Oedipus Rex

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In the ancient Greek culture, theater was used to honor Dionysus, their god of fertility and spring. Sophocles was among the most famous playwrights of the time. His play "Oedipus the King" tells the story of a King who falls from greatness. Oedipus is the main Character born to Laius and Jocasta, the king and queen of Thebes. His parents were warned by an oracle that their child would kill his father and marry his mother. This left his parents no choice but to kill their child. Oedipus instead is saved by a Shepard and adopted by the king and queen of Corinth. Later in life Oedipus learns he was adopted and questions his parents about it who deny the allegations. Oedipus then seeks other oracles who only tell him he will kill his father and marry his mother; frustrated, Oedipus leaves Corinth. In his journey Oedipus gets into a quarrel and kills a stranger who turned out to be king Laius. Later Oedipus saves the town of Thebes by solving the riddle of the Sphinx, is crowned king of Thebes, and is wed to his mother Jocasta. Oedipus misfortunes are a result of his temper, hubris, and failure to accept his predetermined fate which ultimately leads to the fall of the king.