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Oedipus Rex

The moral of Oedipus Rex is that it is useless to try to escape the power of fate. Oedipus's attempt to bypass the prophecy which states he will kill his father and sleep with his mother ironically...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2020, 11:15 am (UTC)

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Oedipus's act of blinding himself symbolically represents his ignorant decision to dismiss Teiresias's intimate knowledge of his past, by purposefully overlooking his message and the signs which...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2017, 3:30 pm (UTC)

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Oedipus Rex

Pride, also called hubris, is the cause of Oedipus's downfall. On a human level, it is pride that causes Oedipus to unknowingly kill his father, Laius, on the road to Thebes. His sense of pride—his...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2019, 12:28 am (UTC)

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In Oedipus Rex, there are different kinds of sight and blindness present throughout the cast. Tiresias is literally blind, yet he is the only character who "sees" the truth. He knows who Oedipus is...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2019, 3:50 am (UTC)

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Oedipus Rex

The tragic downfall of Oedipus in Sophocles's Oedipus Rex is Oedipus's belief, based on his overwhelming pride (what the ancient Greeks called hubris),that by exercising his own free will, he can...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2020, 5:57 pm (UTC)

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Oedipus Rex

The unfortunate Oedipus in Sophocles's play Oedipus Rex learns far too late that he has fulfilled a prophecy made at his birth. He has killed his father and married his mother. Of course, he...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2021, 5:20 pm (UTC)

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Oedipus Rex

The closing scene of Oedipus Rex reminds us why Oedipus is regarded as a hero. After gouging out his own eyes in response to the shocking revelation that he killed his own father and married his...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2021, 11:28 am (UTC)

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In determining the themes of Sophocles's Oedipus Rex, it's important to understand the distinction between a theme and a motif. A theme is a dominant central idea, message, or moral that the...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2019, 7:12 pm (UTC)

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One could argue that King Oedipus is a victim of fate in Sophocle's classic play and that there was no way he could avoid his destiny. As a child, King Laius and Jocasta consulted an oracle, who...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2019, 12:42 am (UTC)

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At the end of Oedipus Rex, Oedipus blinds himself, and he asks for his daughters, Antigone and Ismene, to be brought to him. It's interesting that he doesn't ask for his sons, Eteocles and...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2020, 11:02 pm (UTC)

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Oedipus Rex

Oedipus Rex reminds us of the blindness and arrogance of the powerful. This message is still relevant today. Oedipus is a king who has at his disposal the ability to find out what is causing a...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2017, 2:22 am (UTC)

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Most texts, if they utilize irony, will use one or two types. Oedipus Rex, therefore, is unique because it implements all three types of irony in fundamental ways. The primary irony in the play...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2018, 11:13 pm (UTC)

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Not a man on earth can see a day ahead, groping through the dark. Better to live at random, best we can. This quotation, from Jocasta, illustrates the metaphorical blindness that afflicts many of...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2020, 7:57 am (UTC)

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Many years prior to the events portrayed in Sophocles's Oedipus Rex, the Oracle foretells that Oedipus would kill his father, Laius, King of Thebes, and marry his mother, Queen Jocasta. In order to...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2019, 7:55 pm (UTC)

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If anyone gets the blame here, I think it should be the gods who determined Oedipus fate to begin with. Though Oedipus may deserve some blame for rashly killing the man who blocked his way on the...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2012, 9:50 pm (UTC)

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The plot structure of Oedipus Rex, written by Sophocles and first performed around 429 BCE, is fundamentally linked to the essential elements of tragedy and the tragic hero's journey through the...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2019, 5:08 pm (UTC)

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It is actually Laius, Oedipus’s birth father, who is cursed and is responsible for the curse on his descendants, and this results in Oedipus’s tragic fate. When Laius’s father, Labdacus, the king...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2020, 1:34 pm (UTC)

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Everything that happens to Oedipus in Sophocles's Oedipus Rex happens as a result of the will of the gods. The changes in Oedipus's life, from his birth to his tragic downfall and exile, are the...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2020, 4:38 pm (UTC)

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If there’s one overriding idea in Oedipus Rex it’s that on no account do you ever mess with the gods. As with countless other Greek tragedies, Oedipus Rex shows us that the will of the gods cannot...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2020, 10:39 am (UTC)

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In lines 25–27, the Priest of Zeus uses metaphors to compare Thebes, the city, to a ship and death to the ocean that threatens her. He says, " For our city, as you yourself can see, / is badly...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2019, 12:40 pm (UTC)

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After receiving the news from Creon that the plague will continue to ravage Thebes until the murderer of Laius is driven from the city, Oedipus petitions the blind prophet Tiresias to identify the...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2019, 4:24 pm (UTC)

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There are three such unities: the unity of time, the unity of place, and the unity of action. The unity of time means that everything takes place within a space of twenty-four hours or fewer. From...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2020, 11:53 am (UTC)

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Oedipus Rex is set in the ancient Greek city-state of Thebes. Or, to be more precise, it's set in front of the Theban royal palace. Ancient Greek playwrights were sticklers for the three unities of...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2018, 11:30 am (UTC)

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When Oedipus discovers the truth, he goes mad. Finding that he has fulfilled the prophecy (laying with his mother and killing his father) is compounded by the presence of his children, who are now...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2013, 1:43 pm (UTC)

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Oedipus Rex

Oedipus Rex is an ancient Greek tragedy by Sophocles. The inciting incident is when Oedipus sends Creon, his brother-in-law, to ask the oracle at Delphi for advice on the plague victimizing Thebes....

Latest answer posted January 28, 2020, 6:35 pm (UTC)

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Oedipus the King opens with a priest describing the terrible plague that has come upon Thebes and begging Oedipus for help. Oedipus replies that he is more eager than anyone to find out the cause...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2020, 2:47 pm (UTC)

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The characters in Sophocles's play Oedipus Rex are quick to blame prophecy for the tragedies that befall them, but in reality, the responsibility lies firmly on human shoulders. First and foremost,...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2021, 1:48 am (UTC)

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This is what Aristotle meant in Poetics regarding katharsis, the purgation of pity and fear: Tragedy, then, is an imitation of an action that is serious, complete, and of a certain magnitude; in...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2010, 11:58 pm (UTC)

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Two predominant conflicts in Oedipus Rex are Human against Fate and Human against Self. All through the play, Oedipus, in a Human against Fate conflict, is unwittingly chasing the very fate he...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2011, 12:17 pm (UTC)

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Teiresias seems to hesitate to tell Oedipus the truth about his real identity because the prophet knows that it will only bring pain and upset to the king and his family. He says, Alas, alas, what...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2019, 10:03 pm (UTC)

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Hubris can be defined as an individual's excessive pride and overconfidence. A character suffering from hubris attempts to overstep their limits and typically violates a moral code. In Sophocles's...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2020, 10:55 pm (UTC)

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The most predominant conflict in Oedipus Rex is character vs. fate. Oedipus was born to a cursed family and was therefore cursed himself. According to myth, King Laius was King Pelops' charge....

Latest answer posted November 7, 2012, 8:06 am (UTC)

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The answer already given is excellent, but I will take this in another direction: Oedipus Rex has a special place in our society particularly because it has given us, via Sigmund Freud, the term...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2016, 11:36 am (UTC)

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Oedipus is a strong ruler who earns the kingship of Thebes after he solves the riddle of the Sphinx who plagued the city, causing the Sphinx to commit suicide. This showed Oedipus' intelligence and...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2020, 1:34 pm (UTC)

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Oedipus Rex

In this Athenian tragedy by Sophocles, Oedipus chooses to blind himself after it is revealed that he has, as foretold by a prophecy, killed his father and slept with his mother. Oedipus cannot bare...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2018, 8:44 pm (UTC)

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On the surface, the problem afflicting Thebes is a plague. But, when Oedipus sends Creon to discover the source of the plague, he learns it springs from a moral problem: the murderer of Laius, the...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2017, 9:01 am (UTC)

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There are many morals one could derive from Oedipus Rex in order to describe its purpose, but the most important one is related to its didactic function of teaching the audience the dangers of...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2020, 10:45 am (UTC)

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Oedipus's good qualities include his desire for justice and his will to save the people of Thebes from the plague that is devastating them. He is a strong and responsible leader who wants to...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2019, 4:56 pm (UTC)

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The chorus in Greek plays served several purposes. This group of around twelve men in masks sometimes played small roles, sang and danced, and served as a group of citizens. In the case of the...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2016, 7:11 pm (UTC)

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In his great tragedy, Oedipus Rex, Sophocles employs the dramatic techniques of foreshadowing, symbolism and irony. In form, he also employs the Chorus for various purposes. Foreshadowing While...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2013, 9:30 am (UTC)

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A foil is a character who contrasts the protagonist to highlight the main character's qualities and traits. In Sophocles's classic play Oedipus the King, Creon serves as Oedipus's foil. Creon is...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2020, 6:57 pm (UTC)

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King Oedipus displays his pride by believing that he can triumph over his fate and establish his own destiny despite the gods' ultimate design. Oedipus is unaware of his background and does not...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2019, 3:57 pm (UTC)

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The oracle tells Oedipus that he will murder his father and marry his mother. A horrified Oedipus decides to leave home for good so that this prophecy could not come true. What the oracle did not...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2008, 5:30 am (UTC)

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The final speech of the Chorus looks back to reinforce one of the lessons of the play -- that the future is beyond human knowledge:Ye men of Thebes, behold this Œdipus, .... And, lo! in what...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2008, 5:12 am (UTC)

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One type of sight that Oedipus steadfastly refuses to employ throughout Sophocles's Oedipus Rex is introspection. Oedipus refuses to look inside himself for answers to the questions affecting...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2020, 9:24 pm (UTC)

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The shepherd did the one thing that enabled the dire prophecy of the Delphic oracle to eventually come true. When Oedipus was born, the oracle had predicted that he would grow up to kill his...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2015, 6:17 pm (UTC)

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Like many great kings, Oedipus has many good qualities. First, he learns of the prophecy that he is to grow up and kill his father and marry his mother. Not knowing that he is adopted, Oedipus...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2010, 2:56 am (UTC)

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It is Apollo, the son of Zeus and God of Light, who initially delivers the prophecy, at Oedipus' birth, that Oedipus will murder his father and marry his mother. This prophecy has faded into...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2019, 4:45 am (UTC)

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Oedipus Rex

This quote, spoken by Jocasta to her husband/son Oedipus, occurs late in the play, in Part II. The quote that you included reads: Fear? What should a man fear? Is all chance, chance rules our...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2017, 4:52 pm (UTC)

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The last lines are a lesson and a warning about fate, spoken by the chorus. In modern American terms, they might be paraphrased as "It isn't over til it's over," a sentiment that says a football...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2017, 11:45 am (UTC)

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