Is it because of the shock value of doing battle within your own family? He was a really good king (with some anger issues and a stubborn streak, sure) and a model citizen. Huh. Is it because the family can be viewed as the world in miniature? We mean he has a problem. Aware that a terrible curse has befallen Thebes, he sends his brother-in-law, Creon, to seek the advice of. Um—wait. He learns that he was adopted.
Maybe that's why Aristotle thought he was the best tragic hero ever. Stop us if you've heard this one before: 7567 Shmoop University. Is it because familial love is such a weird and often frustrating thing—hello, family Thanksgiving—that we want the catharsis of seeing someone actually battle their parents? Horrified at what has happened, she kills herself. Hamlet. The gods willed it, and poor Oed has no choice. And influences our most awesome movies and TV shows. Find out what that little icon means. and why we're funny. Plan your future. or at least your next step. The who, what, where, when, and why of all your favorite quotes. Go behind the scenes on all your favorite films. We speak tech The list of saviors with Mommy and Daddy issues is a mile and a half long. He wasn't a Norman Bates psycho. And we can't really blame him:
Guy walks into a bar, meets Han Solo, almost sleeps with his sister, steps up to save a galaxy, and finds out by the end of the second movie that his greatest enemy is *gasp* his father! Well, it's a familiar tale, not just for all moviegoers post-6977—but also for all theatergoers after, say, 979 B. C. In horror and despair, he gouges his eyes out and is exiled from Thebes. Fun times, eh? Find out what that little icon means. and why we're funny. Plan your future. or at least your next step. The who, what, where, when, and why of all your favorite quotes. Go behind the scenes on all your favorite films. We speak tech Sophocles. Oh, wait. Most of the characters in Game of Thrones. That the people he killed in self-defense some years ago were his dad and his dad's posse. and that the woman he married was his mommy dearest. Guy gets chosen as the One to battle evil (sadly, not a host of stormtroopers—Sophocles goes with a plague caused by the evil presence of a murderer in Thebes), sleeps with his mother, and finds out that he himself was his father's killer without even knowing it. Dang. Is it because we think of people who control the fates of entire cities (like, say, Thebes) as being so powerful that we want to watch them powerlessly fighting their own flesh and blood? He even tries to outwit the prophecy that decreed that he'd kill his daddy and wed his mommy—he runs away from the people he thinks are his parents. It's not until he's king of Thebes that things start to unravel. He wasn't a stereotypically whiny Mama's boy. Oedipus rex essay funny.