Oedipus Rex Sophocles Oedipus the King is a tragic play which discusses the tragic breakthrough of Oedipus that he has killed his father and married his mother. The story of Oedipus was well know to the athenians. Oedipus is the embodiement of the perfect Athenian. He is self-confident, intelligent, and strong willed. Ironically these are the real traits which bring about his tragic discovery. Oedipus gained the rule of Thebes by answering the riddle of Sphinx. Sophocles used the riddle of the sphinx as a parable for the 3 phases of Oedipus life and to futher characterized him as a tragic military personnel.
The Sphinx constitute the following riddle to all who came to obtain the rule of thebes: What is it that walks on 4 feet and 2 feet and 3 feet and has only one voice, when it walks on most feet it is the weakest? Oedipus correctly answered Man and became the king of Thebes. This riddle is a metaphor for the life of Oedipus. As a child man crawls on his ha...If you want to get a full essay, array it on our website: Ordercustompaper.com
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