History Theatre / OedipusTheKing

14th Jan '18 8:14:08 PM maxwellsilver
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''Theatre/OedipusRex'' redirects here. If you're looking for the character archetype that this play named, it's OedipusComplex.

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''Theatre/OedipusRex'' ''Oedipus Rex'' redirects here. If you're looking for the character archetype that this play named, it's OedipusComplex.
14th Jan '18 8:11:45 PM maxwellsilver
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When Oedipus was born, the sole prince of Thebes, it was foretold he would kill his father and marry his mother. His father orders his son to be left in the wilderness to die. [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim This does]] [[GenreBlind not work.]] Oedipus ends up being adopted by another pair of royals who fail to tell him that they are not his birth parents. Oedipus eventually gets wind of the prophecy from his birth and [[{{Irony}} leaves home to avoid that fate]].

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When Oedipus was born, the sole prince of Thebes, it was foretold he would kill his father and marry his mother. His father orders his son to be left in the wilderness to die. [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim This does]] [[GenreBlind does not work.]] Oedipus ends up being adopted by another pair of royals who fail to tell him that they are not his birth parents. Oedipus eventually gets wind of the prophecy from his birth and [[{{Irony}} leaves home to avoid that fate]].
14th Jan '18 8:10:14 PM maxwellsilver
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[[caption-width-right:350:[[EyeScream No eyes]], [[MemeticMutation mother]][[Series/{{Dexter}} fucker]].]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:[[EyeScream No eyes]], [[MemeticMutation mother]][[Series/{{Dexter}} fucker]].[[Series/{{Dexter}} motherfucker]].]]
23rd Dec '17 9:15:01 AM GoodGamer14
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** Interestingly, Iocaste at one point comments that it's not especially unusual for people to have dreams of sleeping with their mothers, meaning the trope itself is OlderThanTheyThink.

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** Interestingly, Iocaste Jocasta at one point comments that it's not especially unusual for people to have dreams of sleeping with their mothers, meaning the trope itself is OlderThanTheyThink.
21st Sep '17 12:05:30 AM PaulA
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-->--'''Music/TomLehrer''', "Oedipus Rex"

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-->--'''Music/TomLehrer''', -->-- "Oedipus Rex"
Rex", ''Music/AnEveningWastedWithTomLehrer''
28th Apr '17 11:48:08 AM stuffedninja
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[[caption-width-right:350:[[EyeScream No eyes]], [[MemeticMutation Motherfucker]].]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:[[EyeScream No eyes]], [[MemeticMutation Motherfucker]].mother]][[Series/{{Dexter}} fucker]].]]
7th Feb '17 9:14:08 AM MJTrooper
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* OneDimensionalThinking: Oedipus and his birth father could have just gone around each other, but instead, they get in a fight that results in the father's death.
7th Feb '17 9:10:26 AM MJTrooper
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* OneDimensionalThinking: Oedipus and his birth father could have just gone around each other, but instead, they get in a fight that results in the father's death.
21st Aug '16 4:00:42 PM nate-siq
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* InMediasRes: The play starts at the beginning of the end (Oedipus's final day as king, unbeknownst to him), showing a single day in his life and in that day his whole life is revealed via backstory.
12th Jun '16 6:29:18 PM PaulA
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* DrivenToSuicide: Jocasta commits suicide when she realizes what has happened.



* SelfFulfillingProphecy: Perhaps one of the oldest and best known examples.

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* SelfFulfillingProphecy: Perhaps one of the oldest and best known examples. Trying to prevent the prophecy that their son will kill his father and marry his mother, Laios and Jocasta order that he be abandoned in the wild. But the baby is saved, and he not knowing his parents (nor they knowing him) is, of course, the set-up that makes the prophecy actually come true. Oedipus, unaware that he is adopted, visits an oracle and is told that he will kill his father. He immediately flees from his parents so that he can't possibly kill his (adopted) father... and runs into Laios on the road where they get into a fight...
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