A Book Log - Oedipus Rex By Sophocles

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Book Log – Oedipus Rex by Sophocles In the play, Oedipus Rex the main character Oedipus faces many internal and external conflicts that result in a terrible tragedy. The main conflict is introduced when Tiresias, a famous blind prophet, tells Oedipus that he is responsible for the plague affecting Thebes. This conflict then causes a desire in Oedipus to find out who his parents are. These conflicts are caused by each other, the plague that affects Thebes prompts Oedipus to visit Tiresias where he gets the urge to find out who his real parents are. The main conflict caused by the play is external, but Oedipus’s desire to find out who his real parents are is an internal conflict. The climax occurs when Oedipus make the decision to ask the shepherd who son he is to see if the prophecy is true and find out who his parents are. The main conflict is not resolved by the end of the story, the plague still affects Thebes. The resolution is appropriate because it shows one of the main themes in the stories, we cannot decide our own fate. Oedipus is the King of Thebes and the protagonist in the plays. He is known to be very intelligent and arrogant especially after he saved Thebes from a sphinx by solving the riddle. He has a strong desire to find out who he really is. Jocasta is Oedipus’s wife and biological mother. She is always calm and very supportive of her husband. Creon Oedipus’s brother in law is very selfish and seeks nothing but Oedipus’s power, and the throne. At the beginning of the play, Creon acts like he does not care about power, but his character changes at the end of the play. When Creon is approached with the chance of becoming king, he becomes extremely eager to hold a place of authority. Jocasta has a scene of epiphany... ... middle of paper ... ...when he himself is a blind to his own life. The setting of the story greatly effects the plot and themes. The story is set in ancient Greece and involves a lot of Greek mythology. For example, the characters are extremely afraid of the Sphinx a mythological creature. The story also heavily incorporates prophecy which is a huge part of ancient Greek culture. Many themes of the story are based on the idea of prophecy and some main characters like Teiresias happen to be prophets. The social environment of ancient Greece was based on religion. The characters and citizens of Thebes often gather together for social gatherings at religious festivals and gatherings. Religion is such a significant part of ancient Greek culture that one of Oedipus’s main concerns is that his daughters will not be able to participate in religious ceremonies, because they are polluted or unholy.

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