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Oedipus King (Enriched Classic)
Oedipus King - Enriched Classic
Author: Sophocles, Harry Shefter, Bernard M. W. Knox
The great masterpiece on which Aristotle based his aesthetic theory of drama in the Poetics and from which Freud derived the Oedipus complex. King Oedipus puts out a sentence on the unknown murderer of his father Laius. By a gradual unfolding of incidents, Oedipus learns that he was the assassin and that Jocasta, his wife, is also his mother.
ISBN-13: 9780671543112
ISBN-10: 0671543113
Publication Date: 8/3/1984
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Publisher: Pocket
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Audio CD
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Surprisingly readable. I thought I was going to have to have a Cliffs Notes version or something to help me understand the text (as you would with Shakespeare, Beowulf and the like), but the translation was awesome. Starts out with Oedipus the King addressing some city representatives, and having to solve a murder mystery to appease the gods. Dude....if there was ever a great example of the phrase "Ignorance is bliss", than this is it. Gets you thinking about fate vs. free will, and blindness vs. insight. Crazy ending, too (I literally yelled, "Oh, snap!"). Got through it in 3 days, totally painless reading, glad I read it!
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Oedipus the King is considered the masterpiece of the hundred or so plays written by Sophocles. It has been universally praised for its ingeniously constructed plot and extraordinary insight into human motive and circumstance. In The Interpretation of Dreams, Sigmund Freud summarized the psychological implications: "As the poet brings the guilt of Oedipus to light by his investigation, he forces us to become aware of our own inner selves, in which the same impulses are still extant, even though they are suppressed..." After more than 2,000 years, the basic questions about human behavior raised in this dramatic gem are still being vigorously debated.