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Oedipus Rex - Most Renowned Tragedy of All Time

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Oedipus Rex is one of the most renowned tragedies of all time in part because of its direct paradoxes but mostly due to it’s touching of several major themes. In this play, Sophocles chooses Oedipus as the hero (if he is to be called that) and manages to convey many of broad perspectives of Ancient Greek life. Oedipus deals with the oracle in many contrasting ways, which lead to this specific unfolding of events, which we will discover is not in his hands. The protagonist of the play Oedipus is the son of king Laius and Queen Jocasta of Thebes. Oedipus is abandoned by his parents as they learned from the oracles that their son will kill his father and marry his mother. However, the fate hasn’t changed. Oedipus was saved by a couple. As Oedipus gets older he consults the oracle and they tell him the same thing. Not wanting to harm his parents, Oedipus runs away. On his way to Thebes where the three roads meet he gets into a quarrel with an old man and kills him without knowing that it was his biological father. As Oedipus arrives to Thebes, he helps them solve all the problem...

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how oedipus rex is one of the most renowned tragedies of all time in part because of its direct paradoxes but mostly due to its touching of several major themes.
  • Analyzes how oedipus becomes the king of thebes and marries jocasta's biological mother. he promises to find the murderer of laius and banishes him.
  • Opines that oedipus is not fully responsible for his downfall, since his destiny was pre-determined by the oracles. he lived as a normal man who couldn't determine his future.
  • Analyzes how oedipus contributed to his downfall in a certain way. he kept insisting for discovering the truth about the murderer of laius even when the prophet didn't want to tell him.
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