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What is the moral of "Oedipus Rex" and role of the chorus?
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The moral of the play is that you cannot escape fate, no matter how hard you try. Jocasta and Laius thought they could outsmart fate by exposing their infant son to the elements, which would lead to his death. They didn't count on fate's stepping in and having a kind-hearted shepherd give the baby to another shepherd, who eventually gave the child to King Polybos. Oedipus, thinking he was the son of Polybos, would never imagine killing his own father. But that's what he did when he killed Laius. And everyone was horrified when they learned that fate had succeeded in fully carrying out the prophecy by having Oedipus marrying and have children with his own mother.
To paraphrase the old commercial, "It's not nice to fool Fate!"
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Posted by linda-allen on April 27, 2009 at 4:06 AM (Answer #1)
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