Review: Oedipus Rex

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Oedipus Rex
Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Review

4 out of 5 stars to Oedipus Rex, the first of “The Theban Plays,” written by Sophocles around 430 BC. If you are unfamiliar with Greek tragedies, the thing you need to know most is that the authors often played with the concept of fate: not just that some things are meant to be or to come back and haunt you, but that there is always more going on than you realize at the time. This is one of the plays you should absolutely read. Although borderline spoiler, it’s important to know 1 fact about the play, as it plays into the mind of so many psychologists today when they speak about an Oedipal Complex, as in all young boys (kids?) fall in love with their mothers at some point. Essentially, Oedipus kills the King and marries the King’s wife. Little does he know…. that was his father and she is his mother. Whaaaaattttt? How does that happen? Seriously… well, the plot is intricate, the history is insane… and it’s only the first of three in this trilogy. Find a translation and read it. It’s a little convoluted, and the language may be a bit metaphorical in too many places, but the characters and the plot is amazing!

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8 thoughts on “Review: Oedipus Rex

    swordsandspectres said:
    June 15, 2017 at 9:45 AM

    Makes a change to see someone reviewing things like this!

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 15, 2017 at 9:46 AM

      I’m all of the place these days! Enjoying different things.

      Liked by 1 person

        swordsandspectres said:
        June 15, 2017 at 9:52 AM

        Best way to be. I think ‘The Ballad of Reading Gaol’ is one of the most enjoyable poems I have ever read. Was so happy to review it. Some times it pays to step away from the norm.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        June 15, 2017 at 9:55 AM

        I don’t think I read it… I have to go check that out, thanks.


    Esther said:
    June 15, 2017 at 11:53 AM

    I read this book last year in a program I was in. Very complex, but intriguing at the same time.

    Liked by 1 person

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