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Fate, Family, and Oedipus Rex: Crash Course Literature 202
Oedipus Rex chronicles the story of Oedipus, a man that becomes the king of Thebes and was always destined from birth to murder his father Laius and marry his mother Jocasta. The play is an example of a classic tragedy, noticeably containing an emphasis on how Oedipus's own faults contribute to the tragic hero's downfall, as opposed to having fate be the sole cause.
Oedipus Rex Translated by Dudley Fitts and Robert Fitzgerald
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It is thought to have been renamed Oedipus Tyrannus to distinguish it from another of Sophocles's plays, Oedipus at Colonus. In antiquity, the term "tyrant" referred to a ruler with no legitimate claim to rule, but it did not necessarily have a negative connotation. Of Sophocles's three Theban plays that have survived, and that deal with the story of Oedipus , Oedipus Rex was the second to be written. However, in terms of the chronology of events that the plays describe, it comes first, followed by Oedipus at Colonus and then Antigone. Prior to the start of Oedipus Rex , Oedipus has become the king of Thebes while unwittingly fulfilling a prophecy that he would kill his father, Laius the previous king , and marry his mother, Jocasta whom Oedipus took as his queen after solving the riddle of the Sphinx.