Oedipus - Character Map

Oedipus - Character Map
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Oedipus the King by Sophocles

Lesson Plans by Rebecca Ray

Oedipus is the most widely known of all Sophocles’ plays. This is primarily because of the psychological concept of the “Oedipal Complex” that Sigmund Freud named for the play’s protagonist, also know as an Oedipus Complex. It posits that all men subconsciously seek to kill their father and marry their mother. After hearing his prophesied fate was to kill his father and then marry is mother, Oedipus tried everything to ensure that this very thing did not happen. However, the very actions taken to avoid this fate led him to fulfill the prophecy.


Oedipus the King / Oedipus Rex

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Oedipus Characters

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  • KING LAIUS
  • Relationship to Oedipus: Biological Father
  • Evidence of Fate: Tries to escape the prophecy; however, he meets Oedipus on the crossroads and suffers his fate (death) anyway.
  • Character's Major Choice: Tries to escape the prophecy by getting rid of Oedipus as an infant.
  • Character's Major Consequences: Oedipus doesn't know who his father is and fulfills the prophecy.
  • QUEEN JOCASTA
  • Relationship to Oedipus:
  • Evidence of Fate:
  • Character's Major Choice:
  • Character's Major Consequences:
  • OEDIPUS
  • Relationship to Oedipus:
  • Evidence of Fate:
  • Character's Major Choice:
  • Character's Major Consequences:
  • CREON
  • Relationship to Oedipus:
  • Evidence of Fate:
  • Character's Major Choice:
  • Character's Major Consequences:
  • TERISIAS
  • Relationship to Oedipus:
  • Evidence of Fate:
  • Character's Major Choice:
  • Character's Major Consequences:
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