When Was Oedipus Born?


Who is Oedipus ? Did he killed his mother for his girlfriend ? Serious question ?

Oedipus was a prince of an ancient Greek kingdom. When he was born, his father took him to an Oracle, who said that Oedipus would grow up to kill his father, and marry his mother. Horrified, he placed Oedipus on the hill where they used to put unwanted babies so they would die and be eaten by wolves, but Oedipus was saved by a childless couple. They raised him, and he grew to adulthood. Then, one day Oedipus bumped into someone on the street, got into an argument with him, which came to blows, and Oedipus killed the man. He felt bad about it, so he married the man's wife. Turns out, that man was his father, and he married his mother. That's why when male children are attracted to their mothers at a young age, they call it an Oedipus complex. Still don't know what it has to do with politics, though.

Did Sophocles write more than one play on Oedipus?

I'm writing a research paper on the character Oedipus and I keep seeing titles like "Oedipus Rex", "Oedipus Tyrannus", "Odepius the King", and "Oedipus the Colonus" on the internet and I was wondering are these all different plays or are they all just different names for the one same play?

Oedipus the King, Oedipus Tyrannus, and Oedipus Rex are all different names for the same thing.

Oedipus the Colonus is a different play.

What do you think happens to Oedipus after Oedipus the King?

After Oedipus asks Creon to banish him, what do you think is going to happen next (it is the end of the play) (using evidence from Oedipus the King)? Assuming you didn't read the other plays ~

what about Oedipus at Colonus? he goes to Athens. you have to read the rest of the "3 Theban Plays" there are 3. "Oedipus Rex" (the King)
Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone. they continue the story.

When does Oedipus come to a realization?

Oedipus Rex/Oedipus the King When is his epiphany?

Oedipus seeks verification of the messenger's story from the very same herdsman who was said to have left Oedipus to die as a baby. From that herdsman, Oedipus learned that the infant raised as the adopted son of Polybus and Merope was the son of Laius and Jocasta. Thus, Oedipus finally realizes that earlier at the crossroads, he had killed his own father, King Laius, and as consequence, had married his own mother, Jocasta.

What happens to Oedipus?

After Oedipus gouges his eyes out, is he just left to wander alone as an outcast of Thebes for the rest of his life?

well, I think he reappears in "Oedipus at Colonus", the other Oedipus play besides Antigone, but I'm not positive about the order of the plays...

but no, he doesn't stay in Thebes at the end of Oedipus Rex - he's exiled. check out the end of this summary of the play:

http://www.shmoop.com/event/literature/sophocles/oedipus-the-king.html

hope that helps!



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