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Throughout this mythic story of patricide and incest, Sophocles emphasizes the irony of a man determined to track down, expose, and punish an assassin, who turns out to be himself. As the play opens, the citizens of Thebes beg their king, Oedipus, to lift the plague that threatens to destroy the city.
Oedipus has already sent his brother-in-law, Creon, to the oracle to learn what to do. On his return, Creon announces that the oracle instructs them to find the murderer of Laius, the king who ruled Thebes before Oedipus.
The discovery and punishment of the murderer will end the plague. At once, Oedipus sets about to solve the murder. Summoned by the king, the blind prophet Tiresias at first refuses to speak, but finally accuses Oedipus himself of killing Laius.
Oedipus mocks and rejects the prophet angrily, ordering him to leave, but not before Tiresias hints darkly of an incestuous marriage and a future of blindness, infamy, and wandering.
Oedipus attempts to gain advice from Jocasta, the queen; she encourages him to ignore prophecies, explaining that a prophet once told her that Laius, her husband, would die at the hands of their son. According to Jocasta, the prophecy did not come true because the baby died, abandoned, and Laius himself was killed by a band of robbers at a crossroads.
To learn the truth, Oedipus sends for the only living witness to the murder, a shepherd.
LitCharts makes it easy to find quotes by section, character, and theme. We assign a color and icon like this one to each theme, making it easy to track which themes apply to each quote below. In the play’s opening lines, Oedipus introduces himself with this flourishing pronouncement. He. The prophet Teiresias predicts Oedipus's downfall here by claiming that the king, still on the throne at this moment in the play, "live[s] in foulest shame unconsciously." So his problem is that he's got no awareness of what he's doing. Creon Character Analysis The character of Creon in Sophocles’ play Antigone shares some of the personality flaws and actions described by Plato. Creon was made king when Oedipus Rex fled the kingship. Creon is the brother in law of Oedipus, and was giving the kingship only because Oedipus’s sons, Eteocles and Polyneices were killed.
Another worry haunts Oedipus. As a young man, he learned from an oracle that he was fated to kill his father and marry his mother.
Fear of the prophecy drove him from his home in Corinth and brought him ultimately to Thebes. Again, Jocasta advises him not to worry about prophecies. Jocasta rejoices — surely this is proof that the prophecy Oedipus heard is worthless.
Still, Oedipus worries about fulfilling the prophecy with his mother, Merope, a concern Jocasta dismisses. Overhearing, the messenger offers what he believes will be cheering news.
In fact, the messenger himself gave Oedipus to the royal couple when a shepherd offered him an abandoned baby from the house of Laius.
Oedipus becomes determined to track down the shepherd and learn the truth of his birth. Suddenly terrified, Jocasta begs him to stop, and then runs off to the palace, wild with grief.
Confident that the worst he can hear is a tale of his lowly birth, Oedipus eagerly awaits the shepherd. At first the shepherd refuses to speak, but under threat of death he tells what he knows — Oedipus is actually the son of Laius and Jocasta.
And so, despite his precautions, the prophecy that Oedipus dreaded has actually come true. Realizing that he has killed his father and married his mother, Oedipus is agonized by his fate.
Rushing into the palace, Oedipus finds that the queen has killed herself. Tortured, frenzied, Oedipus takes the pins from her gown and rakes out his eyes, so that he can no longer look upon the misery he has caused.The opening scene of Sophocles’ play Oedipus Rex reveals a number of aspects of Oedipus' character or personality, including the following: As a leader, Oedipus seems genuinely concerned for his.
Creon shows up in all three of Sophocles' Theban plays, and goes through quite a transformation over the course of the story. In Oedipus the King, he seems like a totally rational guy.
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Antigone, the daughter of the cursed King Oedipus, as well as Creon, stately king of Thebes, both appear as the key figures in this historic play. Oedipus Rex, also known by its Greek title, Oedipus Tyrannus (Ancient Greek: Οἰδίπους Τύραννος IPA: [oidípuːs týranːos]), or Oedipus the King, is an Athenian tragedy by Written by: Sophocles.