Oedipus the King

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Oedipus the King, also known as Oedipus Rex, was one of the greatest tragedies written by Sophocles in the fifth century. The Theban legend is about King Laius and Queen Jocasta. After their son was born, an oracle came forth and told them that their son was destined to kill his father and marry his mother. The King and Queen then decided that this baby boy should not live any longer. They would abandon this baby on a mountainside with his feet cruelly pierced so that he could not crawl to safety. Laius and Jocasta thought that they were able to overcome their fate. However, a Shepard found the baby on the mountainside and brought him to the King of Corinth, for he and his wife were unable to conceive on their own. As young Oedipus grew up, an oracle came to him and told him his fate, that he would murder his father and marry his mother.

He decided to leave Corinth to escape his fate. His journey led him to Thebes, where the king was murdered and the Sphinx had ruled and terrorized the city. The only way the Sphinx would leave was to solve the riddle. Oedipus was able to solve it and save the city of Thebes. The citizens decided to give the thrown to Oedipus and have him marry the Queen, Jocasta. Years passed and the city of Thebes was in trouble once more. Famine, drought, death of the pastures, and infertility had overcome the city; and here is where the play begins.

In comparing the play and video of Oedipus the King, they share various similarities. For one, the characters stay consistent throughout the play and the movie, as does the dialogue itself.

However, there are many differences between the two as...