Oedipus the King Modern Scholarship



  • The hero is thus the destroyer
  • Man’s determination to find the truth
  • Oedipus in the play is a free agent, and is responsible for the catastrophe
  • Oedipus is clearly a man of action 
  • A heroic example of man’s dedication to search for truth
  • [the chorus] identify prophecy with the very existence of the gods
  • Dedicated to the needs of the city
  • Jocasta argues that no human has true prophetic skill


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