Viva La Vida Analysis
Oedipus is an example of a Greek tragedy. Using your book or notes, identify the traits of tragedy, tragic hero and tragic flaw. After listening to Coldplay’s Viva La Vida, use the lyrics to determine if the song also qualifies as a tragedy.
1. In your own words, tell the king’s story.
2. What details are provided to argue that the king might be a tragic hero?
3. Describe the king’s tragic flaw?
4. What lines in the final stanza allow you to believe that the king has changed.
5. How is this song relate to the other archetypal stories we read?