#DailyBookQuote : 10th October 2013
– Sophocles (0495bc – 0405bc)
– Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex
Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex has never been surpassed for the raw and terrible power with which its hero struggles to answer the eternal question, “Who am I?” The play, a story of a king who acting entirely in ignorance kills his father and marries his mother, unfolds with shattering power; we are helplessly carried along with Oedipus towards the final, horrific truth. Oedipus the King, is an Greek tragedy story by Sophocles. Oedipus Rex chronicles the story of Oedipus, a man who becomes the king of Thebes who was destined from birth to murder his father Laius and marry his mother Jocasta. The play is an example of a classic tragedy, noticeably containing an emphasis on how Oedipus’s own faults contribute to the tragic hero’s downfall, as opposed to having fate be the sole cause. Over the centuries, Oedipus Rex has come to be regarded by many as the Greek tragedy par excellence.
- Oedipus Rex (or The King, whatever floats your boat) (mcdooodles.wordpress.com)
- Oedipus’ harmatia (andysreverie.wordpress.com)