This explains the nonsenseabout "tragic flaws" and "hybris".

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The chorus, in a song, calls on the various gods (includingTriple Artemis, in her aspects as huntress, moon-goddess, andgoddess of dark sorcery), to save them from the plague and from theevil god Ares, who is ordinarily the god of war but is herethe god of general mass death.

Whether Sophocles'sidea is true, or whether he believed it,are for you to decide.

The Folk TaleWe don't know whether there was a historical Oedipus.

Teens:Stay away from drugs, work yourself extremely hard in class orat your trade, play sports if and only if you like it,tell the grownups who support you that you love them (no matterwhat the circumstances),and get out of abusive relationships by any means.

Commentators on Sophocles, beginning with Aristotle,have tried to cover over the obvious.

"Oedipus the King" is a monument to Sophocles's dramaticgenius, and to the freedom of Athenianthought.Sophocles himself served as an army general.

The Greeks pronounced it "oy-DEEP-us".


(Greek: Oedipus Tyrannus; Latin: Oedipus Rex; Oedipus the King)

But here is one to arraign him. Lo, at length
They bring the god-inspired seer in whom
Above all other men is truth inborn.
[Enter TEIRESIAS, led by a boy.]

To be extra-sure, they pierced his littlefeet and tied them together.

3. If the is also an unattractive subject, but it's also the way Sophocles's play is remembered. Why do literary texts and literary studies keep representing and discussing a repulsive story or subject like the ? Why has professional Psychology left this concept behind?

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4. Oedipus as a character is often discussed in terms of fate vs. free will, and the "" or . How can we Oedipus's ? How does it relate to the mixed characterization of tragedy? (Compare to good guy-bad guy of .)

It may have beenintroduced to explain the hero's name.

Teiresias, seer who comprehendest all,
Lore of the wise and hidden mysteries,
High things of heaven and low things of the earth,
Thou knowest, though thy blinded eyes see naught,
What plague infects our city; and we turn
To thee, O seer, our one defense and shield.
The purport of the answer that the God
Returned to us who sought his oracle,
The messengers have doubtless told thee—how
One course alone could rid us of the pest,
To find the murderers of Laius,
And slay them or expel them from the land.
Therefore begrudging neither augury
Nor other divination that is thine,
O save thyself, thy country, and thy king,
Save all from this defilement of blood shed.
On thee we rest. This is man's highest end,
To others' service all his powers to lend.

He gave the baby to a friend, who took it to Corinth,another town.

In the US, the "Free Will Baptist" denominationemphasized evangelization and need to work hard to bringothers to Christ, against those who thoughtthat God's predestination made this unnecessary.Some Hindus and Buddhistshave taught that a person's behavior ina past life predestines happiness or misery in the current one,by the laws of karma.

One day, after he had grown up, a drunkmentioned his being adopted.

Ideas about predestination are parodied in "Tristram Shandy" -- thebaby is predestined to have a small nose and an ugly name despite theconscious efforts of the parents to avoid these supposed disasters.