Oedipus the King
Memory and the Past Theme
Memories of the past have a complex impact on the characters in Oedipus the King. One message in this play is that delving too far into the past – as Oedipus does against the warnings of nearly everyone around him – is dangerous and self-injuring.
Questions About Memory and the Past
- Does Oedipus’s awareness of his past ultimately benefit or harm him?
- How does hubris impact the ability of Oedipus to perceive and understand the past?
Chew on This
Oedipus the King argues that ignorance is bliss.