History YMMV / OedipusTheKing

7th Oct '16 5:17:06 PM BlackBaroness
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* MoralEventHorizon: Laius crosses this prior to the trilogy when he rapes the titular character of ''Chrysippus''. This angers the gods, whom curse his entire family and lead to the catastrophic events of the trilogy.
12th Jun '16 5:21:30 PM tyouker
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*AlternateCharacterInterpretation: It's entirely possible that Jocasta knew all along who Oedipus was and, for the sake of maintaining her lifestyle and the city's stability (and because of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetic_sexual_attraction genetic sexual attraction]]), married and had children with her own son. Her suicide was not caused by her realizing the truth but by her realizing that she couldn't stop the truth from coming out.
**You can also interpret Creon as suspecting the truth but not wanting to pursue it because of the political implications.
12th Jun '16 5:13:04 PM tyouker
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**Yes and no. If you read the songs by the Chorus (who are kind of like audience surrogates), they seem genuinely confused about whether Oedipus' suffering has any meaning at all, and the only [[AnAesop Aesop]] they can come up with is "no matter how successful someone is, don't judge him happy until he's died happy, because you never know what could happen."
12th Jun '16 4:50:54 PM tyouker
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* {{Narm}}: To a modern audience, a lot of Greek theater comes off this way because most modern Western actors lack the training to perform it in a way that doesn't just look like [[WorldOfHam cheesy overacting,]] and audiences that are used to Realism may struggle to take it seriously even when it's done well.

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* {{Narm}}: To a modern audience, a lot of Greek theater comes off this way way, because most modern Western actors lack the training to perform it in a way that doesn't just look like [[WorldOfHam cheesy overacting,]] and audiences that are used to Realism may struggle to take it seriously even when it's done well.stilted overacting]].
12th Jun '16 4:49:29 PM tyouker
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* {{Narm}}: To a modern audience, a lot of Greek theater comes off this way because [[WorldOfHam it is acted in an overly dramatic manner.]]

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* {{Narm}}: To a modern audience, a lot of Greek theater comes off this way because most modern Western actors lack the training to perform it in a way that doesn't just look like [[WorldOfHam cheesy overacting,]] and audiences that are used to Realism may struggle to take it is acted in an overly dramatic manner.]]seriously even when it's done well.
22nd Apr '16 2:32:27 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* HeyItsThatGuy: The 1957 version features a very young [[WilliamShatner William Shatner]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOlaRdgJyWk who is briefly seen at the beginning intro]], when the actors have no masks. It was his second film role but unfortunately thanks to the masks we never see which specific chorus member he plays.
** Douglas Rain, aka [[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey HAL 9000]], also plays the role of the Messenger.
5th Mar '16 7:35:25 PM ading
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* NauseaFuel: When Oedipus finds out what he has done, [[spoiler: he gouges his eyes out with his wife's brooches.]]

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* NauseaFuel: When Oedipus finds out what he has done, [[spoiler: he gouges his eyes out with his wife's brooches.]]
20th Aug '15 4:13:02 PM Tuckerscreator
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** Alternatively, don't kill people who cut you off in traffic.
*** Alternatively-alternatively, ''don't cut people off in traffic''.

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** Alternatively, don't cut people off in traffic or kill people who cut you off in traffic.
*** Alternatively-alternatively, ''don't cut people off in traffic''.
traffic.
20th Aug '15 3:52:13 PM AdelePotter
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*** Alternatively-alternatively, ''don't cut people off in traffic''.
15th Mar '15 10:43:34 PM JulianLapostat
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* ItWasHisSled: The play was based on an old story and written with the expectation that the audience knew the ending.

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* ItWasHisSled: The play was based on an old story and written with the expectation that the audience knew the ending. Indeed, as pointed out by classicist Bernard Knox, that gave the play its Suspense, since the audience was waiting for when Oedipus would discover the AwfulTruth.
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