Oedipus Rex (The Theban Plays, #1) by Sophocles...what man wins more happiness than just its shape and the ruin when that shape collapses?
Sophocles Oedipus Rex has never been surpassed for the raw and terrible power with which its hero struggles to answer the eternal question, Who am I? The play, a story of a king who acting entirely in ignorance kills his father and marries his mother, unfolds with shattering power; we are helplessly carried along with Oedipus towards the final, horrific truth.
To make Oedipus more accessible for the modern reader, our Prestwick House Literary Touchstone Classics includes a glossary of the more difficult words, as well as convenient sidebar notes to enlighten the reader on aspects that may be confusing or overlooked. We hope that the reader may, through this edition, more fully enjoy the beauty of the verse, the wisdom of the insights, and the impact of the drama.
Oedipus Rex as a Tragedy of Aristotle: Tragedy of Fate or Character
The philosopher Aristotle wrote his work Poetics as a deconstruction of aesthetics approximately 50 years after the death of Sophocles, the author of Oedipus Rex. Aristotle was a great admirer of the works of Sophocles and is said to have considered Oedipus Rex to be the perfect tragedy and the basis for his thoughts in Poetics. Themes of Oedipus Rex The contrast between trust in the gods' oracles and trust in intelligence and pride plays out in Oedipus Rex. Oedipus's hunt for truth reveals just that, and the truth confirms the oracles' prophecies. Oedipus kills his father and marries his mother.
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In the play Oedipus the King, Oedipus displays all of the qualities of the Greek tragic hero. Like all tragic heroes, he is of noble birth and has greatness, while still having the qualities of the common man. Oedipus has a tragic flaw and as a result ends up fighting a losing battle against his fate. His fate is not deserved, he must also cause his own downfall, and his punishment exceeds the deed. Oedipus could hardly deserve his fate at birth that he would murder his father and marry his mother. First of all, it is the actions of his parents that caused his fate. He was a good-natured person and compassionate king.