Table of Contents
- 1 How does Oedipus react to Laius death?
- 2 How does Oedipus respond when he discovers Jocasta’s lifeless body?
- 3 What is Jocasta’s curse?
- 4 Did Oedipus know he killed his father?
- 5 What happens when Oedipus finds out the truth?
- 6 At what point does Oedipus realize the truth?
- 7 Why is Laius cursed?
- 8 Did Oedipus know he married his mother?
- 9 Why was Jocasta important to the story of Oedipus?
- 10 Why did Jocasta try to downplay the divine prophecy?
- 11 Why was Jocasta reluctant to accept Tiresias wise words?
How does Oedipus react to Laius death?
Oedipus explains to Jocasta that the prophet has charged him with Laius’s murder, and Jocasta replies that all prophecies are false. Jocasta tells him that Laius was killed at a three-way crossroads, just before Oedipus arrived in Thebes. Oedipus, stunned, tells his wife that he may be the one who murdered Laius.
How does Oedipus respond when he discovers Jocasta’s lifeless body?
How does Oedipus respond when he discovers Jocasta’s lifeless body? He takes Jocasta’s brooches off of her dress and stabs them into his eyes; he does not want to see himself or his crime–he is too ashamed. He also never wants to look at his children again, because he will just see pain.
What does Oedipus do when he finds Jocasta dead?
Oedipus, realizing that he truly did kill his father and marry his mother, runs back into the Palace, where he finds Jocasta dead, having hanged herself when she realized what she had done. Seeing this, Oedipus tears the pins off her dress and uses them to gouge out his own eyes.
What is Jocasta’s curse?
Appalled by his own actions and disgusted by his figurative blindness, Oedipus used the pin of one of Jocasta’s brooches to jab out his eyes, literally blinding himself. When his two sons (and brothers) refused to oppose his exile, the departing Oedipus cursed them.
Did Oedipus know he killed his father?
To prevent the prophecy, Oedipus kills his father, fulfilling the first part unintentionally. He does not even know that the man he has killed was his own biological father.
What does Oedipus do when he finds out the truth of who he is?
Oedipus becomes distressed by Jocasta’s remarks because just before he came to Thebes he killed a man who resembled Laius at a crossroads. To learn the truth, Oedipus sends for the only living witness to the murder, a shepherd.
What happens when Oedipus finds out the truth?
In an even older version by Homer, though, Oedipus doesn’t stop ruling Thebes after he finds out the truth. When the truth comes out, Jocasta kill herself and Oedipus is tortured by the Furies for a while, but stays in charge of the city. Eventually, though, he dies in battle and is given an honorable burial in Thebes.
At what point does Oedipus realize the truth?
Oedipus must realize that something is amiss when Jocasta leaves the stage screaming, but his speech at lines 1183–1194 is strangely joyful. Chance, he says in this speech, is his mother, and the waxing and waning moon his brothers.
What is Oedipus’s curse?
The falling action of Oedipus at Colonus is Oedipus’s curse of Polynices. The curse is followed by the onset of a storm, which Oedipus recognizes as a signal of his imminent death. The falling action of Antigone occurs after Creon decides to free Antigone from her tomblike prison.
Why is Laius cursed?
Laius is cursed in Oedipus Rex because he defiled the hospitality extended by King Pelops.
Did Oedipus know he married his mother?
He kills Laius in a scuffle at a crossroads, not knowing he’s his real dad. Later, he wins the throne of Thebes and unknowingly marries his mother, Jocasta, after answering the riddle of the Sphinx.
What’s it called when a son is in love with his mother?
In psychoanalytic theory, the Oedipus complex refers to the child’s desire for sexual involvement with the opposite sex parent, particularly a boy’s erotic attention to his mother. The Oedipal complex occurs in the phallic stage of psychosexual development between the ages of three and five.
Why was Jocasta important to the story of Oedipus?
She worked to suppress much of the faith Oedipus had in them, in the interest of keeping the city, herself, and Oedipus in a powerful yet strong position. Jocasta’s role in the story influenced Oedipus to think back to Laius’ death and begin to try to solve the Sphinx’s riddle.
Why did Jocasta try to downplay the divine prophecy?
Jocasta tries to downplay the divine prophecy for the same reason as Oedipus: she doesn’t want to believe in it. The truth hurts, as they say, and for Jocasta, the truth would be very painful indeed if the prophecy turns out to be remotely accurate.
How did King Laius die in Oedipus the king?
In Oedipus the King, it seems as though chance is a motif. King Laius was said to be killed at three crossroads. When Oedipus ran from Corinth, he admitted to killing a man who caused conflict along the way. The chance this could be the same man is very slim; the two stories did not match up.
Why was Jocasta reluctant to accept Tiresias wise words?
As a woman in ancient Greek society, Jocasta is especially vulnerable to the revelation of this terrible truth. If it transpires that she did indeed marry her own son—albeit inadvertently—then she will be exposed to public disgrace. We can understand, then, why she’s so reluctant to accept the wise words of Tiresias.