Warning! Spoilers of the three plays of Oedipus Ensue!
Recently in my English class, we read the tragic tale of Oedipus. The stories of Oedipus, which was written by Sophocles, are split into three parts. They are Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone.In the first book, Oedipus was a great king having defeated the terrible Sphinx before his reign began. he was given honor to rule over the city-state. The king before was killed by an unknown assailant . Oedipus wonders who killed the king and declares to find the murderer and punish him… little does he know what bottomless pit he is getting himself into.
Later it is revealed that Oedipus himself was the one that killed the king and he is the son of the king. He was castaway form birth due to a prophecy of Apollo that declared the son of the king shall kill the king and have children with his mother. It was his own ambition to find the killer of the king that led him to this revelation. He blinds himself afterwards as a punishment and so that he doesn’t have to see the look on people’s faces when gasp at the thought that they are looking at Oedipus. The two plays after
In my opinion, this is one the greatest examples of irony that I have read. It shows how a great king could become a lowly beggar. It made me think about if in this world has there any leaders that lost all there power and became a simple nobody with nothing. It shows the transformation that a character can take. In all three books, one of the most prominent themes is human suffering. We see if all around in the books the events that surround them.
I won’t spoil everything in the books so that you can enjoy them yourselves. They will hold a place in my heart because of the story. It has been one of the most interesting ones I have read in a long time. I guess its time for me go! Have fun reading Oedipus!