Oedipus the King

Topics: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Greek mythology Pages: 3 (1082 words) Published: December 21, 2012
Oedipus the King is a old tragedy play by Sophocles. It is about Oedipus, the King of Thebes realizing his destiny of killing his father Laius and marrying his mother Jocasta. In this play, Oedipus plays as a tragic hero by being ''a virtuous man brought from prosperity to adversity." (Aristotle) As the son of Laius, King of Thebes, Oedipus is given up by his father once he is born as Apollo, the God of Truth, sends an oracle at Delphi to Laius that he would die at the hands of his son. Oedipus is then sent to another city, Cornith, where King Polybus raises him as his own blood. According to the myth, Oedipus is a very loving son. He leaves Cornith after knowing the oracle from Apollo about killing his father and marrying his mother. He wishes the best for his parents and doesn't want them to suffer. Also, from the beginning of the play, Oedipus shows as a prosperous and good-hearted man. His caring and love can be shown in sending Creon the oracle of Apollo in order to ''learn what I might do or say to save our city'' (83-4) from the plague. In Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes, it tells that Oedipus sees himself as the father of the whole state, the misery and suffering are his too. That explains why Oedipus is very well respected by his people in Thebes. He is embraced by his people and they name him ''first of men'' (41) . He is praised as triumph as the god as the people comments, ''A god was with you'' (48). He is also a very loving father and husband. He has two children with Jocasta, the former wife of the previous king Laius. Oedipus is also very intelligent and courageous by setting Thebes free from the Sphinx. The Sphinx is a frightful monster shaped like a winged lion but with the breast and face of a woman, who blocks all ways to Thebes. The Sphinx puts a riddle to whoever want to go to Thebes, but no one can solve the riddle. Thus, the Thebans faces famine. When Oedipus hears about it, he is...
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