Oedipus Complex : Oedipus The King

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The term “Oedipus complex” (or, less commonly, Oedipal complex), explains the strong emotions and ideas that the mind keeps deep within the unconscious of where a child, most notably male, is attracted to his own mother in a sexual nature. In society, incest is looked down upon because it crosses the forbidden zone, the desire for sexual relations, which deviates from the traditional parent-to-child relationship. This term was coined after the ancient Greek tragedy, Oedipus the King. The original script was first written around 429 B.C, by Sophocles. He was most famously known to be one of the three ancient Greek tragedians whose plays have survived to this day. Knowing that he is a playwright who specializes in writing about the human condition and suffering, I speculate that he wanted to create something different and radical at that time. I think the reason why would anyone create a play based on a man who kills his own father and later to commit adultery with his own mother, only to later realize it and punishes himself by gouging both of his own eyes out, is to bring the ultimate reaction out of spectators. It does so by having ideas that are completely taboo, such as murder and incest, in a somewhat comedic ironic tragedy. Another aspect to why Sophocles would write something like Oedipus the King is to outline a recurring theme within the tragic tale itself: you can not escape fate for what it is. This theme of inescapable fate can be shown when Oedipus’s father, Laius, was given a prophecy that his son would kill him and marry his wife; in a desperate attempt to avoid his foretold fate, when Oedipus was born, he abandoned him on the mountainside to die. It was ironic because we soon later realized that it was in fact Oe... ... middle of paper ... ...age to add novelty. At last, I would like to keep the recurring theme of inescapable fate stay the same since it is still important, especially as every bad choice in life, will eventually come with consequences later in life In conclusion, Oedipus the King was an ironic tragedy that tackled radical concepts of murder and incest. Because of those two things, it was successful with getting a reaction out of everyone: Going down in history as one of the most beloved tragic tales. My own initial reaction to this play made curious on the psychological effects one would have if they killed their own father and marry their mother afterwards. I for one envisioned my own production as something more modern and relatable because in the end, one’s own destiny could never be changed no matter what, even if you believe you could do so, it was part of the fate’s plan all along.
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