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Oedipus the King

Oedipus the King

  

by Sophocles

Oedipus the King Analysis

Literary Devices in Oedipus the King

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Sophocles certainly wasn't shy about the motif of sight vs. blindness. If you've got way too much time on your hands, go through the play and highlight words like "see," "sight," "vision," "eyes,"...

Setting

Oedipus the King is set in that doomed city-state called Thebes. Though most Greek playwrights were Athenian, their plays are hardly ever set in their home town—in fact, they weren't allowed to d...

Genre

Done. Oedipus the King is the mic drop of the tragedy world. It's the ur-tragedy, the great grandpappy, the worst of the worst of the worst. It's still hard to get more tragic that poor old Oed and...

Tone

It’s important to know Sophocles didn’t make the whole Oedipus story up. The Oedipus myth had been around, so Sophocles’s audience would have been familiar with the tragic ending before the p...

Writing Style

Here's the thing: the writing style of Oedipus the King totally depends upon whose translation you're reading. Since the play is really old, there have been many translations of Sophocles's origina...

What’s Up With the Title?

Well, the title is rather self-explanatory. Those Greeks didn’t beat around the bush. Oedipus is the protagonist and hero of this play... and he's a king.

Plot Analysis

Oedipus is aware that there is a curse on Thebes and has Creon gather insight into how to lift it These are the circumstances at the beginning of the play. At first, it seems like this is just an...

Booker's Seven Basic Plots Analysis

Oedipus is busy ruling Thebes as normal. He is aware that there is a curse on the city and hopes to lift it. Oedipus is fully confident that he can lift whatever curse the city is under. He begi...

Three Act Plot Analysis

Oedipus, aware that there is a curse on Thebes, sends Creon for additional information. Oedipus is informed that to lift the curse: he must find and prosecute Laius’s murderer. He promises to f...

Steaminess Rating

The fact that Oedipus marries, sleeps with, and has four children with his mother gives rise to terms such as the Oedipus Complex... and is probably the best known element of the Oedipus trilogy. H...

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