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Oedipus demonstrates that he accepts responsibility for murdering Laius, his father, and marrying Jocasta, his mother, by blinding himself with pins that he sticks into eyes. Before the truth was...

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OEDIPUS. Children, it were not meet that I should learnFrom others, and am hither come, myself,I Oedipus, your world-renowned king. It's clear from early in the Oedipus trilogy of plays—Oedipus...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2020, 8:43 pm (UTC)

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At the opening of Sophocles' Oedipus the King, we learn that Thebes is being ravaged by a terrible plague. Oedipus, the king of Thebes, has sent his brother-in-law, Creon, to Delphi to consult the...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2011, 1:02 am (UTC)

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Storylines may be the same, but the translation and presentation of the storyline can create totally different interpretations...and therefore suspense. The Oedipus Trilogy (especially Oedipus Rex...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2010, 1:44 pm (UTC)

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The audience reaction to a Greek tragedy is always a combined sense of pity and superiority. The chorus praises Oedipus, but he is a Tragic Hero, and thus destined to fall because of his hubris...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2008, 1:00 am (UTC)

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It is important to remember that Teiresias' role as a prophet in Greek culture is ironic but the emphasis on "seeing the truth" and the ability of even one who is blind to see what is right or "the...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2014, 12:17 am (UTC)

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Sophocles expected his audience to know the myth of Oedipus and to be familiar with the members of the House of Thebes. Much of Oedipus Rex depends on irony, both situational and verbal. The...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2008, 11:11 pm (UTC)

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In short, the people of Thebes are in a pretty bad way at the beginning of the trilogy. The Priest of Zeus tells Oedipus, their king, For, as thou seest thyself, our ship of State, Sore buffeted,...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2018, 7:18 pm (UTC)

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There are two plays by Sophocles in which Oedipus appears as a main character, namely Oedipus Rex and Oedipus at Colonus. A third play by Sophocles, Antigone, deals with Oedipus's daughters and the...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2019, 1:01 pm (UTC)

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I assume you're referring to the opening scene in Oedipus Rex, where we hear the despair of the the Chorus. They have gathered outside of Oedipus's palace to beg their king to once again save...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2010, 5:00 pm (UTC)

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My vote would be for Oedipus. I would rather have a leader with some initiative, one who is willing to work and to put his mind to improving society as a whole. While he is easily angered and...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2008, 7:48 pm (UTC)

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Note: One thing we need to keep in mind about the so-called Oedipus trilogy is that Oedipus the King, Antigone, and Oedipus at Colonus were all staged in different years. Antigone actually appeared...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2012, 11:45 am (UTC)

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Creon’s life is spared when his son Haemon tries to kill him with a sword after he discovers Antigone has killed herself rather than submit to Creon’s punishment to be buried alive, he begins to...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2007, 7:45 pm (UTC)

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The play gives classic tragic archetypes. According to Northrop Frye Theory of Archetypes: Oedipus is the Alazon, an imposter who sees himself greater than he really is, he who is self-deceived,...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2010, 7:12 am (UTC)

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As you haven't mentioned which particular scene you are referring to, I'll address how the choragos functions in the play as a whole and why his presence is significant. The choragos is the leader...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2016, 2:46 am (UTC)

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The baby was found by a shepherd lying in the wilderness. Leaving an unwanted baby to die in the wilderness was a common practice in the days of ancient Greece. The reason Oedipus was left in the...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2008, 4:12 am (UTC)

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Yes, I believe that since they are humans, and not gods, the Chorus is therefore biased. (In fact, even the Greek gods were quite biased). The role of the Chorus in the Oedipus trilogy changes...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2010, 4:00 am (UTC)

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Oedipus is horrified that he has killed his father. He explains to the chorus that the reason he has blinded himself is so that he won't have to meet his father's eyes in death. He is shamed and...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2007, 9:56 am (UTC)

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I would echo the previous post's sentiments. The motif of blindness is present throughout the play to emphasize the notion of "sight." Tiresias is blind, but is able to "see" the future and what...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2009, 7:56 pm (UTC)

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The gods play multiple roles in the lives of the characters involved in the Oedipus Myth. First, King Laius and Queen Jocasta take their baby to the Oracle, and this Oracle predicts that Oedipus...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2008, 12:49 pm (UTC)

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Critic Northrop Frye says: Tragic heroes are so much the highest point in their human landscape that they seem the inevitable conductors of the power about them, great trees more likely to be...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2009, 9:59 pm (UTC)

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First, we should note that Oedipus Tyrannus and Oedipus at Colonus were not parts of a trilogy, as they were not originally performed together, but rather two plays Sophocles wrote at different...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2016, 4:26 am (UTC)

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A good way of responding to this question would be to think of how the thematic concerns of this trilogy reflect some of the chief preoccupations of Greek culture. One of these that we can clearly...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2012, 1:36 pm (UTC)

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The term "Oedipus trilogy" is actually incorrect. In antiquity, a trilogy was a group of plays performed together at a festival. The standard format was three tragedies followed by a satyr play....

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018, 6:23 pm (UTC)

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