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Transcript of Mythological/Biblical Allusions
Joey Carrier Mythological/Biblical
Allusions Oedipus was a mythical Greek king of Thebes.
His parents were King Louis and Queen Jocasta. A prophecy was written about him, that he would kill his father and marry his mother. Oedipus Lazarus Sodom and Gomorrah were two cities mentioned in the Book of Genesis, the Hebrew Bible, The New Testament, and the Qur'an. Sodom and Gomorrah If you had a prophecy given to you, depending on if it was positive or negative, would you want to pursue it or avoid it? Consider Oedipus's story in your answer. Exit Ticket In order to thwart the prophecy that said Oedipus would murder him, Oedipus's father tied Oedipus's feet together as an infant, and left him to die on a mountainside. He was found by a shepherd named King Polybus and his wife Queen Merope of Corinth. Polybus and Merope became his new parents. Oedipus learned from an oracle of the prophecy about him, but believed he was fated to kill Polybus and marry Queen Merope in Corinth his new fouster parents, thinking these were his true parents. After finding this out, he decided to leave the city and go to Thebes. On his way to Thebes, he quarreled with a man on a narrow road about who should move. (Ed-uh-puhs) (La-zuh-riss) (Saw-dumb and Guh-more-uh) Lazarus is a follower of Jesus who lived in the town of Bethany. He is the brother of Mary and Martha. Lazarus becomes ill, and his sisters send word to Jesus of their brothers illness. Jesus comes but not until four days after Lazarus had died and was put in his tomb. Lazarus's sisters tell Jesus the bad news, that he had been too late, and Lazarus had already died. Jesus tells Martha and Mary that those who believe in him can be resurrected. Jesus goes to Lazarus's tomb and opens it. He says a prayer and tells Lazarus to come out. Sure enough Lazarus does come out alive. This occurrence led many jews to believe that Jesus was the messiah. Lazarus becomes ill and his sisters send word to Jesus. Jesus arrives four days after Lazarus's death and is first greeted by Lazarus's sisters. They tell him he is too late and Lazarus had already died. Jesus says in reply that those who believe in him will be able to be resurrected. He goes to Lazarus's tomb and opens it. He says a prayer and tells Lazarus to come out. Sure enough, Lazarus comes out of the tomb alive. This occurrence led many Jews to believe that Jesus as the messiah. This is a photo of the tomb of Lazarus in Bethany, a town outside of Jerusalem Lazarus's story is referenced in many stories and pieces of literature.
"Lady Lazarus" by Sylvia Plath- This is a poem about a Lady who escapes death and is saved by doctors many times during the Holocaust, similar to how Lazarus was saved from death.
Crime and Punishments by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Also in several novels by Robert A. Heinlein Oedipus got enraged at this and Oedipus killed the man and continued on to Thebes. When he got to Thebes, he found that the king of the city had recently been killed and the city was at mercy of the Sphinx. Oedipus did not know however, that the man on the road that he killed was the king of Thebes on a journey. Oedipus answered the Sphinx's riddle correctly defeating it and winning the throne of the dead king. Also by doing this, he married the kings widow, Jacosta, who was his mother. Together, they had two sons and two daughters. Some years later, in an attempt to find out who killed the king, he realized that he was the murderer. Jocasta soon also realized this and that she was married to her son who had killed her husband, so she hung herself. Sodom and Gomorrah were
situated on the Jordan River plain.
( North of modern day Dead Sea)
These kingdoms were a symbol of
homosexuality. This story has given rise to a couple words in the
english language, which includes the word Sodomy.
this is a word to describe a, "sexual act against nature" (Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance). Oedipus Complex
The Oedipus complex occures in the Phallic stage of psychosexual development in males
From ages 3 to 5
This is when boys are attracted to their mothers Contemporary References Oedipus
Oedipus Keys to Remembering Lot and Abraham (biblical figures, Lot being the nephew of Abraham) Must go to two separate places for they have too much wealth and followers to stay in one city. Lot chooses the plain containing Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham going to the west plain. later that night, God tells Abraham his plan to ruin the cities on this plain because of the sinning they do. Abraham tells Lot of this plan and he sets up to wait for the arrival of the judgment angels. The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city. When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. "My lords," he said, "please turn aside to your servant's house. You can wash your feet and spend the night and then go on your way early in the morning." "No," they answered, "we will spend the night in the square." But he insisted so strongly that they did go with him and entered his house.
He prepared a meal for them, baking bread without yeast, and they ate. Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom both young and old-- surrounded the house. They called to Lot, "Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them." Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him and said, "No, my friends. Don't do this wicked thing. Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don't do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof." "Get out of our way," they replied. And they said, "This fellow came here as an alien, and now he wants to play the judge! We'll treat you worse than them." They kept bringing pressure on Lot and moved forward to break down the door. But the men inside reached out and pulled Lot back into the house and shut the door. Then they struck the men who were at the door of the house, young and old, with blindness so that they could not find the door. The two men said to Lot, "Do you have anyone else here--sons-in- law, sons or daughters, or anyone else in the city who belongs to you? Get them out of here, because we are going to destroy this place. The outcry to the LORD against its people is so great that he has sent us to destroy it" (Old Testament 19: 1-13). Works Cited
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“What is an Oedipal Complex.” About.com. Kendra Cherry, n.d. Web. 5 Oct. 2012. <http://psychology.about.com/od/oindex/g/def_oedipuscomp.htm>.