Even though Oedipus the King didnt detail all of Oedipus adventures, I thought it was a good book. I think it was smart of Sophocles to pick out the most significant, life altering phase in Oedipus life to bring to the stage. I also really respect how Sophocles took the myth of Oedipus and put all of the details of the story into it. I think its somewhat amazing how he took something that supposedly happened and gave the people exact dialogue and specific feelings. I realize that Oedipus the King is only a myth and that all Sophocles needed was a creative mind, but I still respect him. Being as Oedipus the Kings storyline was already laid out, I cant blame Sophocles for some of the events I didnt agree with or ridiculed. First of all, I know I shouldnt laugh at this myth because the ancient Greeks actually believed it, but I did. The Sphinx was a monster with the head and breasts of a woman, the body of a lion, and the wings of a bird. I just think its absurd that someone would actually make up a story with something like the Sphinx in it. It sounds like something out of a science fiction story, and I just dont like science fiction. Next, why did Oedipus gouge his eyes out? I understand why Oedipus would do something so drastic in the instant he learned the foul deeds he committed, but I thought he wouldve killed himself as Jocasta did. That is, until I realized in a way he wanted to suffer because he believed he deserved it. Honestly, I feel bad for the guy. Finally, there was one part of Oedipus the King that I didnt like and can blame on Sophocles. That was the part where the chorus seems to go on and on about the gods and how Apollo and Zeus should save them. They chanted on about how they would never go to Delphi or another temple if Oedipus story wouldnt come true. I did not like reading that part at all and consider it a waste of Sophocles…
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