William Shakespeare 's ' Oedipus The King ' Essay
Oedipus the King
Publication Date & Literary Period
429 B.C.E, Athens, Greece
Literary Period: Classical
The royal house of Thebes in Ancient Greece
Follows guidelines of classic tragic drama.
Point of View
Third person objective
Major Characters & Brief Descriptions
Oedipus (King of Thebes): Main character/protagonist. Taken away from home as young boy and left with his feet bound. On his way to Thebes, he murders his father (having never met him and not knowing it was his father), and eventually marries his mother (for the same reasons). Very smart, becomes king of Thebes and solves the riddle of the Sphinx. Book ends with his exile and the gouging of his own eyes out.
Jocasta (Mother/Wife of Oedipus): Wife/mother of Oedipus. Attempts to hide information about Oedipus’ childhood and prophecy from Oedipus once she realizes the truth about their incestual relationship. Commits suicide once the realization dawns on her.
Antigone: Daughter/sister of Oedipus. Says goodbye to Oedipus at end of play, before her father/brother is exiled.
Creon (Brother of Jocasta): Brother-in-law of Oedipus. Hypocritically claims to not want to ascend to having the reign of king, but at the end of the play, he seems more interested in the proposition. Foil to Oedipus for his calm composure in contrast to Oedipus’ accusatory and angry spirals. One of two antagonists in the play.…