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"Oedipus the King" Character Analysis

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Brianna Nance

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"Oedipus the King" Character Analysis
Oedipus
Oedipus is the charasmatic ruler of Thebes, and the husband and son of Jocasta.
He is prideful, arrogant, and easily angered, but he still cares deeply for the citizens of Thebes.
His fatal flaw is hubris.
It was fortold by an oracle of Apollo that he would kill his father and sleep with his mother. In trying to avoid this, he ends up fulfilling the prophecy.
Jocasta
Jocasta is Oedipus's mother, as well as his wife.
She is the queen of Thebes.
Jocasta refuses to believe the prophecies from oracles.
She attempts to settle the argument between Creon and Oedipus, and succeeds in breaking up their fight.
She becomes increasingly anxious and upset as the play progresses, and acts impulsively.
Creon
Creon is the brother of Jocasta, brother-in-law of Oedipus, and the uncle of Oedipus.
He is cautious, thoughtful, and calm.
Creon has no wish to rule Thebes, because he does not want the responsibility of being king.
Tiresias
Tiresias is the blind prophet of the gods.
Though he is blind, he can see what others cannot.
He says that Oedipus was the murderer of Laius.
He is easily annoyed, but very wise.
The Chorus
The chorus is the elders of Thebes.
It helps the audience interpret the play.
It does not jump to conclusions, but takes time to figure everything out.
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The Messenger
The Messenger comes from Corinth to deliver news to Oedipus.
He also reveals that Oedipus was adopted.
He is kind and truthful.
The Shepherd
The Shepherd is kind and merciful.
He is a former servant of Laius.
He reveals the identity of Oedipus's true parents.
Laius
Laius is Oedipus's father and Jocasta's husband.
He was killed by Oedipus, and it was his unsolved murder that brought the plague on Thebes.

Polybus & Merope
They are loving and kind.
They are Oedipus's adopted parents, and the rulers of Corinth.
Oedipus left Corinth to protect them; because of the prophecy that he would murder his father and have children with his mother.
Antigone & Ismene
They are Oedipus and Jocasta's children and Oedipus's half-sisters.
They are children during the play.
Sources
Ben Florman and Justin Kestler, LitCharts Editors (2016). LitChart on Oedipus Rex.
Retrieved January 12, 2016
http://www.litcharts.com/lit/oedipus-rex
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