Oedipus the King Character Map

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Jocasta

  • The wife of Laius, after Laius dies she marries her son Oedipus and has 2 daughters and 2 sons with him
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Laius

Grandson of Cadmus. He was married to Jocasta. Him and his wife left their son to be killed because he thought he was going to kill him. Laius was killed at a crossroads outside Thebes on a religious pilgrimage
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Oedipus

The son of Jocasta and Laius. He is the only man able to solve the Sphinx's riddle which makes the Sphinx kill herself, he was then proclaimed the savior of Thebes and rewarded with the marriage of Jocasta (his mother) They have 2 sons and 2 daughters together.
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King Polybus and Queen Merope

  • They are the King and Queen of Corinth. They were childless and took in the son of Jocasta and Laius and named him Oedipus
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Sphinx

The Sphinx is a winged monster with the head of a woman and the body of a lion. She kills all who fails to answer her riddle correctly. After Oedipus solved it, she killed herself.
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Antigone & Ismene

The two daughters of Oedipus and Jocasta
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Eteocles and Polynices

The two sons of Oedipus and Jocasta
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Creon

He is Oedipus's brother in law, whom Oedipus sent to the oracle of Apollo to ask how to lift this blight.
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Oracle of Apollo

Laius receives a prediction from the Oracle of Apollo that his son will kill him
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Corinth

In Greece, the King and Queen of Corinth are Polybus and Merope.
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Sophocles

Sophocles was Born in Colonus, Greece, Athens. He was Born into wealth and his dad provided him with the best tutoring in music and art. He has 123 plays written and only 7 of them are translated. He died at 92 years old.
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