“Oedipus Rex” by Sophocles

1554Fiction — print. Prestwick House, 2005. First published 429 B.C. 81 pgs. Classroom handout.

Simply put, Oedipus unknowingly kills his father and marries his mother, Jocasta. When the city of Thebes is struck by plague, Oedipus sets out to discover who the murder of Laios, his father, is as it will lift the curse placed upon the city by the gods, specifically Apollo. In the end, Oedipus discovers what he has done, Jocasta kills herself, and Oedipus blinds himself before exiling himself from Thebes.

This happens to be the fourth time I’ve read Oedipus Rex. This tends to happen when your English teacher quits at the end of every year. However, I still enjoy reading Oedipus Rex because of the way Sophocles presents the story. Sophocles does not tell the story chronologically, instead, the reader learns about Oedipus’ past as he himself uncovers it. Plus, the irony throughout the tale, such as “none are as sick as I” {pg. 31}, makes it all the more enjoyable.

However, mucking through the play alone, i.e. without your classmates reading the parts in the mocking and sarcastic voices teenagers are known for, can make it extremely boring and hard to get through.


  1. Four times! Wow. Did you ever have a different translation? I’ve very curious if it’s any different with a different translator.

    I have only read it twice, I think. Both times for classes. But then we read Antigone and I remember liking that as well.


  2. @ Rebecca: Nope. Same book. Same translation. But I’m in gifted and talented, so we’re pretty good at finding creative ways to entertain ourselves.

    We read in Antigone sophomore year and I do remember really like that. Maybe because of the strong female character…


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