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Oedipus Rex
     

Oedipus Rex

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by Sophocles
 

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To Laius, King of Thebes, an oracle foretold that the child born to him by his queen Jocasta would slay his father and wed his mother. So when in time a son was born the infant's feet were riveted together and he was left to die on Mount Cithaeron. But a shepherd found the babe and tended him, and delivered him to another shepherd who took him to his master, the King

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To Laius, King of Thebes, an oracle foretold that the child born to him by his queen Jocasta would slay his father and wed his mother. So when in time a son was born the infant's feet were riveted together and he was left to die on Mount Cithaeron. But a shepherd found the babe and tended him, and delivered him to another shepherd who took him to his master, the King of Corinth. Polybus being childless adopted the boy, who grew up believing that he was indeed the King's son. Afterwards doubting his parentage he inquired of the Delphic god and heard himself the word declared before to Laius. Wherefore he fled from what he deemed his father's house and in his flight he encountered and unwillingly slew his father Laius. Arriving at Thebes he answered the riddle of the Sphinx and the grateful Thebans made their deliverer king. So he reigned in the room of Laius, and espoused the widowed queen. Children were born to them and Thebes prospered under his rule, but again a grievous plague fell upon the city. Again the oracle was consulted and it bade them purge themselves of blood-guiltiness. Oedipus denounces the crime of which he is unaware, and undertakes to track out the criminal. Step by step it is brought home to him that he is the man. The closing scene reveals Jocasta slain by her own hand and Oedipus blinded by his own act and praying for death or exile.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940014955737
Publisher:
Ublu Tuba
Publication date:
07/18/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
92
Sales rank:
660,247
File size:
1 MB

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Oedipus Rex 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oedipus Rex This book was a strange story featuring abundant dramatic irony, or irony the reader sees but not the characters. The book featured suspense, plot twists, and a relatively immersive story line. It was well written, and is a classic to this day. It did deal with issues such as murder and incest which might turn some readers away, but overall it was a decent read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a 13 year old, and although the tanslation has a broad vocabulary, by reading it carefully I understood it- to be a fantastic Greek play, which I highly recommend. It's the ultimate 'soap-opera'/play, complete with incest, murder, suicide, self mutilation, exile, and war.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oedipus Rex is one of the most interesting plays, I have read in my AP English class. This was very sad, and it showed a lot of Dramatic Irony.
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TaniyaB More than 1 year ago
Oedipus Rex is an extremely interesting play that is impacted with intense emotions and actions, especially due to Oedipus’ tragic flaws that are a part of his hamartia. Sophocles’ play is about a young man Oedipus who is the king of Thebes. In the opening of his play, he looks over his people who are suffering from a plague. A priest informs him that this terrible event is occurring in their city-state because no one avenged the previous king’s death nor did they find his murderer. Oedipus, illustrating the qualities of a loyal and active king, vows to find the person who murdered King Laius, the previous king, and punish him for his sins. Little does he know that he is the murderer of King Laius, and his son, as well. When the dramatic irony intensifies, the audience realizes that Oedipus does not know of his true origins nor the prophecy that has led him to present day. It should be no surprise to the audience that Oedipus will eventually lead himself to his own downfall. However, it is the pathway to this final point that is interesting to analyze. The writing style, since this play is an old text, is difficult to comprehend with but not impossible.  The diction and tone surely help the plot move forward, as it hints of Oedipus’ downfall throughout the play. The theme, in my opinion, is that one cannot avoid or change the fate that he or she is destined to follow. He or she must cope with what the future has in store.
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Im 12 and reading a great level of grades above mine and thoght this was a verey great play. I would recomend it also. But i also have to defend oedipus, i mean he tried to run from it but in the end fate wins over hope, he kills his father and marrys his mother.
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This book was a very good novel that i enjoyed reading and i couldn't put it down. And that means it was GOOD!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It may seem sick for a man to kill his father and marry his mother, but this novel is a work of art by Sophocles. Read it and discuss it with more than one person. Great School material.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What are the odds? That's all I can say about Oedipus. He is a victim of bad fate. I feel bad for the guy. It's kind of hard to understand the language of the text, but if you pay close attention, it is a work of art. I suggest reading it twice in case you missed something when you read the first time. Or discuss it.