How explicitly does the prophet Tiresias reveal the guilt of Oedipus? Does it seem to you stupidity on the part of Oedipus or a defect in Sophocles' play that the kin takes so long to recognize his guilt and to admit to it?
Although Oedipus does demonstrate genuinely oedipal desires, his tragedy stems not so much from them as from a narcissistic rage over his original mutilation and abandonment by his parents.
But Oedipus is not only the object of our analysis; he is a prototype of the psychoanalyst, as Freud himself recognized. Sophocles thus appears to diagnose the dangers of psychoanalysis. Whatever hope exists in the midst of these dangers is then inferred from his prophetic sequel, Oedipus at Colonus.
Thus, according to Freud, psychoanalysis illuminated the power of the play, rather than the other way around. In order to unearth these lessons, we must begin by attending to the peculiar inconsistencies of the text, especially those within the puzzle of Oedipus himself.
FreudLetter 64, pp. See also Rudnytskypp. How many men obstructed Laius at the crossroads and killed him?
The answer seems obvious: This at least is the version that prevails by the end of the play. That word was notoriously obscure and ambiguous. For instance, Croesus, the Lydian king, consulted the oracle about his plans to attack the neighboring kingdom of the Persians.
Delphi returned the answer that he would destroy a great kingdom, and Croesus mistook these ambiguous words as approval of his plan. He failed to consider a darker possibility: And like everyone in Thebes, Creon would have assumed for all these years that several men killed his former brother-in-law.
However, on five other occasions during his investigation he speaks of one killer, Most remarkable of these occasions is the last. The Chorus has just informed Oedipus: More remarkable still is that Oedipus, at some level, is aware of the discrepancy.
In the midst of the confusion he declares with heavy dramatic irony: According to Dawethe most recent editor of the Greek text, this is not Oedipus committing a parapraxis, a Freudian slip, but instead a technique Sophocles uses to prolong the inquiry and, thus, the dramatic excitement.
What goes unexplained is why Oedipus is the one who most often uses the singular. Were it a slip, though, we would know why: When he has revealed to his audience, and in some ways to himself, that he once killed a rich man and his attendants at a crossroads, he then, significantly, begins to analyze the ambiguity between singular and plural: Now if he uses the same number, it was not I who killed him.
One man cannot be the same as many. Despite the validity of his analysis, however, there is no awareness in it of his own persistent reversion to the singular. His name, for instance, is one such question.
In Greek it is oidipous. Two etymologies are possible since the oid- prefix is the root of two Greek verbs: What walks on four feet in the morning, two in the afternoon, and three in the evening?
But only Oedipus was able to divine it, and without any divine help. Oedipus was born to answer that question. His knowledge came not from birds but from iron. Sophocles plays upon the Greek etymologies in several places. The riddle has several variants.
The shortest version can be found in Apollodorus 3.
Mount Cithaeron to be exposed, they had the tendons of his feet pierced and fettered Exposing deformed children—monsters, as they were once known, since monstrum in Latin means sign, in this case a bad one7—was an accepted, even common, practice in antiquity. Plato recommends it in his Republic 5.
Oedipus was no physical monster—not yet anyway. It was the Delphic prophecy received by Laius, that worst of all signs, that destined Oedipus to perform monstrous deeds. But the staples now deformed his feet, which became swollen. He truly became oidipous, the swollen-footed:Jenny Offill's Dept.
of Speculation metaphorically picks up where Oedipus Rex left off, examining the mistakes that can pop up in the middle of a relationship, long after you've made your initial.
To succeed in this class you must pay attention, engage in lessons, and utilize all of the tools provided to you. LINK TO OEDIPUS REX FILM ON YOUTUBE IF ABSENT: Do now: Journal- List 3 different things you learned about Greek Theatre last class.
Be prepared to discuss. Oct 06, · The lesson is don't create bad karma by doing bad deeds. All the tragedy in Oedipus Rex is caused by Oedipus biological father, King Laius. "In his youth, Laius was a guest of King Pelops of Elis, and became the tutor of Chrysippus, youngest of the king's sons, in chariot ashio-midori.com: Resolved.
Greek Drama Teacher Resources. Find Greek Drama lesson plans and worksheets. Showing 1 - of resources. Thespis, Athens, and The Origins of Greek Drama: Crash Course Theater #2 This course in the history of Greek drama uses Oedipus Rex as an exemplar.
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