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An Analysis and Comparison of Modern Tragedy in Drama

the former King. Once Oedipus becomes aware of this fact his whole persona and world unravel as further truths become inherently evident. He must face the reality that destiny drove the outcome of his life; and his inability to heed the advice of Jocasta, his wife and mother, who pleads “In God’s name I beg you—no.3” results in his fall from greatness and virtue. These two stories therefore illustrate the climax in manners described by Aristotle who argues, “The middle, or climax, must be caused by...

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Oedipus Rex Study

memory? 8. What eyewitness to the murder of Laios still exists? What is foreshadowed by the servant's request to leave Teiresias as soon as he discovers Oedipus on the throne? 9. Compare Oedipus' version of his oracle with the oracle given Jocasta and Laois about their son. Why does Sophocles reveal "both oracles" in the same episode? 10. What is revealed about Oedipus' personality by his description of the encounter he had with the old man where the three roads meet? 11. Oedipus begins...

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Quiz on Oedipus the King

When was this play written (which century)? Round 4: 1. Who said these words: “Nothing can penetrate the future”. 2. Who is the third in line to the throne in Thebes? 3. How did Jocasta say killed Laius? 4. Towards the end of the play who is the key witness that they are searching for? 5. How does Jocasta kill herself? Bonus Q: Describe exactly what the Sphinx is? Round 5: 1. Who said: “Time is a great healer, you will see.” 2. Why does Oedipus choose not to commit suicide but to live...

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Oedipus Rex Criticism

the King is undefined, there are many criticisms and interpretations of Sophocles’ story. I believe Kurt Fasso’s criticism of this play is valid for several reasons: the man Oedipus killed may not have been his father, Oedipus may not have been Jocasta and Laius’ son, and since Laius had more than one son, this may have been his brothers’ fate. Lack of concrete evidence conveys that the identification of Oedipus is incredibly significant. Identification is crucial when deciding if Laius was...

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Gods vs. Mortals in Oedipus Rex & the Bacchae

he is even king. The god Apollo determines that when Oedipus grows up, he will kill his father and marry his mother. When Oedipus is only an infant, a prophet tells his parents, King Laius and Queen Jocasta, the prophesized fate of their son. They take this prophecy seriously. Laius and Jocasta respond by binding his feet and giving him to a shepherd, with instructions to leave him on a mountain to die. They now believe that they have defied the prophecy and have overcome the treacherous fate...

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Sophocles, Oedipus the King

could only speak of one thing; how there were many robbers, and this king was killed by many. Now Oedipus goes on trying to solve this murder in order to help his city. He soon will learn of Creon turning against him. He then turns to his wife Jocasta to help him better understand events that lead up to the death of Lauis, and to understand more about the death of Lauis. After this is done you start to get an understanding of what this play is really about. The notions of fate and free-will...

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Oedipus Rex Part I

see into the future sinuous wiles (line 565): devious tricks Characters Take a look at the list of characters from the play (the dramatis personae): Oedipus, king of Thebes Creon, brother of Jocasta Teiresias, a soothsayer Priest of Zeus Messenger from Corinth Shepherd Second Messenger Jocasta, wife of Oedipus Chorus of Priests and Suppliants Note that last one, the chorus. In a Greek play, the chorus is made up of a group of actors who recite dialogue and sing songs. The chorus can be...

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The Truth of Oedipus

by a blind prophet, Jocasta, and a servant. I. The blind prophet presents Oedipus with the fate that was cast to him years ago. A. Tiresias is brought in to help decipher Apollo’s message. B. Tiresias claims Oedipus is the murderer. C. Oedipus’ ignorance keeps him from hearing the truth. II. Oedipus’ wife, Jocasta, comes in to talk with him. A. Jocasta tells him the story of hearing the fate of son. B. Oedipus refuses to recognize the coincidences. C. Jocasta does not want Oedipus...

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Oedipus The King Summary

children, and the son of his own wife. After Tiresias leaves, Oedipus threatens Creon with death or exile for conspiring with the prophet. Oedipus’s wife, Jocasta (also the widow of King Laius), enters and asks why the men shout at one another. Oedipus explains to Jocasta that the prophet has charged him with Laius’s murder, and Jocasta replies that all prophecies are false. As proof, she notes that the Delphic oracle once told Laius he would be murdered by his son, when in fact his son was cast...

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Oedipus the King

beginning of the play Apollo’s oracle at Delphi predestined King Laius future. It was that, he was fated to be murdered by his own son, and also his son was fated to marry his mother and have sons.(631) So when his first son (Oedipus) born Laius and Jocasta decided to kill him trying to avoid the oracles prophecies. He sends a shepherd to kill his son Oedipus, but the kindly shepherd decided not to kill the boy and he gave the baby boy to another shepherd who was a shepherd that works to the King of...

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