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As Oedipus begins to realize that he might be the one who killed Laius at the fork in the road, Jocasta reassures him that oracles and prophecies are not true. She tells him that although the...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2020, 11:01 pm (UTC)

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In Greek mythology, Laius, king of Thebes, consulted the oracles and was told that he would have a son. This son was going to kill him. Consequently, when his son was born, he had him taken into...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2016, 2:03 am (UTC)

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Teiresias has been summoned to Thebes by Oedipus to give his insight into the current situation regarding the investigation of the murder of Laius, Oedipus's predecessor as king of Thebes. For...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2020, 2:45 am (UTC)

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Oedipus vows to the people of Thebes that he will find Laius's murderer and save them from the famine and plague they're enduring. He's impatient to solve the mystery and prove that he deserves the...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2020, 5:57 pm (UTC)

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The Chorus of Theban Elders in Oedipus Rex are on stage at all times on a lower level from the principal actors. Since there is no curtain in Greek theatre, their choral odes and dances serve to...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2013, 3:23 am (UTC)

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Creon comes back from the Oracle with the news that the plague in Thebes will be lifted when Laius's murderer is brought to justice. Oedipus, at this point, takes matters into this own hands and...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2019, 7:07 pm (UTC)

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Jocasta's hamartia, or fatal flaw, is that she thinks she has beaten the gods. When she and her husband learn that it is prophesied that their newborn son is destined to kill his father and marry...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2019, 4:32 pm (UTC)

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In one version of the ancient Oedipus myth, a servant of the house of King Laius of Thebes is tasked by Laius with taking the baby boy of Laius and his wife Jocasta into the mountains and leaving...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2020, 2:55 pm (UTC)

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Oedipus of Oedipus Rex is famous for two actions the oracle foretold about him: he killed his father and married his mother. He didn't mean to do either one, but the point of the play is that...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2019, 9:10 pm (UTC)

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The concept of Hell is a Christian one and Oedipus Rex was first performed ca. 429 BC, over 400 years before the birth of Christ; therefore it does not mention Hell. The notion of an afterlife was...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2016, 7:22 am (UTC)

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According to Aristotle a tragic hero is a person of good birth who possesses the following traits: They suffer from hubris or pride. They make a mistake in judgment. Their circumstances change...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2019, 5:27 pm (UTC)

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In their 1678 version of Oedipus, John Dryden and Nathaniel Lee retain much of the central plot, which revolves around the fate of Oedipus as predicted by an oracle. However, Dryden and Lee changed...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2019, 6:18 pm (UTC)

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The main conflict in Oedipus is in determining who is he. To put it another way, the main conflict in Oedipus is one of self-discovery. A little background information is necessary. The play opens...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2011, 7:06 am (UTC)

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For many years there's been a fairly intense debate raging in academia as to precisely what constitutes Oedipus's tragic flaw. It's not possible to provide a definitive answer to the question here,...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2017, 3:58 pm (UTC)

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Oedipus fulfills several criteria possessed by Aristotle's tragic hero. First, he possesses a tragic flaw: his overweening pride, otherwise known as hubris. Prior to the start of the play, when he...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2020, 6:08 pm (UTC)

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This is a great question. Let me start off with some preliminary points that will help you. First, we need to realize that Greek mythology is very fragmented. Not only are the sources all over the...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2012, 6:41 pm (UTC)

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As the play opens, the priests and citizens of Thebes arrive outside the royal palace. They are distressed, because a plague has come to the city, people are dying, and nobody knows how to stop the...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2020, 10:37 pm (UTC)

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There is an extensive Enotes summary of Sophocles' Oedipus the King shown in the reference links below. The play is often known by its Greek title, Oedipus Tyrannos and even more frequently by the...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2018, 5:35 am (UTC)

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Sophocles was born about 496 BCE in Colonus Hippius, which was outside the walls of Athens at the time Sophocles was born, and is now part of the city of Athens. Sophocles paid tribute to Colonus...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2020, 6:15 pm (UTC)

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Sophocles' plays do speak to the idea of fate, but also to the internal qualities of man which drive him to act. He writes of Oedipus' tragic flaw (pride, thinking he can outwit his predestined...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2012, 12:57 pm (UTC)

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