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Oedipus Rex -- anyone read this? I read it and i need some help with something about it 0.0

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  1. anonymous
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    Yes. Oedipus Rex is the first book of the Oedipus Trilogy by Sophocles. I had to know the basic plot for Ap world history. Heres what I have on it: City of Thebes, Characters: oedipus - mythological king of thebes, wife jocasta. Laius is the old king, also the real father of oedipus. Tiresias is the prophet who plays the role of almost a narrator, letting the reader see into the past despite the greek style of time going by at a realistic pace in plays. Oedipus is prideful and arrogant, and tiresais says that he is the murderer that is causing the catastrophic events in thebes. Oedipus dismisses that. Tiresias famously says "How odd, how those who cannot see have no sight But I, who can not see, see the truth". So oedipus always heard rumors that he would kill his father and marry his mother. But he believed that his mother and father were the king and queen of Corinth. So he calls a messenger in, who gives him the news that he is actually adopted by the king and queen of corinth. So then it jumps back to when oedipus was traveling to thebes. He met an old man on a carriage, who, while arguing with him, fell off and died. After that, he encountered a sphinx, who gave him the riddle "what walks on four legs in the morning, two in the afternoon, but 3 in the evening". He correctly answered a human, and then due to this, he was crowned new king of thebes - because the king had died "from bandits", Then jocasta tells him that she and her ex husband did have a son (and they happened to have that son about how long ago oedipus is old) and they gave him to a servant to pin to a tree. Now, in present time, jocasta calls in the servant, who admits to actually giving the infant to the king and queen of corinth. Then, oedipus makes the connection. The man on the chariot was his father, the king of thebes, and his mother is jocasta, who is married. He then finds jocasta hanging, dead, and he prys both of his eyes out.

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    Feel free to ask any questions, but that is about all that I have

  3. anonymous
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    Here is my question ... What are the effects of pride on the main character? Use examples from the text to support your ideas

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