Oedipus was a tragic hero in Greek mythology a king condemned to a fate severe, because he unknowingly killed his father and married his mother. His story is the story of a person because he did not know his true identity, has followed the wrong path in life. When he set foot on this path, his best qualities do not save the results of actions that have violated the laws of gods and humans. Oedipus represents two enduring themes of Greek mythology and drama: the imperfect nature of humanity and powerlessness of the individual against the course of destiny in a world hard.
Mito. The story begins with a son born to King Laius and Jocasta, Queen of Thebes *. * The oracle of Delphi told that their children grow up and marry Jocasta Laius’s murder. Horrified, the king tied the child’s feet with a pin and left him in a mountainside to die.
However, the shepherds found the baby, who became known as Oedipus or “swollen foot” and moved to the city of Corinth. Polybius was King and Queen Merope had taken and led him to think it was his own son. When Oedipus grew, however, someone said it was not the son of Polybius. Oedipus went to Delphi to ask the oracle about its origins. The reply was: “You’re the man for murdering his father and marry his mother.”
How to Laius and Jocasta, Oedipus was determined to avoid the fate planned for him. Believing that the oracle had said that he was destined to kill Polybus and Merope married, has vowed not to return to Corinth. Instead, he went to Thebes.
When Oedipus came to a narrow path between the rocks. There he met an elderly man in a truck coming the other way. The two argued about who should give way, and Oedipus killed abroad, and continued to Thebes. He found the city in great distress. He learned that a monster called the Sphinx of Thebes was to terrorize by devouring as they did not answer to the riddle, and that King Laius was murdered on the way to seek help from the Oracle Delphi. The riddle of the Sphinx was, “What goes on four legs in the morning, two at noon and three at night?” Oedipus gave the correct answer: “A man who crawls as a baby, becoming erect at the maturity, and leans on a stick in old age. ” With this answer, not Oedipus just defeated the Sphinx, who killed herself in rage, but won the throne of the dead king and his hand in marriage of the widow of the king, Jocasta.
Oedipus and Jocasta live happily in time and had two sons and two daughters. Then, a terrible plague was Thebes. The Prophet said that the plague is not complete until the Thebans drove the murderess of Laius, who was inside the city. Messenger, and then came to Corinth, indicate the death of King Oedipus Polybus and asked to return to the rule of law and to the Corinthians. Jocasta, Oedipus has said that the oracle had predicted to him and expressed relief that the danger was over Polybus of his murder. Jocasta told him not to worry about oracles, because the oracle had said that her first husband died from his son, and instead had been murdered a stranger on the road to Delphi.
Oedipus suddenly remembered that the fatal encounter on the road and I knew he had met and killed his real father, Laius. Meanwhile, Jocasta noticed the scars on the Oedipus feet has been marked as the baby’s legs Layo placed long ago. By the fact that she had married her own son and the murderer of Laius, who hanged himself. Oedipus took a pin from her dress and blinded himself with her.
Some accounts say that Oedipus was banished both of Thebes, while others report that he lived a miserable existence, despised by all, until their children grew. Finally, he was forced into exile, accompanied by his two daughters, Antigone and Ismene. After years of walking alone, came to Athens, where he found shelter in a grove of trees called the colon. At that time, the warring factions in Thebes wanted to return to this city, believing that his body be put to good luck. However, Oedipus at Colonus is dead, and the presence of his tomb is said to bring good luck in Athens.
Legacy. This is the most famous story of the Oedipus myth, Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus and stored in two dramas by the ancient greek playwright Sophocles. Most versions of the story was followed by a model that Sophocles around, even if an earlier version of which Homer speaks the Greek epic the Iliad and the Odyssey, says that when Oedipus’s identity was revealed, Jocasta hangs herself. Oedipus, however, continues to rule Thebes died in battle, and was buried with honor.
Oedipus was a tragic hero of Greek mythology, a king to death, because unknowingly killed his father and married his mother. His story is the story of someone who, because they did not know his true identity, has followed the wrong path in life. Once he had set foot on this path, their best qualities, I could not save results of actions that have violated the laws of gods and men. Oedipus represents two constant themes of Greek mythology and drama: the imperfect nature of humanity and powerlessness of the individual against the course of fate in a harsh world.
Myth. The story begins with the king was born the son of Laius and Jocasta, Queen of Thebes *. * The oracle of Delphi told them that their children would grow up to kill Laius and marry Jocasta. Terrified, the king attacked the child’s legs together with a large pin and left him to die on the mountain.
However, the shepherds found the baby, who became known as the Oedipus complex, or “swollen foot” and took him to the city of Corinth. There, the King and Queen Merope Polybus adopted him and raised to think that it was his son. When Oedipus was grown, however, someone told him he was the son of Polybus. Oedipus went to Delphi to ask the oracle of his kin. The answer he received was: “You are the man fated to kill his father and marry his mother.”
Like Laius and Jocasta, Oedipus was determined to avoid the fate predicted for him. To believe that Oracle had said that he was destined to kill Polybius and married Merope, he vowed never to return to Corinth. Instead, he goes to Thebes.