History YMMV / OedipusTheKing

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.
28th Jul '14 9:21:40 AM Silverblade2
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* AlternateAesopInterpretation - It could also be said that the big lesson from the story is to simply ignore what the oracles say in the first place. As in each case it was the people involved trying to AVOID the prophecy that caused it. Oedipus' parents sending him to die, where he is instead brought to a different kingdom far away. He hears about his destiny, and fearing that it might happen, leaves what he thinks is his birth home. Frankly if anyone involved would have said, "This prophecy is silly" it probably wouldn't have happened.

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* AlternateAesopInterpretation - AlternateAesopInterpretation: It could also be said that the big lesson from the story is to simply ignore what the oracles say in the first place. As in each case it was the people involved trying to AVOID the prophecy that caused it. Oedipus' parents sending him to die, where he is instead brought to a different kingdom far away. He hears about his destiny, and fearing that it might happen, leaves what he thinks is his birth home. Frankly if anyone involved would have said, "This prophecy is silly" it probably wouldn't have happened.



* AwardSnub - This play is the most famous of all of Greek tragedy. When it was first performed, it got second place at the city Dionysia competition.
* 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.

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* AwardSnub - AwardSnub: This play is the most famous of all of Greek tragedy. When it was first performed, it got second place at the city Dionysia competition.
* HeyItsThatGuy - 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.



* 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 - ItWasHisSled: The play was based on an old story and written with the expectation that the audience knew the ending.



* 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 - NauseaFuel: When Oedipus finds out what he has done, [[spoiler: he gouges his eyes out with his wife's brooches.]]



* {{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}} - {{Narm}}: To a modern audience, a lot of Greek theater comes off this way because [[WorldOfHam it is acted in an overly dramatic manner.]]



* NightmareFuel - There's a video adaptation out there featuring every actor wearing a gigantic mask with terrifyingly huge, black eyes. Ancient Greek theater was actually performed this way, though.

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* NightmareFuel - NightmareFuel: There's a video adaptation out there featuring every actor wearing a gigantic mask with terrifyingly huge, black eyes. Ancient Greek theater was actually performed this way, though.



* NewerThanTheyThink - The play is OlderThanFeudalism but is actually a ''prequel'' to ''Theatre/{{Antigone}}''.
* TearJerker - It's already awfully sad seeing everything go to pot for Oedipus because of Fate, but perhaps the worst part is when he has to explain to his daughters how they will be viewed as disgusting aberrations all because of him.
* ValuesDissonance - Quite a bit. Mainly: To an ancient Greek watching this play, Oedipus would've deserved what was coming to him because of his pride. Nowadays, it just seems kinda mean spirited. There's also the fact that infanticide by exposure was actually common practice in ancient Greece.

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* NewerThanTheyThink - NewerThanTheyThink: The play is OlderThanFeudalism but is actually a ''prequel'' to ''Theatre/{{Antigone}}''.
* TearJerker - TearJerker: It's already awfully sad seeing everything go to pot for Oedipus because of Fate, but perhaps the worst part is when he has to explain to his daughters how they will be viewed as disgusting aberrations all because of him.
* ValuesDissonance - ValuesDissonance: Quite a bit. Mainly: To an ancient Greek watching this play, Oedipus would've deserved what was coming to him because of his pride. Nowadays, it just seems kinda mean spirited. There's also the fact that infanticide by exposure was actually common practice in ancient Greece.
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