- 1 Who is polydorus in Oedipus?
- 2 Why did pelops curse Laius?
- 3 What happened at the crossroads in Oedipus?
- 4 Who killed Polybus?
- 5 Who married Laius?
- 6 Why did Laius kill his child?
- 7 What was Oedipus’s curse?
- 8 Is Oedipus morally guilty?
- 9 What is the moral of the story Oedipus Rex?
- 10 For what reason does Oedipus blind himself?
- 11 Why does Jocasta tell Oedipus about her baby?
- 12 Who survived the Seven Against Thebes?
- 13 What did Cadmus kill?
- 14 Who does Amphion and zethus kill?
Who is polydorus in Oedipus?
Polydorus was the eldest son of Cadmus and Harmonia but younger than Semele, his other sisters were Autonoë, Ino and Agave. He was the father of Labdacus by Nycteïs, the daughter of Nycteus.
Why did pelops curse Laius?
There, Laius fell in love with Pelops’ son, Chrysippus. He lured Chrysippus out of town and raped him, then fled back to Thebes as Pelops cursed him for his transgression.
What happened at the crossroads in Oedipus?
Jocasta tells him that Laius was killed at a three-way crossroads, just before Oedipus arrived in Thebes. It was then, on the journey that would take him to Thebes, that Oedipus was confronted and harassed by a group of travelers, whom he killed in self-defense, at the very crossroads where Laius was killed.
Who killed Polybus?
Believing himself to be the son of his nominal parents, Oedipus was also understandably disgusted the act of murdering Polybus and claiming his wife for himself, as he had no unnatural attraction to Queen Merope.
Who married Laius?
According to one version of the story, Laius, king of Thebes, was warned by an oracle that his son would slay him. Accordingly, when his wife, Jocasta (Iocaste; in Homer, Epicaste), bore a son, he had the baby exposed (a form of infanticide) on Cithaeron.
Why did Laius kill his child?
When a prophecy told him that he would be punished for his crime, he tried to escape punishment rather than repent. Laius bound Oedipus’ feet by driving a pin through them and gave him to Jocasta and ordered her to kill him.
What was Oedipus’s curse?
The falling action of Oedipus at Colonus is Oedipus’s curse of Polynices. The curse is followed by the onset of a storm, which Oedipus recognizes as a signal of his imminent death. The falling action of Antigone occurs after Creon decides to free Antigone from her tomblike prison.
Is Oedipus morally guilty?
The simple answer is that Oedipus is guilty of two crimes: killing the king and incest. While traveling on the road one day, Oedipus meets King Laius. Oedipus is certainly guilty of these crimes, but it seems unreasonable to give him the most extreme punishment. After all, he had no idea he was committing them.
What is the moral of the story Oedipus Rex?
The moral of Oedipus Rex is that one cannot control one’s own destiny and that pride leads to downfall.
For what reason does Oedipus blind himself?
Oedipus’ decision to blind himself is very symbolic. Because of his hubris, he was blind to all of the warning signs about the path he was travelling. He refused to see. In the end, when all is brough to light, he blinds himself, so he finishes the play literally as blind as he figuratively was throughout.
Why does Jocasta tell Oedipus about her baby?
That is the moment that Jocasta realizes that Oedipus is her son and the murderer of King Laius. The child was from the palace of Laius and he was told to get rid of it by Jocasta. This is because of the prophecy that they boy would kill his father.
Who survived the Seven Against Thebes?
Adrastus 1 lost the war and Thebes could not be taken but of all seven chiefs he was the only one who survived, saved by his horse Arion 1. Ten years after, his son Aegialeus 1, one of the so called EPIGONI, was killed at Thebes by Laodamas 1, son of Eteocles 1 and king of Thebes.
What did Cadmus kill?
This painting illustrates the story of Cadmus, founder of the ancient city of Thebes, as told in Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Cadmus is slaying the dragon that has killed his companions. They have died trying to collect spring water from the dragon’s cave, not knowing that it is sacred to the god Mars.
Who does Amphion and zethus kill?
Thus, it was that Dirce was located by Amphion and Zethus, and the queen of Thebes was tied to a bull, whereupon she was dragged to her death. Amphion would then throw the body of Dirce into a well. Some also tell of Amphion killing Lycus, although others tell of Lycus being sent into exile instead.