There was a problem adding your email address. While many in today's self-determined audience might have trouble swallowing the bitter pill of fate Sophocles serves up, one need only look to the nearest newsstand to find contemporary examples of the same familial tragedies he dramatized so powerfully nearly two-and-a-half millennia ago. In Bagg's capable hands, these shocking tales of lurid but unwitting acts pack the emotional force that rocked Sophoclean Athens. Bagg's supple translation, framed by illuminating commentary and notes co-authored by Mary Bagg, evokes deep sympathy for Oedipus, tragedy's most poignantly "god-crushed man," as well as members of his doomed household.
Laius and Jocasta were king and queen of Thebes, a town in Greece. One day, they had a baby boy. An oracle prophesied that the boy would grow up and kill his father and marry his mother. To thwart the prophecy, Laius and Jocasta decided to kill their baby.
In those days, it was usual to leave an unwanted or defective baby in the wilderness. Laius and Jocasta did this. To be extra-sure, they pierced his little feet and tied them together. A kindly shepherd found the baby.
He gave the baby to a friend, who took it to Corinth, another town. Corinth reappears in the New Testament. So they adopted the foundling. Nobody ever told little Oedipus that his mother was never pregnant. One day, after he had grown up, a drunk mentioned his being adopted.
Oedipus questioned his parents, but they denied it. Oedipus visited various oracles to find out whether he was really adopted. All the oracles told him instead that he would kill his father and marry his mother.
None of this makes much sense. This is a folk tale. To thwart the oracles, Oedipus left Corinth permanently. Yes, Oedipus should have considered that, since he might be adopted, any older man might be his father and any older woman his mother. But this is a folk tale.
Travelling the roads, Oedipus got into a traffic squabble and killed a stranger who unknown to him was King Laius. In one version, there was a dispute over right-of-way on a bridge.
In a folk-tale within a folk-tale, Oedipus solved the Riddle of the Sphinx. He ruled well, and they had four children. Eventually, Oedipus and Jocasta found out what had really happened.
You must assume that accidentally killing your father and marrying your mother is a disaster. Jocasta committed suicide, and Oedipus blinded himself and became a wandering beggar.
The kindness he was shown at the end made the city itself blessed.
The moral of the folk tale? A NYU student found a personal meaning: What is the moral of this story? Let life take its course. Your fate is already written and sealed. If you know all there is to know about your life, then why bother living?
Embrace life and its surprises. Oedipus Wrecked -- humor. Being a victim of gurus, society, and circumstances does not relieve one of the responsibility of thinking for themselves. It does make for a tragic hero, however. The author is with me on the "hamartia" business, below. Thanks for the sphinx.
Predestination Long before we "got civilized", ancient Europeans Greeks, Vikings, others were already talking about "predestination".
If something was going to happen, it would happen and there was nothing you could do about it. Why would anybody talk like this?Turnitin provides instructors with the tools to prevent plagiarism, engage students in the writing process, and provide personalized feedback. Oedipus the King unfolds as a murder mystery, a political thriller, and a psychological whodunit.
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. A collection that includes the complete texts of Sophocles' Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone—translated by Paul Roche.
Revising and updating his classic translation, Paul Roche captures the dramatic power and intensity, the subtleties of meaning, and the explosive emotions of Sophocles' great Theban trilogy. Under the editorship of Peter Burian and Alan Shaprio, each volume includes a critical introduction, commentary on difficult passages, ample stage directions, and a glossary of the mythical names and geographical references encountered in the dialogue.
Sophocles' Oedipus the King paves the way as the first in the series to appear in paperback. The three plays of this trilogy are “Oedipus the King” [a.k.a.
“Oedipus Rex” or “Oedipus Tyrannus”], “Oedipus at Colonus,” and “Antigone” [pronounced “an-tig-o-nee” rather than “anti-gone.”] Of the three plays, the first is the most well-known/5(). 0 Reviews The famed Athenian tragedy in which Oedipus’s own faults contribute to his tragic downfall.
A great masterpiece on which Aristotle based his aesthetic theory of drama in the Poetics and from which Freud derived the Oedipus complex, King Oedipus puts out a .