Oedipus Rex

More than 2,420 years old but still studied today, the play ‘Oedipus Rex’ tells a tragic tale of mistaken identities, inescapable fates, and horrific human misdeeds. Contributors typically compare and contrast the play’s characters, storytelling techniques, and subject matter with similar pieces of literature from the same and different settings and time periods.

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Why does Oedipus summon Teiresias?

The city state of Thebes is plague ridden, a punishment of the Gods. Oedipus is the king of Thebes and he is responsible for what goes on. The punishment, as Teiresias the sooth sayer reports is because Laius the previous king was killed and it was never investigated and the Gods are pissed that a son has married his mother. Teiresias knows that Oedipus is the offender.

Oedipus wanted to see if Teiresias could run an errand for him. He wanted him to go to the store and talk to a man named Miltaway and get a golden egg which is said that all who eat it know the truth of the world. He thinks that by eating this he will know the truth about who killed the former king and then the mystery will be solved.

Sources: I am a college level English Professor that has a class that focuses on just this story. i can assure you that this answer is 100% correct.

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How is antigone arrogant?

In Greek times, woman were considered property. They were not allowed to have or express opinions. Antigone's blatant disregard of this made her "arrogant" in Creon's eyes.

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What is Antigone's personality in Antigone?

She is full of hubris and very independent. She stands up for what she believes in disregarding the law of the city and only the law of the gods: moral ethics and how to treat the dead: with honor.

Right, she is independent, but I question whether hubris was a main character flaw of hers. Rather she chooses to obey the law of the gods and the family, eternal laws, over the contingent laws of the state. Indeed, it would seem that it is Creon who acts with hubris. After all, he loses his son and is told by Tiresias that Thebes will be destroyed as a result of his actions against Antigone. That Antigone is independent minded does not mean that her downfall was hubris.

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Who is the writer of the play Antigone?

Sophocles

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What does Creon fear the most in Antigone?

Creon fears these things the most in the play Antigone:

1. His authority being challenged by a woman

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2. His pride being hurt by Antigone

If, however, you are reffering to what does Creon fear most in the actual character Antigone, then the answer would be pretty much the same as the above stated #1.

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What are dramatic irony quotes from Oedipus Rex?

"Upon the murderer I invoke this curse- whether he is one man and all unknown,

or one of many- may he wear out his life in misery to miserable doom!" --

Oedipus is evoking a curse upon the murderer when the murderer turns out to be himself

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Who is Creon married to in Antigone?

Queen Eurydice

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Who is the playwright about Oedipus?

Sophocles [496 B.C.E. - 406 B.C.E.] is the playwright of the Oedipus plays. Specifically, he's the author of 'Oedipus Rex', 'Oedipus at Colonus' and 'Antigone'. The first play deals with Oedipus' fall from grace, the second with his death and the third with the fates of his four children.

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What is Oedipus' reward for killing the Sphinx?

he was given the title of King of Thebes and the recently widowed Jocasta's hand in marriage.

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What does Oedipus free Thebans from in 'Oedipus Rex'?

The Sphinx is what Oedipus frees Thebans from in "Oedipus Rex" by Sophocles (495 B.C.E. -- 405 B.C.E.).

Specifically, the Sphinx appears outside Thebes after Theban King Laius goes to consult the Delphic oracle and never returns. She makes a monster out of herself by killing and eating all incoming/outgoing Thebans who cannot answer her riddle. Oedipus figures out the riddle, inspires the Sphinx to commit suicide, and thereby frees Thebes.

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What is a question that connects 'Antigone' to the real world?

What should happen when individual actions and beliefs don't line up with a particular society's definitions of acceptable and unacceptable behavior is a question that connects the play 'Antigone' to the real world. The play indeed pits the behavioral preferences and spiritual beliefs of Antigone against the behavioral preferences and legal action of her Uncle Creon, King of Thebes. In the real world of nowadays, that question may be asked by women in Muslim countries. Their role typically is more on the order of the unquestioning and obedient Ismene, and less on the order of the conscientious and passionate Antigone.

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Why did the citizens of Thebes make Oedipus the king?

The Sphinx was holding Thebes captive until someone answered it's riddle. Desperate for relief, Creon offers whoever can answer the riddle the hand of his sister Jocasta, recently widowed. Oedipus comes along and solves the riddle, earning himself the throne.

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Why is there a tragedy in 'Antigone'?

The play 'Antigone' is considered a tragedy, because of the drastic consequences of the story's events. Excepting Teiresias, Ismene, and Theban King Creon, every single one of the main characters dies. Additionally, there's the massive destruction of enemy and native life through the battle whose end is the beginning of the play. Similarly, there's the large-scale misery of Thebans in the aftermath of their own deliberately unburied dead. And there's the individual heartbreak of King Creon who loses everything that had made his life worth living.

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What is the Oedipus complex mean?

The Oedipus complex is the attraction to your parent of the opposite sex and the hatred of your parent of the same sex.

Oedipus Rex killed his father and married his mother. (In his defense, he didn't know they were his parents.)

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Dramatic techniques in Henrik Ibsen's Doll's House?

Through the use of plot structure, language/dialogue, and the literary devices of irony and foreshadowing.

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Why does Oedipus kill an old man at the crossroads in 'Oedipus Rex'?

It is in self-defense that Oedipus kills an old man in the crossroads in "Oedipus Rex" by Sophocles (495 B.C.E. - 405 B.C.E.).

Specifically, Oedipus is coming from Delphi. An older version of himself is accompanied by a five-member escort party that is heading towards Delphi. Oedipus has the right-of-way, which nevertheless is disrespected by the elderly man. The elderly man's servant pushes Oedipus, the old man hits him on the head with a double whip, and it really hurts. Oedipus responds in self-defense, which quickly escalates to deadly force against the old man and four of his five companions.

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How do overcome Oedipus complex and electra complex among their children?

Most children outgrow these complexes before adulthood.

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What is true in 'Oedipus Rex'?

The ethical questions posed by Sophocles don't have simple answers.
the ethical questions posed by sophocles dont have simple answers

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Is justice served at the end of 'Oedipus Rex'?

Yes, justice is served, but no, it is not yet complete, at the end of "Oedipus Rex" by Sophocles (495 B.C.E. - 405 B.C.E.).

Specifically, justice requires the identification and punishment of whoever is guilty of killing Theban King Laius. Theban King Oedipus is found to be guilty and punishes himself with blindness. But the actual punishment is either exile or execution, and Creon awaits the expression of divine will as to which to apply.

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How do Romeo and Juliet communicate?

They talk to each other whenever they are able to be together. Otherwise they send messages by Juliet's nurse.

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How do Haemon and Eurydice feel about Creon at the moment of death in 'Antigone'?

Alienated, angry and embittered is how Haemon and Eurydice feel about Theban King Creon at the moment of death in the play "Antigone" by ancient Greek playwright Sophocles (495 B.C.E. - 405 B.C.E.).

Specifically, Theban Prince Haemon is angry that his first cousin and bride-to-be Antigone hangs herself rather than die in the walled-up cave to which Creon, her uncle and Haemon's father, sentences. Theban Queen Eurydice blames her husband, Creon, for the suicides of her son and of her intended daughter-in-law. Not one of them - Antigone, Eurydice, Haemon - feels connected any longer to a Thebes so dominated and ravaged by Creon as the city's foremost leader and as the royal household's dominant and dominating member.

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What is the Oedipus cycle?

A series of three plays that cover the life and impact of Theban King Oedipus is what is meant by the 'Oedipus cycle'. The first play is 'Oedipus Rex', which tells of the king's loss of job, home, friends and family. The second play is 'Oedipus at Colonus', which tells of the circumstances of the king's death in Colonus. The third play is 'Antigone', which tells of the disasters that affect three of Oedipus' four children.

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Does Haemon wound Creon by stabbing him?

No. He lunges at Creon, misses, and stabs himself to be dead with Antigone.

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Difference between Oedipus play and movie?

You are an idiot. You should just read the book cause it takes like 30 minutes to read.

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How does Oedipus get from Corinth to Thebes in 'Oedipus Rex'?

Walking is the way in which Oedipus gets from Corinth to Thebes in "Oedipus Rex" by Sophocles (495 B.C.E. - 405 B.C.E.).

Specifically, Oedipus takes the road from Corinth to Delphi, where he consults the oracle. He is upset over the Delphic oracle's prophecy and decides not to return to his presumed home in Corinth. He chooses to walk along the road from Delphi, into the land of Phocis and on to Thebes.

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