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Oedipus the King

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Transcript of Oedipus the King

Citizenship and Family Loyalty in Oedipus the King

Matthew K, Ananya K, Abby G, Ananya T

Ms. Brown--Period 1

In Oedipus The King, Oedipus, the King of Thebes, is a tragic hero who experiences a unique relationship with his family and his citizens.

In Sophocles play,
Oedipus the King
, Sophocles uses figurative language to exemplify the value of citizenship as on of highest importance, often putting the needs of state before loyalty to family and their own dignity.
Greek citizens had very strong beliefs about loyalty to their state, and were very committed to helping their state prosper.
Pericles' Funeral Oration
valued loyalty and service to the state as more important that loyalty to family.
Shows that, in a good leader, they valued providing for the common good over person needs/desires
Noble Intentions characteristic of Ideal Tragic Hero
Oedipus: "...I curse myself as well... if by any chance he proves to be an intimate of our house...may the curse I just called down on him strike me!" (Sophocles, 280-287)
Dramatic Irony and Personification:
Oedipus Initial Curse Upon the Murderer
Jocasta (To Oedipus): "Stop - in the name of god, if you love your own life, call of this search! My suffering is enough." (Sophocles, 1163-1165)

Oedipus (To Jocasta): "Listen to you? No more. I must know it all, must see the truth at last." (Sophocles, 1168-1169)
Creon's Accusation
Dramatic Irony
Oedipus (To his Children): "How I weep for you - I cannot see you now.,.. just thinking of your days to come" (Sophocles, 1627-1641)
Oedipus (To Creon): "Drive me out of Thebes, in exile" (Sophocles, 1667)
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Oedipus Leaves Thebes and Family Behind
Figurative Language
Oedipus (Addressing Creon) - "You, plotting to kill me, kill the king!" (Sophocles, 596)
Creon (Addressing Jocasta) - "my sister, it's dreadful... Oedipus, your husband, he's bent on a choice of punishment for me, banishment from the fatherlands or death" (Sophocles, 715-717)
Ignoring Jocasta's Pleas
Figurative Language
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