One of the greatest of the classic Greek tragedies and a masterpiece of dramatic construction. Catastrophe ensues when King Oedipus discovers he has inadvertently killed his father and married his mother. Masterly use of dramatic irony greatly intensifies impact of agonizing events. Sophocles'... show more
One of the greatest of the classic Greek tragedies and a masterpiece of dramatic construction. Catastrophe ensues when King Oedipus discovers he has inadvertently killed his father and married his mother. Masterly use of dramatic irony greatly intensifies impact of agonizing events. Sophocles' finest play, Oedipus Rex ranks as a towering landmark of Western drama. Explanatory footnotes.
Publish date: June 1st 1991
Publisher: Dover Publications
Pages no: 54
Edition language: English
, Young Adult
, Read For School
, High School
Series: The Theban Plays (#1)
This play is so messed up that a part of me says that it has to be based on true events. It is sort of like one of the arguments that people use regarding the authenticity of the Bible: every character (with the exception of Jesus Christ) is so flawed that one cannot consider that the stories have b...
Read this in high school. Was too disturbed by the content to really enjoy it. It was definitely interesting but not something I'd ever choose to read again.
I have a wonderful translation of Oedipus Rex that is readable and understandable. I loved both the story and the way it was translated into a spell-bounding drama. Oedipus is the king of Thebes, a great and wise ruler. However, his parentage is unknown. When Thebes begins to suffer famine, the o...
This wasn't as long as I thought it was. I got this audiobook from the library and listened to it with the Overdrive software. It was only 2 parts, both of which were about one hour long. The second part only had about 20 min of book audio and the rest was the production info (which I didn't listen ...
Greek drama was considerably shorter than later theatre. Oedipus Rex is about the moment where Oedipus comes to discover his dreadful story. The tragedy is that his desire for knowledge causes him to discover that he has fulfilled the prophecy that he will murder his father and marry his mother. ...