- Paperback: 54 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 13, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1539489221
- ISBN-13: 978-1539489221
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
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The Oedipus Trilogy Paperback – October 13, 2016
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An Athenian dramatist and politician. He is known as the second of the three great Greek tragedians, preceded by Aeschylus and followed by Euripides. He distinguished himself at an early age: At the Athenian celebration of the victory at Salamis (480 BC), the 16-year-old Sophocles was the leader of the chorus of dancing and singing naked boys. A long line of scholars, beginning with Aristotle, considered Sophocles to be the greatest playwright among the ancients. He also won the Festival of Dionysus, an ancient dramatic festival, more times than any other. Records indicate that none of his plays earned anything lower than second place. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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There is a scene where Creon's son Haemon has a fierce argument with his father, trying to dissuade him from banishing Antigone, his fiancé. Haemon begs his father to listen to reason and free her, to no avail. I was reminded of Tennessee Williams' scene
in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof when Brick and Big Daddy go to toe to toe.
A close reading of the text rewards the reader with unexpected charms, including, by way of example, the appearance of the iconic phrase 'all matters great and small', anticipating the use of the nearly identical phrase in Coleridge's Rime of Ancient Mariner nearly 2000 years later.
In Oedipus Rex, the King of Thebes, King Laius hears from the Oracle of Delphi, that him and Queen Jocasta will have a son, whom will kill his father and marry his mother. Horrified, the monarch order his servants to abandon the infant in the mountains, but Oedipus won't die, he will actually be raised up by the king of Corinth. Oedipus will also hear of the Delphic prophecy and will leave his parents, to avoid the curse. However, he will unknowingly slay his real father and marry his mother. The core of the tragedy is that Oedipus will be aware of what he has done, only after Thebes will be decimated by plaque and he will be forced to find the cause that provoked the anger of the gods. At first he will curse the one who brought bad luck on his city and in the end, he will punish himself for his sins and live a miserable life as a blind man, guided by his daughters, Antigone and Ismene. His sons, Eteocles and Polynices, will kill each other in the attack against Thebes, an anticipated event in Oedipus at Colonus and it is also told by the Chorus in Antigone.
If Oedipus dies in Oedipus at Colonus, therefore Antigone will also have a tragic fate, in the play by the same name, because she will defy King Creon's interdiction of mourning and burying Polynices's body, Antigone is probably one of the first feminist women, because she is not afraid to risk her life for duty's sake and for the love for her brother. She will curse Creon for his arrogance and injustice, before committing suicide as a sign of despair and protest.
Since this work is part of the English cannon, it would make sense for the play to be free.
The only problem is that this version is not perfect. This version uses a lot of archaic (out-dated) language and is clearly a college level text. (I would not advise this version to High School students!) The text is also poorly formatted with many of the lines squished together and no line numbers.
But if you are looking for a last minute text for a class then this version does the job well.
I have heard that there were some problems with this text in that it was missing pages. To make sure the text is the whole trilogy; check the table of contents and there should be: "Oedipus the King", "Oedipus at Colonus", and "Antigone".
If you feel like there are missing parts search up the text on Google. The text should be found free in other places online such as college websites.