Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

Study Guide: Oedipus Rex

Oedipus Rex is the classic tragic play about the story of Oedipus, King of Thebes: doomed to murder his father and marry his mother. Written and performed around 430 BC, the play can be difficult for the contemporary reader. There are a lot of characters with odd relationships and the structure of the play is also quite different from contemporary dramatic plays or literature. This study guide helps you through it all to ensure you have a solid understanding of the play.

This study guide includes scene-by-scene summaries of the action as well analysis to help you understand all the important plot points, motifs and themes of the work. The characters are discussed and important quotes from the play are examined and explained.

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