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The story of Oedipus Rex follows a Heros Journey

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Oedipus Rex: Hero?s Journey Many people know the story of Oedipus Rex. Since the day of his birth, Oedipus was doomed to commit a horrific deed. He was prophesized to murder his father and sleep with his mother. Sophocles put this Greek tale into words and created a famous tragedy. The story of Oedipus Rex follows a Hero?s Journey. Although it follows the characteristics of a tragedy more, it contains elements of the Hero?s Journey as well. Although there is no call to adventure, Oedipus leaves his home when he finds out about his prophecy. And thinking that his current parents, the rulers of Corinth are his real parents, he leaves. ...read more.


He kills this man. The second is of beating the sphinx, which he does very easily. The last trial is overcoming the plague and putting his country in a better condition and in order to do this he must figure out who killed King Laious. The woman as a temptress I think would not be a literal person, but actually the idea of power, which may cause him to stray from his mission, which is finding out the truth. Atonement with the father is when he confronts Terisias about who the killer is and he is first introduced to the idea that his real parents are actually the rulers of Thebes and not Corinth. ...read more.


He never becomes master of the two worlds and had no freedom to live. He sulks in his shame until he dies. There is no happy ending for this story, which is why it is a tragedy. This story is full of sorrow and darkness. It strictly follows the structure of a Greek tragedy, but it also follows the Hero?s Journey. This story is obviously not the perfect example of the Hero?s Journey, but we definitely do see some components on it in this story. The tragic hero, Oedipus, goes through certain obstacles to reach his boon, which is the truth. I learned that if you look close enough, you can relate anything to a hero?s journey, even your own life. ...read more.

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