Critical Review Of Oedipus Rex Essays

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    11 Oedipus Rex Study Questions Prologue and Parodos: 1. What has been happening in Thebes that brings all members of the community to Oedipus’s palace for answers? 2. What deed had Oedipus accomplished that makes the people believe that he is “the man surest in mortal ways/And wisest in the ways of God”? 3. What do the people of Thebes want Oedipus to do for them? 4. Who is Creon? 5. Who does Oedipus send to Delphi to learn how to save Thebes? 6. What suggestion does Creon make when Oedipus asks

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    Oedipus rex This play is a tragedy. The protagonist of the tragedy is the son of King Laius. After the king learns about the prophecy which states that “he is to be doomed by the hand of his own son” he orders his wife to kill the baby. The wife is hesitant to do so, so she orders a servant to do it. The servant does not want to d it either so she leaves him on top of a mountain. A shepherd then rescues the baby and names him oedipus which means swollen feet. The shepherd takes the baby to Corinth

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    Name ____________________________________________________________ ___ Oedipus Rex Unit Test Multiple Choice: Choose the letter of the best answer. Prologue and Parodos: 1. What has been happening in Thebes that brings all members of the community to Oedipus’s palace for answers? A. A terrible beast, a Sphinx, has been terrifying the city. B. A raging volcano has sent rivers of lava through the streets. C. A plague has descended upon the entire city; death and

  • On Oedipus Rex Essay

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    happen. In Oedipus Rex, the idea of Fate shines through very clearly as Oepidus is unable to escape his Fate, partially as a result of the people around him acting upon it. It was predetermined that Oedipus would kill his father and marry his mother. However, if fate had not intervened and given that message to Laios and Jocasta, then Laios and Jocasta would not have attempted to kill Oedipus. Therefore, there would not be any story. Fate did intervene and as a result, Oedipus killed his father

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    MacDuff is not nurtured by Shakespeare in detail, but is an admirable character and the key in ending Macbeth’s terrible rain. He was pieced together in small details and later assembled into a respectable character that is worthy, loyal, conscience and selfless which exceeds the character of Macbeth. Shakespeare used mainly dialogue and action to build up respect and approval towards him from the audience. Macduff’s first appearance was in Act 2 Scene 3 where he paid a visit to Macbeth’s castle

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    Deeper Look in to the World Oedipus Rex A playwright that survives thousands of years is not common and has a special criterion that makes it great. In the tragedy Oedipus Rex written by Sophocles, these special criteria come together to make one of the world’s greatest tragedies known to man and will never become obsolete. Sophocles brings the level of dramatic irony to new standards in the writing community because in the story each line is taken and given multiple meanings with similes and

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    inflicted pain is the worst to have, for one must blame that pain only on himself.. In the Greek drama Oedipus Rex, Oedipus, the protagonist and tragic hero, is full of hubris, which is arrogance resulting from excessive pride. Many times throughout this story, the readers not only get to take a glimpse at Oedipus’ pride and hunger for power, but they get to watch as it becomes his downfall, as well. Oedipus’ pride is revealed to us when, as king, he takes the responsibility to find the “pollution” that

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    in Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex show an intrinsic relationship between man’s free will existing within the cosmic order, or fate. The Greeks believed this lead the universe in a unifying way. Both fate and free will play a key role in the eventual destruction of Oedipus; although Oedipus ends up being a victim to his fate, he was not necessarily controlled by it. It was said by the oracle of Apollo at Delphi that Oedipus was destined to kill his father, and marry his mother. Although Oedipus does everything

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    Irony found in Oedipus The play, Oedipus Rex, is a Greek tragedy written by Sophocles in the early days of antiquity. This play is based upon an even more ancient story in Greek mythology. Even though the audience knew how the play was going to end, Sophocles made situations where there were dramatic and verbal irony roles. Oedipus left his home in fear that he would kill his father, and marry his mother. Oedipus enters Thebes as the hero that solved the riddle of the sphinz. Oedipus, thinking

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    Aristotle’s “Tragic Hero” AP English Aristotle defines a tragic hero as having six vital defining characteristics. Sophocles Oedipus character matches these characteristics of a classic tragic hero perfectly. The first characteristic is that a tragic hero is great and holds an important position in the story and possesses nobility and virtue as a natural characteristic. Oedipus fits this perfectly as he is the King of Thebes and holds royal blood in his veins. He is also a great king and is able to

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    Oedipus Oedipus Rex is a Greek tragedy written by Sophocles about a man who tries to escape a prophecy of his life from coming true but in turn, ends up fulfilling it instead. Oedipus, the protagonist of the story, is destined by the prophecy to kill his father, Lauis and then marry his mother, Jocasta. Oedipus though, shortly discovers that all this time he had been in denial and subsequently to his own demise. With this, Sophocles, knowing that his audience already knows the outcome of the play

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    Jerremy Johnson Theatre Appreciation Oedipus Rex 3/3/11 1.) If it wasn’t for a person’s natural curiosity to know their future or fate, in greek mythology, they would live an almost peaceful life. It never fail, if you want to live in those days, you would try your best to stay away from the oracles. In almost every Greek play I have read or heard about, the protagonist always meets an undesirable death. But can you blame the Greeks for not utilizing such a powerful resource ? In those times

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    Oedipus Rex Assignment The protagonist of Oedipus Rex is Oedipus. It is very obvious to see that the title character is the protagonist due to the fact that Oedipus wants desperately to find Laius’s murderer. His objective is to find out who killed the former king in order for the plague to end in his kingdom, for his people to stop suffering. He is obsessed with ending this plague and will do anything necessary to find the murderer, which, according to the gods, is the only way the plague will

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    Transparent Flaws Oedipus Rex’s story is the definition of a “Tragic Hero,” because he makes an error of judgement and contains a fatal flaw. The definition of a Tragic Hero is a person of noble birth with heroic or potentially heroic qualities; this person is fated by gods or by some supernatural force to doom and destruction or at least to great suffering. Well said, this absolutely defines Oedipus Rex. In the story of Oedipus Rex, he was born with fate to murder his parent. Right away,

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    In “Oedipus Rex” Sophocles wrote about King Oedipus’ adverse fate. A prophet told King Laius he would be murdered by his own son. So Laius gave his son to a servant to leave him abandoned to die. His parents had tried to escape their own fate. Oedipus makes his way through life with his adopted parents. One thing he didn’t know was his own fate. Oedipus becomes a great leader in life, a king over his kingdom and is very successful and gains power, but still cannot escape his fate. Oedipus achieved

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    For Great Books, half the class acted out the play Oedipus Rex. The other half did Antigone. The play of Oedipus Rex has a great meaning but it is also a tragedy. Oedipus had great pride, which almost always has a downfall. But the play Oedipus Rex is a good way how to deal with your pride. As you know Mrs. Lansdown had our 8th grade great books class write a three page report on the plays we read. She gave us several ideas to write about. I picked to compare and contrast the theme “The bigger

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    Oedipus Rex Oedipus Rex is a typical disaster that shows how King Oedipus does some despicable things that led to his bad luck and ultimately end his control as the "King of Thebes." I will be flouting down the Plot, Structure and Background of this play, and then go more in depth into the theme. The Scheme in Oedipus Rex had a set outline. The play opens with an Introduction, which is in the form of a conversation. In the Introduction, the leading role lays down the declaration for the rest

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    Woodard Dr. Almquist ENG121- Section 06 16 September 2009 To Be or Not To Be Sophocles, the author of Oedipus Rex, defines the qualities of a true leader. True leaders are not necessarily through bloodline; instead, they are judged by their actions and deeds. Because Oedipus was born into royalty, is he a true leader? The answer is contradictory. Throughout the play, Oedipus is widely concerned with his idealized image as the savior of Thebes. He is introduced in the play as a hero, and

  • Oedipus Rex Review

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    Oedipus Rex is a play written by a Greek tragedy playwright Sophocles in 430 B.C. (Sophocles pg v). It is a story which transcends time and is still hold value when comparing common themes such as power and fate. In the world of Oedipus fate is a reoccurring theme which he cannot escape. In many ways the idea of fate is introduced by several characters in the play. The main characters all try circumvent their fate as described to them by several prophetic oracles, only to realize that the harder

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    The Sophoclean view of man’s place in the world is expressed well in the play by Sophocles, Oedipus Rex. Oedipus Rex is about the king and queen of Thebes, and Oedipus who try to escape the fate. In this play, we can clearly see what Sophocles views of man’s place in the world of ancient Greece. We can see that Sophocles tried to warn his audience about the gods and how powerful they really are and how insignificant we, humans, are. that man has free will but no matter what he chooses to do he will

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    How great soever yours, outtops it all.” By saying this, Oedipus is essentially placing himself above the common people, and thus attempting to separate the nobility from the commoners. Embodiment of Power: “Mine is treble anguish crying out for the city, for myself, for you.” After having asserted himself in power, Oedipus can refine this by treating himself as he treats the city of Thebes as a whole. Divine Right: Oedipus mentions doing the gods' work many times. This gives the people

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    the play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, Oedipus character is a perfect example of the classic tragic hero. According to Aristotle's definition, Oedipus is a tragic hero because he comes from a family with royal blood, he has a tragic flaw which is the main factor to his downfall and his life is completely changed when he learns his fate. Oedipus is neither completely good nor evil; he is merely a man who is blinded by his pride, and arrogance to realize the situations he is in. Overall, Oedipus displays

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    Oedipus Rex Analysis Ever since the existence of humanity, people have predetermined their destinies by daily decisions in which we all are involved constantly. Therefore, the impact of the outcome of these decisions we make, either positive or negative, help us better analyze these for future circumstances although people sometimes act without even thinking about it. Oedipus Rex, on the contrary, didn’t get the opportunity to even consider doing the despicable acts in which he was involved in

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    children, generations of the living . . . “This is the opening line to the great play Oedipus Rex. Oedipus goes through a live changing prophecy that was decided from the time he was born. Protagonists such as Oedipus are considered to be tragic heroes. Oedipus would be considered a tragic hero because he goes through a many reversals in fortune and because he is a good and brave person but not perfect and not evil. Oedipus goes through several reversals of fortune, such as when the city was dying from

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    Oedipus’ Downfall In the beginning of Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, one comes to believe that Oedipus is an intelligent and powerful man who saves the city of Thebes. However, by the end of the play Oedipus discovers who his real parents are and that he killed his father; knowing the truth ultimately brought the end of his rule over Thebes. And yet despite this, Oedipus also has several character flaws that brought about his downfall; he is impatient, naïve, and hasty, each one of these helps bring

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    take       your suppliant branches. Someone must call       the Theban people to assemble here.       I’ll do everything I can. With the god’s help       this will all come to light successfully,       or else it will prove our common ruin. [OEDIPUS and CREON go into the palace] PRIEST Let us get up, children. For this man       has willingly declared just what we came for.       And may Phoebus, who sent this oracle,                                   180       come as our saviour

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    Oedipus the King What elements of a story help make the resolution a better fit? Irony is a contributing factor to the conclusion of the story. Although tragic Jocasta’s death makes for a more fitting ending. As events happen, Thebes underwent some of the greatest changes throughout the play, losing and gaining new kings. Oedipus Rex ended in an appealing manner and tied all loose ends. One of the themes in Oedipus the King is irony, it is presented in this play through the action of

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    fate at his birth that no one would ever want, Oedipus was already doomed. The prophecy said that he would kill his father and marry his mother, so he was cast out of his hometown at birth. Hearing his fate he fled the town he was living in, thinking he was escaping his destiny, only to return to his real hometown of Corinth without knowing. Oedipus was not able to overcome his fate, thereby becoming a tragic hero. On his way to Corinth, Oedipus kills a man he encounters who he does not know

  • Oedipus Complex in Oedipus Rex Essay

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    “Oedipus Complex in Oedipus Rex” This essay will discuss Sigmund Freud’s theory of the Oedipal Complex and how it is present in Sophocles’ play Oedipus Rex. The essay will explain Freud’s theory behind this complex and how it is based on Sophocles’ Greek tragedy, in which Oedipus unknowingly murders his father and reproduces with his mother. Along with Freud’s theories, I will also analyze Freud’s unusual obsession with sexuality in humans and its resemblance to Greek literature and the sexual

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    Short Essay February 3, 2013 Oedipus and the Will of the Gods Free will, or one's ability to make choices that are unconstrained by outside factors, is a controversial issue that arises in the play Oedipus Rex. While it may appear that Oedipus was making his own conscious decisions throughout the play, his destiny was already predetermined and inevitable because the prophecies of the oracles speak for the gods which control the overall destiny of the people. Oedipus' downfall was not a result of

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    Oedipus Rex essay paper Katia Blanco A-3 Sophocles play Oedipus Rex is a tragedy, because it contains a tragic hero. Oedipus Rex is the story of a King of Thebes who had a hereditary curse placed on him and was to suffer the tragic consequences of fate. That tragic hero is Oedipus the king of Thebes. He was important to society, had hamartia (arrogance), he later discovered himself, and had a downfall. These are the four things that Sophocles considers to be a tragic hero. What makes Oedipus

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    Aristotle defines Oedipus as a tragic hero for his unfortunate sequence of events. As a child, Oedipus was given a prophecy that he was to grow up marrying his mother and slaying his father. Jocasta and Laius try to impede the prophecy by killing Oedipus, but in the end, fate was the ultimate victor. Aristotle defines a tragic hero by four qualities: goodness, appropriateness, lifelike, and consistency (Aristotle's Tragic Hero). According to Aristotle, Oedipus is an ideal example of a tragic hero

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    Year 10 Oedipus Rex Essay Introduction and Conclusion writing for essays Introduction The introduction of an essay provides the reader with a quick overview of the argument or discussion that will be developed in the body of the essay. As such it should include the following information: 1. Thesis statement – the position or stance your essay will take derived from key words in the question. 2. The name of the writer, the title of the text and the genre (text type e.g. novel, film, stage play)

  • Themes In Oedipus Rex Essay

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    vision is very critical in Oedipus Rex. It is an important theme in the play. It operates literally and metaphorically. Blindness and vision have underlying meanings in Oedipus Rex. Teiresias, the blind prophet, presents the truth to Oedipus and Jocasta and towards the end of the play, Oedipus blinds himself after hearing the truth. Sophocles’ also incorporated figurative blindness on top of physical blindness. Jocasta and Oedipus were both blind to each others true identity. Oedipus was blind to

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    Oedipus Rex: Oedipus vs. Jocasta Date: 17/07/2011 In the play Oedipus Rex, Sophocles uses a variation of situations to show the theme tragedy and how it relates to each character. The characters Jocasta and Oedipus are both characters of tragedy, but individually they deal with different levels of tragic elements. Oedipus, the main character of the play, portrays numerous elements of tragedy which lead him to his down fall. In comparison to Jocasta, Oedipus shows

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    October 2012 Cuevas 6 Oedipus Rex Literary Analysis Ignorance is Bliss: Why Ruin it? Sophocles once said, “Ignorant men don’t know what good they hold in their hands until they’ve flung it away.” All through history many hard working people fall due to ignorance. Oedipus Rex, a play written by Sophocles, is about a man born with a cursed life. Oedipus, the main character, was born with a wretched, lugubrious fate such as; marrying his mother and slaughtering his father. Oedipus’ parents, Jocasta and

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    In Oedipus Rex, Sophocles uses death as a means to exemplify the themes of the play, which include the interaction between fate and free will and the metaphorical significance of blindness and being able to see. Neither of the deaths take place on-stage and nor is the news of the deaths brought by major characters. Here, Sophocles plays with irony in the fact that the minor characters in the play seem to play a very major role. Through this, he also suggests that it is not the action of killing,

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    A Character Analysis from Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot Prufrock's Hourglass ADSpencer, Yahoo Contributor Network Jan 8, 2009 "Share your voice on Yahoo websites. Start Here." * ------------------------------------------------- MORE: * ------------------------------------------------- To His Coy Mistress * ------------------------------------------------- Andrew Marvell FlagPost a comment T.S. Eliot's title character in "Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" questions

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    Tragedy! Aristotle, in his Poetics, defines Oedipus as being “a definite example of the form and purpose of tragedy.” A tragedy is defined as a serious drama featuring a noble, dignified main character- often a member of royalty- who strives to achieve something and is ultimately defeated. Oedipus Rex contains a complete combination of all the features of a tragedy. By using many different themes, Sophocles brings the play to its tragic ending and Oedipus to his ultimate demise. The dramatic irony

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    God and Man in "Oedipus Rex" Author(s): Lauren Silberman Source: College Literature, Vol. 13, No. 3 (Fall, 1986), pp. 292-299 Published by: College Literature Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25111712 . Accessed: 15/01/2014 09:40 Your use of the JSTOR archive indicates your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions of Use, available at . http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp . JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use,

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    Tharyn Coe Mr. Mays 3rd Period 9/17/13 Oedipus: A True Definition of A Tragic Hero The Poet, Aristotle laid the foundation that is today the basis of ancient Greek Tragedy. His connection was simplicity when he talked about “pity and fear”. He soon developed the structure of the tragic hero and told of the four characteristics that a tragic hero must have. These four traits are greatly influenced in the Greek Hero Oedipus Rex. Oedipus exhibits a noble birth in which he is born into a wealthy

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    your own decisions. In the story of Oedipus Rex it has many examples of showing free will. One of the examples is when King Laius and Jocasta had received a prophecy that their son Oedipus would kill King Laius and marry Jocasta. So King Laius and Jocasta tried to kill Oedipus by piercing his ankles and leaving him on the side of a mountain. That was their free will to try to kill Oedipus so the prophecy wouldn’t come true. One other example is when Oedipus telling the plagued city of Thebes that

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    their King Oedipus has made, MY GOD! Will Thebes get right on track or will Oedipus let them down? Stay tuned. Oedipus Rex is the king of Thebes, son of Polybus of Corinth and Merope of the line of Dorus, he was named king after saving the city from the sphinx of riddle . The city right now suffers from infertility on women and Mother Nature, the women cannot have babies and the crops do not grow, it seems the city has been adulterated. The citizens of Thebes are asking for Oedipus to save them

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    High School AP English Oedipus Rex In Ancient Greece, literature shines more than ever and is best known for tragic plays. Oedipus Rex is one of them by Sophocles, definitely an important piece of art to know. The play is about mystery and how Oedipus struggles to find the answer, even though the reader can visualize blindness of the actions the king decides to make. As the whole story unchains, the characters reveal their identities and show ignorance to the Gods. The play has a purpose and

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    succeeding domino is knocked down until everything has fallen apart. In Oedipus The King, Sophocles describes a prophecy which leads to a search for truth and the truth leads to a tragedy. It is inevitable for the prophecy to occur, since it is predetermined and had been prophesied by the oracle. Fate was to lead Oedipus to kill his father and marry his mother, but it is not the prophecy alone to blame for the tragedy. Oedipus has to make difficult choices in order to save his people and for his own

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    6 November 2014 Oedipus Rex signs of Destiny In the dramatic tragedy, Oedipus Rex by Sophocles it explains the statements of fate and destiny. There are many examples and essays that agree that the play does give examples of these terms because of what happens throughout the whole play. The examples of how fate or destiny happens are that Oedipus does kill his father Laius and marry his mother Jocasta. Oedipus’s parents tried to beat fate by trying to kill Oedipus but it was not successful

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    B. Harris AP English/7th Period December 12, 2014 Oedipus Rex  In Oedipus Rex, fate is something that unavoidably befalls two characters. The gods decided Oedipus and Jocasta’s fate even before they knew it. Trying to avoid destiny is pointless because no matter what, it will catch up to a person wherever he or she is. It is often thought that people can change their destiny, but in reality fate was put into action the day they were born. In Greek belief, the gods are not the

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    2nd Block Ms. Arrogance Have you ever been called arrogant, well a man named Oedipus is very arrogant and full of himself. But, nobody has really told him he was. In this story you will find out why being full of yourself can be a bad thing. Oedipus throughout this story has been challenged and has been a little too successful along his journey but his luck will soon change. Oedipus may be a role model to the people now but when the truth is revealed they will think otherwise

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    In the play, “Oedipus the King”, the Ancient Greek cultural value of loyalty to and dependence on the gods is constantly demonstrated throughout. In the beginning of “Oedipus the King,” before Jocasta is introduced into the play, the importance of being loyal to and dependent on the gods is illustrated. The story begins with a priest saying that Oedipus solved the Sphinx riddle “with God’s assistance” (Sophocles 434). Greeks were dependent on the gods and did not believe that they could achieve