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Book Review4 out of 5 stars to Oedipus Rex, the first of The Theban Plays, written by Sophocles around 430 BC If you are unfamiliar with Greek tragedies, the thing you need to know most is that the authors often played with the concept of fate not just that some things are meant to be or to come back and haunt you, but that there is alwaysgoing on than you realize at the time This is one of the plays you should absolutely read Although borderline spoiler, it s important tBook Review4 out of 5 stars to Oedipus Rex, the first of The Theban Plays, written by Sophocles around 430 BC If you are unfamiliar with Greek tragedies, the thing you need to know most is that the authors often played with the concept of fate not just that some things are meant to be or to come back and haunt you, but that there is alwaysgoing on than you realize at the time This is one of the plays you should absolutely read Although borderline spoiler, it s important to know 1 fact about the play, as it plays into the mind of so many psychologists today when they speak about an Oedipal Complex, as in all young boys kids fall in love with their mothers at some point Essentially, Oedipus kills the King and marries the King s wife Little does he know that was his father and she is his mother Whaaaaattttt How does that happen Seriously well, the plot is intricate, the history is insane and it s only the first of three in this trilogy Find a translation and read it It s a little convoluted, and the language may be a bit metaphorical in too many places, but the characters and the plot is amazingAbout MeFor those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who what when where and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by Look and learn all citizens of Thebes This is Oedipus.He, who read the famous riddle, and we hailed chief of men,All envied his power, glory, and good fortune.Now upon his head the sea of disaster crashes down.Mortality is man s burden Keep your eyes fixed on your last day.Call no man happy until he reaches it, and finds rest from sufferingI believe that in one way or another, everyone at least to some extent has heard of the story of Oedipus and Jocasta It s one of those tales thaLook and learn all citizens of Thebes This is Oedipus.He, who read the famous riddle, and we hailed chief of men,All envied his power, glory, and good fortune.Now upon his head the sea of disaster crashes down.Mortality is man s burden Keep your eyes fixed on your last day.Call no man happy until he reaches it, and finds rest from sufferingI believe that in one way or another, everyone at least to some extent has heard of the story of Oedipus and Jocasta It s one of those tales that s been on our collective consciousness forever even though we may not even be able to assertively answer about its origins The same might be said, for example, of Odysseus and Don Quixote they ve been so used and re used, adapted and re adapted throughout so many generations and in so many different formats that one might as well state they were simply born within us, for they re public and common knowledge I, for one, believed Oedipus and Jocasta s tale came from the Bible As I was never a religious person and therefore never payed much attention to it and unfortunately never decently studied Greek mythology , I used to unconsciously attribute to the Bible the origins of all stories which seemed to me as too ancient to properly date I m terribly sorry and embarrassed about that, Sophocles I stand corrected now.Every time I read an ancient text I recurrently find myself to blame because of the same mistake being surprised by its quality despite being written so long ago It turns outandI agree with an analysis I ve read somewhere that states that, unlike science, there is no progress, no discovery in art An artist, while he creates, is not helped by the efforts of all the others like scientists are and depends upon his own individual truths The ancient art is in no way a primitive version of the art created by our contemporaries So it should not be astonishing to me that a text written thousands of years ago possesses the same qualities or refinement of awarded pieces that only now cracked their fifty years of age mark.Putting the story itself a little aside, it s precisely this refinement, this brilliance in the construction of the narrative that impressed me so much The pace, the development of the action and disentanglement of this intricate plot was written so masterfully that it requires little investigation in discovering the reasons why it became so influential to the subsequent generations Now, I m not knowledgeable enough to affirm that Sophocles himself wasn t influenced by other works that preceded him, so I m not claiming unprecedented originality to his name here, but merely talent in using the most appropriate techniques to write so many wondrous predicates into this marvelous play The ability with which he created, sustained and solved the various mysteries that surround this classical tragedy is very remarkable, as well as a striking mixture of pity and horror that the themes developed here successfully imposes on the reader.Themes such as fate, free will, interference in human life by the Gods for some that hasn t changed much, has it and its inflexible exploration of human nature and suffering are skillfully written in the form of intense dialogues and shocking revelations that could even prove too disturbing had not been Sophocles accurate treatment, much like the reader likely pities Phedre s actions instead of automatically blaming her for her fate The ever so mesmerizing battle between destiny and logical consequences also plays a big role here does fate completely control Oedipus s actions is it all predetermined , or is he simply a victim of his own doings, even if unknowingly Oedipus Rex also known as Oedipus the King and Oedipus Tyrannus tells the story of Oedipus, a man that s respected and loved in Thebas, where he is King after solving the riddle of the Sphinx and marrying Jocasta, the widow of the previous king After a plague threatens his kingdom, he is begged by a chorus of Thebans for help and Oedipus sends for an oracle in order to find some guidance As it turns out, Tiresias, the blind prophet, believes the King is the only one to blame for his malady At first outraged and, because of it, incensed into proving his innocence, he starts connecting the clues that he receives from various bits of information gathered by different sources view spoiler As it turns out, Oedipus, after leaving his home in Corinth due to a prophecy which stated he would murder his father and sleep with his mother, entered a fight with some men at a crossroads and ended up killing them, before arriving in Thebes One of these men was Laius, Jocasta s husband and previous King In order to escape the prophecy, Oedipus fell into it, as he was Laius s son who was sent away to be killed many years ago exactly because he received an oracle that he would be murdered by his own son Oedipus s life ended up being spared and, unknown to him, he was adopted by the King of Corinth Now it was clear to him that, besides murdering his father, he has slept with his own mother and fathered children that were also his brothers and sisters Jocasta, upon finding out this complex imbroglio, can t deal with the unimaginable situation and kills herself hide spoiler Completely horrified and ruined by everything he found out, Oedipus blinds himself ironically at the precise moment when he sees the whole truth so he wouldn t ever again need to see his own feelings of shame and humiliation mirrored in the faces of the others.I ve read some criticism stating that some of the drama in the play is a bit over the top, and while I wouldn t agree and,importantly, couldn t possibly begin to imagine myself in the same situation, I guess it was in vogue at the time that the heroes would suffer so much when they d find their worlds turned upside down that they would impose on themselves severe sentences such as mutilations or death Part of their heroism is exactly accepting to endure serious consequences, not once pleading blamelessness Even later, in Shakespeare, we were still to find six or seven characters dying just like that, entire families decimated because of the belief that there could be no way out once the universe had programmed their fates.Film adaptation as influential as this story was everywhere, of course it wouldn t lack adaptations in film When I found out there was one Edipo Re 1967 , directed by Pasolini, I instantly picked it to watch as I imagined that controversial material filmed by controversial director could only result in very interesting movie to say the least Much to my surprise, the ick factor was greatly downplayed and this time the Italian director focusedon the emotional aspects of his narrative than on the sexual ones His rendition was very faithful to the story, although the linear narrative lacked the sophistication employed by Sophocles that chose to slowly reveal details of the plot by making use of different characters referring to past events The power of the prophecy and the influence in human lives by the Gods were also not as active as in the original story The intro Pasolini used though was very interesting it begins in modern days where a father is very jealous of his son s connection with his mother and decides to get rid of him, as if he was anticipating an Oedipus complex situation after that, time goes back to the ancient days.Rating I can t wait to readfrom Sophocles and if my anticipation for the remaining plays in this trilogy Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone means anything, is that it s a great testament of Oedipus Rex s qualities and how highly I enjoyed this short but intense reading experience 5 stars Sometimes life s a real bitch Fate is unavoidable in ancient Greek Tragedy Trying to avoid it will only lead to it, and doing nothing will lead you there too So if a God tells you that you will die at the hands of your son, and that he will then go on to steal your wife, you d best do nothing because it s going to happen anyway Any preventative action you take will only lead to the same ending So, you re pretty much screwed You might as well lie down and accept it The God s are mean But, Sometimes life s a real bitch Fate is unavoidable in ancient Greek Tragedy Trying to avoid it will only lead to it, and doing nothing will lead you there too So if a God tells you that you will die at the hands of your son, and that he will then go on to steal your wife, you d best do nothing because it s going to happen anyway Any preventative action you take will only lead to the same ending So, you re pretty much screwed You might as well lie down and accept it The God s are mean But, nope, if you re like the King of Thebes you ll leave your infant son for dead instead Poor Oedipus He really didn t have much chance in life He could do nothing to intervene with his own destiny, mainly because his tragic flaw is his lack of awareness about his true origins He hears a rumour of the prophecy told to his farther, so he endeavours to stay away from him But, in doing so he is pushed ever closer to his real farther That s the problem with being abandoned at birth you just don t know who is who in the world There s some irony in this somewhere Indeed, it suggests that no free will exists at all because any exertions of the supposed free will lead to the predetermined fate So every action has been accounted for already The intended audience may have been aware of these powers but Oedipus and his farther were hapless in their wake They had to both learn the hard way Oedipus had to recognise it, and in the process he shattered his life it made him tear out his very eyes Now that s real grief There s no wonder Aristotle made this his model for the perfect play because this is masterful.Aristotle s theory can be used to assist the reader in understanding how the plot contributes to the tragedy I couldn t have read tragedy without it The tragedy is created, in part, by the complexity of its plot which leads towards the catharsis According to Aristotle s Poetics the complexity of the plot is established through reversal, recognition and suffering A simple plot will only establish one of these therefore, it will have a limited catharsis The reversal peritpeteia is the change of a state of affairs to its opposite, such as the reversal of Oedipus identity The recognition anaghorsis is achieved through the acquiring of knowledge, like the knowledge Oedipus gains of his birth Aristotle argues that an effective plot has its anaghorisis bound up with the peritpeteia This is because it, carries with it pity or fear such as these following linesO god All come true, all busting to light O light now let me look my last on you I stand revealed at lastLines 1305 9 I hope I didn t lose anyone or bore them to death with my summary of Poetics The structure is the key it is everything in delivering the plot If, in the cathartic moment, the action can evoke suffering through a combination of a reversal of circumstances during a brutally stark recognition, then the ultimate delivery of pity and fear will be achieved Such is the case with Oedipus Oedipus s hamartia, his tragic flaw at the core of his being, is his ignorance, and when the veil is lifted he realises the tragedy of the situation he realises all too late that fate is unshakable and unconquerable He has unknowingly committed incest with his mother and murdered his farther, so, like I said, life is a real bitch nothin like a forced reread in order to write a terrible paper classic oedipus always going and getting himself into life ruining, city destroying shenanigans THE EYE THAT DIES I have not read Sophocles text recently, but listened to this exceptional audio edition Powerfully acted out, with an eerie chorus and dramatic music, it has been a superb experience.I have come back to this play now in a roundabout way As part of a Seminar on Aesthetics, The Eye that Thinks, imparted in the Prado Museum, we were prompted by our Professor F lix de Az a to read Oedipus in a Hegelian framework We had been discussing the contributions of Hegel to Aestheti THE EYE THAT DIES I have not read Sophocles text recently, but listened to this exceptional audio edition Powerfully acted out, with an eerie chorus and dramatic music, it has been a superb experience.I have come back to this play now in a roundabout way As part of a Seminar on Aesthetics, The Eye that Thinks, imparted in the Prado Museum, we were prompted by our Professor F lix de Az a to read Oedipus in a Hegelian framework We had been discussing the contributions of Hegel to Aesthetics, and he wanted us to visit the play and think of the role of Sphinx and the significance of Thebes.In Hegel s aesthetic system he identified Greek sculptures as the apex of what art could achieve in its quest of perfect and supreme beauty Earlier architecture and art were still immature attempts For example, the large Egyptian monuments were undertakings in which matter still prevailed over Geist When Hegel saw some Kouroi in Munich now in the Glyptotech , specimens of very early Greek art, he was struck by the significance of the step in this walking man.In Egyptian representations of humans, legs are seen in profile They depicted stability, while the Greek marble in Munich man was striding forward The Kouros, although still using Egyptian conventions presented something very new It embodied gesture And Hegel thought that art should strive to represent movement The conceptual step of the Kouros, an awakening out of immobility, separated the worlds of the two Thebes the one in Boetia in ancient Greece from the one up the Nile in ancient Egypt In Greece Geist was finally on the move.If Hegel favoured Greek sculpture, he found that Greek drama could offer an additional dimension to sculpted beauty as the unfolding of time could be represented as well For him Greek tragedy had invoked the greatest aesthetic power.Hegel had also understood the Egyptian Sphinx as the first instance of the representation of human emerging out, liberating himself, from his animal nature In this reading of Oedipus Rex as I have tried to keep on some sort of Hegelian glasses and forget about the pervasive Freudian interpretation , I have seen the solution of Oedipus to the riddle of the Sphinx, and the consequent dissolution of the curse on Thebes and the destruction of the monster, as the emergence of humanity over its previous servitudes and imprisonment And yet, this conquered freedom also brought the possibility of unwilled intention or of the unintended will and the impossibility of unlearning what one already knows.Trapped in this situation Oedipus attempt to escape his knowledge by doing away with his eyes, could only bring death.As the chorus chants it is the only liberation Oedipus of Sophocles is a great work of art written by a great poet,this play symbolizes for the human misery and despairthe torments of the human soul,the innocence and guilt,Wisdom Out of Suffering and Fate that determines many things no matter how we struggle to change it.Oedipus hears about his dreadful fate from the Delphic oracle and flees from Corinth But instead of fleeing from his fate he runs into itOedipus a passionate heart,who ask questions and take risks,has all the quali Oedipus of Sophocles is a great work of art written by a great poet,this play symbolizes for the human misery and despairthe torments of the human soul,the innocence and guilt,Wisdom Out of Suffering and Fate that determines many things no matter how we struggle to change it.Oedipus hears about his dreadful fate from the Delphic oracle and flees from Corinth But instead of fleeing from his fate he runs into itOedipus a passionate heart,who ask questions and take risks,has all the qualities of a great manhe has gone through sudden shifts on the course of his life and lets every situation control him.Despite his flaws, Oedipus is a good person who seeks the truth no matter how devastating and who accept the responsibility for his actions..At the end of the play, Oedipus accepts his fate as well as the punishment given to him.He had promised to exile the one who is responsible for the plague , and he fulfills his promise even if he himself is the one to be exiled By mercilessly punishing himself, he becomes a great herowho has a Respect for Justice.Jocasta, on the other hand, appears as a person who would rather control the situation She reveals that she ismature than Oedipus and even reveals a maternal side towards him This is evident in the way she tries to stop Oedipus from investigating further into the mystery of his birth At this point, she has realized the possibility that Oedipus may be her son She would rather let the dreadful fact remain a mystery then let it ruin their livesThe entwined sheets with which she hangs herself symbolize the double life she has led..Oedipus tragic position and his trial to elude the prophecies and to challenge his Fate, that was inevitable as he at last fails, but just having the courage to attempt , makes him a true hero This play raises a question,when someone is trying to avoid doing things Does he have free will or the ability to choose his own path or is everything in life predetermined You ll enjoy this book if you like Plays duh Ancient Greece also duh A fast read Gods who release plagues on a kingdom to ignite drama view spoiler Patricide and incest I mean, not necessarily like them, but tolerate them haha hide spoiler Murder mysteries Knowing something crucial about the plot early on and waiting for characters to find out all about it A.K.A Slow characters Dysfunctional families You ll enjoy this book if you like Plays duh Ancient Greece also duh A fast read Gods who release plagues on a kingdom to ignite drama view spoiler Patricide and incest I mean, not necessarily like them, but tolerate them haha hide spoiler Murder mysteries Knowing something crucial about the plot early on and waiting for characters to find out all about it A.K.A Slow characters Dysfunctional families Oedipus Tyrannus Oedipus Oedipus Rex Oedipus the King The Theban Plays 1 , Sophocles Oedipus the King, is an Athenian tragedy by Sophocles that was first performed around 429 BC Oedipus sent his brother in law Creon to ask advice of the oracle at Delphi concerning a plague ravaging Thebes Creon returns to report that the plague is the result of religious pollution, since the murderer of their former King, Laius, had never been caught Oedipus vows to find the murde Oedipus Tyrannus Oedipus Oedipus Rex Oedipus the King The Theban Plays 1 , Sophocles Oedipus the King, is an Athenian tragedy by Sophocles that was first performed around 429 BC Oedipus sent his brother in law Creon to ask advice of the oracle at Delphi concerning a plague ravaging Thebes Creon returns to report that the plague is the result of religious pollution, since the murderer of their former King, Laius, had never been caught Oedipus vows to find the murderer and curses him for causing the plague 1974 96 212 1387 72 9786005209006 1387 132 9789646088733 1389 144 9789648727890 what man wins happiness than just its shape and the ruin when that shape collapses Sophocles Oedipus Rex has never been surpassed for the raw and terrible power with which its hero struggles to answer the eternal question, 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About the Author: Sophocles

Sophocles born c 496 bc, Colonus, near Athens Greece died 406, Athens , Greek German editions Sophokles, Russian , French editions Sophocle was an ancient Greek tragedy playwright Not many things are known about his life other than that he was wealthy, well educated and wrote about one hundred and twenty three plays of which few are extant One of his best known plays is Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex.


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