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Oedipus Rex - Hubris & Prophecy
Transcript of Oedipus Rex - Hubris & Prophecy
"He will be revealed to live with his children as brother, father both; and to his parents he is both his wife's son and lord and his father's fellow-sower and slayer."
- (476 to 479) - Oedipus Rex - Sophocles (429 BC)
How did the Greeks view fate, hubris, prophecy and the importance of gods, and how are these views and ideals portrayed in Oedipus Rex?
"What goes on four legs at dawn, on two legs at noon, and on three legs in the evening; is of only one voice, and when it walks on most legs is the weakest?"
He solved the riddle
His stages of life signified within
His pride grows unknowingly
A blurred perception
The ultimate destiny of mankind
The path of every man
A history: The punishment of Thebes
The Choral interpretation of Oedipus
"He shot with unsurpassed aim and gained every kind of happiness, o Zeus; destroying the riddle singer, the maiden with twisted talons, like a tower." - (1219 to 1224)
"who could be called more wreteched, more bound to toil and wild madness, more the paradigm of life's reversals?" - (1229 to 1231)
A blind Oedipus and Tiresias
"Oedipus: To what end?
Sheperd: Fearing evil prophecies."
- (1193 & 1194) - Oedipus Rex - Sophocles (429 BC)
"Oedipus: Why, you were a shepherd, a nomad for hire?
Messenger: And also at that time, my child, your saviour."
- (1051 & 1052) - Oedipus Rex - Sophocles (429BC)
The Gods and Characters
Importance of Apollo in Oedipus Rex
History and importance of Tiresias in Oedipus Rex