Sophocles ' play “Oedipus Tyrannus” is a dramatic murder mystery. His play includes incest, murder and self-enlightenment all leading into the main theme of fate. Athenians believed that fate is not left up to man, but that is provided solely on the whims of the gods. Because of his dramatic approach to his plays Sophocles was considered one of the most brilliant and creative writers of his time.
Sophocles’ play “Oedipus Tyrannus” is about how Athenians view their gods and their fate. Athenians believed that their fate was not left up to man, but that is provided solely on the whims their gods. The interesting aspect of this story is not that one believes that fate is real, but that fate can be changed by not following the predictions of the oracle (seer/mediator for the god. If fate does take place for whatever reason than one took the wrong step in their attempt to change it.
Oedipus was informed by an oracle that he would be the one to murder his father and marry his mother. It is important to know that Oedipus is a descendant of the first King of Thebes and with this several of his relatives have met tragic deaths by taking unwarranted actions into their own hands. Before Oedipus was born his father Laius was told by the same oracle not to have any children by his wife Jocasta which he did anyway. This was not a situation that originated with Oedipus; it seems that this type of fate is destined to be intertwined in this family’s bloodline.
According to an article written by Leigh T. Denault, Sophocles was born in the town of Colonus in 496 B.C. He grew up in a wealthy family; his dad was a weapons manufacturer. During his lifetime, he witnessed such events as the fall of the Athenian Golden Age and the Persian...
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... that she married was in fact or own son or that he was the one who killed her husband. As for Oedipus, gouging out his eyes left him blind but he still had to deal with unknowingly killing his father. In regards to marrying and having children with his mother he was raised by people whom he thought were his parents so by right he did nothing wrong. Another tragic part comes when Oedipus accuses Tiresias of plotting with Creon to overthrow him as king. In his ignorance Oedipus does not realize that once the truth comes out about who killed Laius he will have to appeal to Creons’ better judgement and beg for leniency.
By Sophocles adding more cast members to his play it allows for more dramatic scenes and more interaction between characters. Costumes were more elaborate and increased colorful dialogue or decrease in color made scenes and dialogue more dreadful.
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