Did Oedipus Rex ever sleep with his mother?In the story I've read, they say an oracle or forseer told him that he would kill his father and sleep with his mother. I wanted to know if he ever slept...

Did Oedipus Rex ever sleep with his mother?

In the story I've read, they say an oracle or forseer told him that he would kill his father and sleep with his mother. I wanted to know if he ever slept with her because my story didn't even go into detail about everything that happened.

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I don't mean to be crude, but no -- fictional characters don't have sex. However, in the story, Oedipus and Jocasta live together as man and wife, king and queen, for years after his father is declared dead. The story depends on this fact and the oracle's prophecy depends on it. It wouldn't be a tragedy, and Oedipus would not blind himself (he would say "whew!" and move on. Most seriously, however, you must separate literary, dramatic details from physiological reality.

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