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Oedipus Rex PDF Summary

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Oedipus Rex PDFAre we the creators of our lives, or is there a force much more powerful than us that ultimately creates a path?

If there is such a force, is a man capable of fighting it?

Who Should Read “Oedipus Rex”? And Why?

“Oedipus Rex” is a classic tragedy about the power of fate. Although it was written in ancient times, it works even in modern context.

We recommend it to all lovers of plays, tragedy and especially to those enjoying the works of ancient authors.

Sophocles Biography

Sophocles BiographySophocles is an ancient Greek playwright and is one of the three playwrights whose work survived until the modern day.

He has written over 120 plays during his lifetime, but only a few have been kept in their complete form.

In Athens, he was celebrated as the best playwright for a long time. His works remain as one of the classics and are studied all around the world, as the basis of tragedy.

Plot

Oedipus Rex, or Oedipus the King is a psychological murder mystery play set in Thebes.  

The play opens with the citizens begging they king to get rid of the plague that has taken, so many lives in the city.

The king Oedipus has already given the task to his brother Creon to go to the Oracle and come back with an answer of what to do.

When he returns, Creon tells Oedipus that the oracle advised him to find the murderer of the former king. When the murderer is punished, the plague will end and they will be all saved.

Oedipus does not have second thoughts: he immediately sets out to find the murderer and save his country.

To do it, he summons Tiresias, a blind prophet in the kingdom. However, the prophet is not willing to speak.

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