September 25, 2005

Oedipus Rex Finish

Sophocles, Oedipus the King (Finish) -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

Oedipus: Death take the man who unbound my feet on that hillside and delivered me from death to life! What life? If only I had died, this weight of monstrous doom could not have dragged me and my darlings down.

Choragos: I would have wished the same.

Oedipus: Oh never to have come here with my fatherís blood upon me! Never to have been the man they call his motherís husband! Oh accurst! Oh child of evil, to have entered that wretched bed Ė the selfsame one!

Oedipusís final lament indicates how he is overcome with emotion attached to his realization that he is the one that brings ruination to the city of Thebes. He also seems to realize how terribly tragic his pride has been for the situation to come this far.

Had he only believed in the beginning, instead of brushing people away, perhaps this whole situation could have been prevented. However, the Fates had already prescribed the future of this doomed hero. There was no way around the tragedy. At the very least, Creon proves to be a true enough friend to care for Oedipusís daughters.

Posted by KatieAikins at September 25, 2005 8:03 PM
Comments

I can understand why he didn't believe Teiresiasís prophecy - it's some pretty shocking news! During his talk with Iocaste he starts to think that there may be some truth to it:

"IOCASTE: Phokis, it is called: at a place where the Theban Way Divides into the roads toward Delphi and Daulia.
OEDIPUS: When?
IOCASTE: We had the news not long before you came
And proved the right to your succession here.
OEDIPUS: Oh, what net has God been weaving for me?"

After that he starts on his quest for truth. I think Oedipus cares a great deal about the truth. He was annoyed that no one investigated King Laiusís death as well.

Posted by: Kayla Sawyer at September 27, 2005 10:36 PM

Kayla,

That is a thoughtful observation. I wonder how CST can apply to this play?

Posted by: Katie Aikins at September 28, 2005 4:11 PM