After Oedipus is kicked off the throne of Thebes, the only
relationships he has left are with his family. But family is a complicated
issue, given that his crimes against the gods are crimes because he did
inappropriate things with family members (killing and marrying, both no-nos
Unfortunately, his daughters are also cursed because they’re
the product of an unholy union between mother and son. The whole idea of family
is really thrown off by this mix-up, and the consequences are deadly.
Questions About Family
What is the difference between Oedipus’ daughters and sons?
Why does Oedipus say that his children are cursed?
Why does Antigone decide to go back to Thebes after Oedipus
Chew on This
In Oedipus at Colonus
the family is like a microcosm of society.
Oedipus at Colonus
demonstrates the breakdown of the family.