who has now disguised his identity to serve King Lear, earns King Lear's respect by defending his name. Goneril offends King Lear and dismisses fifty of his knights. Lear starts to realize Cordelia was not so disrespecting. Lear decides to leave for Regan where he is sure to be treated properly. Lear instructs Kent to deliver several letters to Gloucester. The Fool teaches Lear several riddles. Act II....

Words: 1288 - Pages: 6

Free Essay


...Oedipus the King – STUDY GUIDE Section 1 – Greek Culture Home of the Greek Gods & Goddesses… Mount Olympus King of the Gods… Zeus Type of politics that began in Athens… Democracy God of War & Wisdom… Athena Peloponnesian War between… Athens & Sparta Wealthy landowners… Aristocrats Women were appreciated in… Sparta Most famous artist… Sculptor Women treated like slaves in… Athens City that liked poetry, writing and art… Athens Military state… Sparta Another word for slaves… helots Type of poetry written… lyric Word comes from a small harp called… lyre Greek kept literature alive by… singing Popular sports competition still done today… Olympics Winner of Olympics won… Olive Branch Section 2 – First Readings Oedipus the King Writer of Oedipus the King… Sophocles Write 120 plays but only ____ survived… Seven Tragedy means… Goat God of wine… Dionysus Lyrics chanted called dythrims chanted to… Dionysus To become king, Oedipus solved… the riddle of the sphinx Contrast between audience and character… Dramatic irony City is suffering from… plague The plague causes… Stillborn children Animals to die Crops to die Women/mothers dying Who did Oedipus send to Delphi too figure out the problem… Creon Apollo says the cause of affliction is that… the murderer of Lauis is in Thebes Blind prophet who says Oedipus is the murderer… Tiresius Oedipus says Tiresius is worthless prophet because… should have solved the riddle and saved the......

Words: 529 - Pages: 3

Free Essay

Assignment 1

... The death of King Tutankhamun, the 12th king of the 18th Egyptian dynasty, who died at age 18, is a mystery (Tutankhamen, 2012). Speculations in the cause of death suggest King Tutankhamen died of injuries sustained from an earlier fall leaving an infection in the leg, malaria, or that he was assassinated. After that there a no surviving records of King Tutankhamun’s final days, his death is the subject of ongoing debate. The sudden death of King Tutankhamun, the boy king who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago, is a mystery that may be finally solved. Scientists believe Tutankhamun may have fell from a fast moving chariot during a hunting excursion in the desert. Tutankhamun’s death became prevalent since his tomb was discovered in 1922 by archaeologist. English Archaeologist Howard Carter and his colleagues studied X-rays of the mummy that indicated a swelling at the base of King Tutankhamun’s skull suggesting, “King Tut” as he was known, was killed by a blow to the head. Carter states “it was like stepping into a funeral of a 3,200-year-old king. It was no longer just scientific research but bought out the human aspect” (Howard Carter, 2011). This theory concludes King Tut may have been murdered as the result of blunt force trauma (Lovgren, 2006). This theory was later ruled out, and it was determined that the hole to King Tut’s head was results from the mummification process.  King Tutankhamen had a......

Words: 517 - Pages: 3

Premium Essay

Enlish Alvel Sample Paper

...Compare and Contrast the theme of violence in William Shakespeare’s King Lear and Second Generation by Neil Biswas Although there is an immense gap in time between the work of William Shakespeare and Neil Biswas, it can be justified that there are various points of comparisons that can be made between their interpretations and presentations of the key theme of violence in their plays King Lear and Second Generation. Written between 1603 and 1606, Shakespeare’s King Lear is one of the most celebrated tragedies. King Lear is among the most complex and contradictory of Shakespeare’s works. True to Shakespearean tradition, King Lear borrows its tragic elements from several types of tragedies that were popular during the Jacobean Renaissance. It is a play about the dysfunctional relationships between fathers and their children, and how a foolish father in old age can misread his kids. Whereas Second Generation is a is the epic British Asian love story by Neil Biswas, controversially is a modern re-making of King Lear based in East London. Biswas describes in an article called ‘Conflict between Cultures Can Be Positive’ the social factors that influenced his desire to produce the screenplay. Biswas passively describes himself as ‘second generation of Asians’ who like their parents can relate to the 1977 TV show ‘Mind Your Language’ Biswas based Second Generation in East London in the Bengali Community and used his very own personal experiences, things he has seen or imagined...

Words: 1987 - Pages: 8

Premium Essay

Oedipus the King

...Professor Pierson English 104 02 March 2014 " Oedipus the King" People can be blinded to the truth. The answer to their question or solution to their problem may have been obvious the whole time. Still, they could not see the answer. They were blinded by the truth. Connections have been made between being blind and enlightened. A blind person is said to have powers to see invisible things. The blind may not have physical sight, but they have another kind of vision. In Sophocles play, "Oedips the King" there are some adverse situations relating to the ability to see things literally compared to having vision symbolically. With this repetition throughout the play it becomes one of its central themes. In the play King Oedipus started life with a prophecy that he would kill his father and marry his mother, but Oedipus was blind to the truth his whole life. The parents who raised him weren't his parents at all. His real parents were Laius and Jocasta. Jocasta who was his who was his real mother was now his wife. When Oedipus does find the truth, he loses his physical vision by blinding himself. Even when Jocasta found out the truth, she refused to accept it and commits suicide. Jocasta blindness was different from Oedipus as well as both differed from Tiresias, the blind prophet. Tiresias's blindness was of phyisical nature. Tiresias played......

Words: 565 - Pages: 3

Premium Essay

Macdonal History

...comes from selling hamburger so they made their menu very simple by selling only Hamburger, cheeseburger, soft drinks French fries and apple 1954 a turning point came in McDonald’s brother history. Ray Kroc a seller of Multitier milkshake visited McDonald and he liked the idea of McDonald. McDonalds corporation was built in those times and as a result Kroc started expanding their business by opening franchises for mcdonalds.1960 McDonald’s advertising campaign “look for the golden arches” gave McDonald’s sale a big boost.1965 McDonald corporation went 1968 McDonald open its 1000th restaurant.1974 McDonalds started their business in UK and 1980 McDonalds was facing very big competition from its rival Burger King and Wendy but McDonald with its innovation was experiencing boost in its early and mid-nineties McDonalds was having decline in their sales and as a result they start improving their business. Taste was improved and some new menu items were introduced. McDonald introduced first Kosher McDonald in Jerusalem and Halal McDonalds in India (1995 and 1996 respectively). McDonald start creating healthy image and invested heavily on refurbishment in...

Words: 531 - Pages: 3

Premium Essay

The King

...Metamorphosis of King Lear Through the course of the play, King Lear goes through a process of attaining self-knowledge. With this knowledge, he goes through a metamorphosis of person, much like a caterpillar's change into a butterfly. In the beginning, King Lear's vanity, and the image and exercise of power dominate his person. But a series of losses (based on his own bad decisions), a wise "fool", a powerful storm, a seemingly crazy man, and the death of one who truly loved him clear his vision and allow him to see himself and the world as they truly are. The pain and suffering endured by Lear eventually tears down his strength and sanity. Lear is not as strong, arrogant, and filled with pride as he seems in the beginning of the play. Instead he a is weak, scared and confused old man. At the end of the play Lear has completely lost his sanity with the loss of his daughter, Cordelia and this is the breaking point that leads Lear to his death. In the beginning, King Lear shows his need for praise is how he chooses to divide his kingdom among his daughters. The one who praises him with the most "love" shall receive the largest area of land. This is even more evident when considering that Lear already has divided up the kingdom before the praising even begins, as he gives each daughter her land before hearing the next daughter's praise. Thus the entire arbitration is just a show and an ego boost to himself. It is because of his love for praise that makes him react so......

Words: 1406 - Pages: 6

Free Essay

Oedipus Rex

...Oedipus Rex 9) Write down at least three similarities and three differences between these two plays. Both King Lear and Oedipus Rex have similarities as well as differences. There are many ways in which the two plays can be linked however there are also comparisons between the plays as a whole, the characters, themes and imagery. King Lear and Oedipus Rex are both tragedies which involve a tragic ending for both protagonists Lear and Oedipus. Lear dies at the end showing remorse for disowning Cordelia who truly loved him and Oedipus pokes out his eyes after realising what has happened and what he has done. He also leaves Thebes and is portrayed to be guilty and hating his life. Therefore he pokes out his eyes leaving him to “walk through a cloud of darkness and it will last forever”. This shows how remorseful he is feeling which is also present in King Lear as Lear realises the mistake he committed by disowning Cordelia. As he holds her he points to her as if saying she is alive which shows he wants her to be alive. King Lear and Oedipus Rex also contain the mutual theme of blindness which is both metaphorical and physical. The protagonists of the story are metaphorically blind not seeing what is happening to them, which proves them to be gullible and vulnerable. The theme of blindness to the truth is represented in both plays. Just how King Lear is blinded by Goneril and Regan’s fake statement of their love for him, Oedipus is also blinded, however he is......

Words: 461 - Pages: 2