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Oedipus Rex and the Marxist Theory

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Transcript of Oedipus Rex and the Marxist Theory

Oedipus Rex and the Marxist Theory

Examples
Tensions between characters
Cause of curse
Quest for truth


Marxist criticism is based on the political and economic theories of Karl Marx.

Marxism
His writings were about the subconscious tensions between the rich and the poor.

His Thoughts
The wealthiest individuals controlled the society—whoever owned the factories “owned” the culture

Main Idea
Cadmus kills snake
Apollo curses Cadmus
Plague is put on Thebes
Cause of Curse
Drunken man initiates quest
Oedipus seeks higher power to know the truth
Oedipus consults Tiresias and Oracle
Quest for Truth
Higher:
Oedipus, Jocasta, Creon, Laius, Polybus, Merope, Apollo
Lower:
Citizens, Tiresias, Shepards, Messenger, Choragos
Class Ranks
Oedipus and Creon
Oedipus and Teirisias
Laius and Oedipus
Oedipus and the Shepard
Tensions
Important Points
Writings of Karl Marx
Main idea behind Marxism
Oedipus' rank caused his arrogance and abuse of power
Important Points Cont.
Quest for truth creates bigger divide among classes
Division among classes provoked hatred among people
Biggest Point
The tensions between the higher and lower classes greatly affected the story and its outcomes.
Could the fulfillment of the prophecy have been avoided if there was no difference in social classes?
Bibliography
Kreis, Steven. "Karl Marx, 1818-1883." Karl Marx, 1818-1883. N.p., 30 Jan. 2008. Web. 13 Sept. 2013

"Welcome to the Purdue OWL." Purdue OWL: Literary Theory and Schools of Criticism. Purdue University, n.d. Web. 13 Sept. 2013

"Marxism: Terms." Marxism: Terms. N.p., 17 July 2002. Web. 13 Sept. 2013.

Trainer, Ted. "The Economic Sub-structure." MARXIST THEORY; A Brief Introduction. N.p., Mar. 2010. Web. 16 Sept. 2013.
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