Oedipus myth

Mythology presentation

Oedipus

we selected Oedipus because he is a main and important character in this myth, Oedipus was a very intelligent man and was very good at solving riddles. We also choose him because of his tragic story. He was told a prophecy that he would kill his father and marry his mother and tried to avoid it, the actions he made to dodge the prophecy is what caused it to happen. No matter what he did he was unable to escape fate and avoid the prophecy. Another reason i choose him is because of his bravery, Oedipus volunteered to get rid of the sphinx for the city of Thebes, by solving a very hard riddle. He solved the riddle, killed the sphinx, and became the king of Thebes as a reward from the city.

Summary

Oedipus was born to the king and queen of Thebes, Laius and Jocasta. Before Oedipus was born, his father had went to oracle where he was told eventually his son would kill him and marry his wife. Several years later they had the child, they named the child Oedipus. Jocasta told a servant to abandon the baby on a mountain, the servant felt bad for Oedipus so he gave the child to a Shepard. The Shepard passed the child onto another Shepard, eventually he was adopted by the king and queen of Corinth, Polybus and Merope. Oedipus grew up to be a fine young man. One evening at a party a drunk man told Oedipus that he was adopted. To clear his suspicion Oedipus went to a oracle, that told Oedipus that he would kill his father and marry his mother and have children with her, frightened he runs away from Cornith to try to avoid the prophecy. As Oedipus was traveling to Thebes, he ended up at a place where three roads meet, he encountered an old man on a chariot, he asked the old man which way to take. The old man was mad because his chariot was stopped just for a question,the old mman and Oedipus both were short tempered,Oedipus also got mad and they ended up having a fight. Oedipus killed almost all the guards except, one guard escaped and ran away. Oedipus had fulfilled the first part of the prophecy to kill his father king of Thebes. When he reached the city of Thebes all the gates were closed because of a sphinx who devours anyone who cant answer her riddles,|Oedipus volunteered to kill it. After days of traveling he found the sphinx, he challenged the Sphinx and solved her riddle, the sphinx died and disappeared into dust. When Oedipus returned to Thebes he was crowned king and fulfilled the second part of his prophecy by marrying his mother and have children with her.Many years passed Oedipus became a wise king, and there was a plague in the city, so Creon, brother of Jocasta went to a prophecy and was told that the only way to get rid of the plague is to find the killer of Laius the past king and kill or banish him. The soldier that escaped from battling Oedipus where the three paths met, spoke up to the crowd and told them the truth about Oedipus and that he killed his father and that he was the son of his wife, Oedipus denied the warriors words, Jocasta tells the story of how many years ago they abandoned a baby on top of the mountain, and Oedipus told the story of how he killed a man on a chariot and his men, when Jocasta realized that Oedipus was her son, she hanged herself. Oedipus was so sad that he plucked his eyes with pins because he did not want to see again. For some years Oedipus and his children stayed in Thebes until Creon decided that Oedipus should be banished, because all he brought was painful memories. He traveled with his daughter until they reached Colonus, Oedipus decided he wanted this holy place as his was his deathbed. Meanwhile Thebes was at war Oedipus's sons were fighting for the throne and an oracle told them the only way to stop the war is for Oedipus to return to Thebes , but he refused to leave Colonus and that he would not return after he was banished. Oedipus had a peaceful death in Colonus and went to heaven.

Characteristics of Oedipus

Intelligent: He solved the riddle of the sphinx that many men couldn't solve.


Angry : Oedipus is short tempered and can get mad easily for example, He killed his dad and other warriors just because an old man wouldn't answer his question.

Extension of knowledge

The sphinx: The sphinx was a monster with the body of a lion , the breast and the head of a woman, the wings of an eagle, and a tail of a serpent. The sphinx was created by the gods to punish the city of Thebes for an ancient crime they had committed. In comparison to Egyptian mythology, the sphinx caused more trouble in Greek mythology. In Egyptian mythology the sphinx is used by humans as guards outside temples and tombs, they are also used as art on a vase or a sculpture.



Seven against Thebes:After the exile of Oedipus his sons Polynicles and Eteocles go to war for the throne of Thebes which lead to a bloody war which was won by Eteocles. Polynicles banished his brother, his brother goes to Argos the he gathers six famous Argive heroes to take down Polynicles. At night Eteocles attacked in the darkness, they were spotted by a spy, the spy reported to polynicles of thhe seven men. Polynicles selected six of his bravest warriors and went to battle Eteocles. The brother fought each other and died side by side

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