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Title and Author: Oedipus Rex by: Sophocles Date of Publication: 430 B.C. Genre: Tragedy Writing Style: Poetic Dialogue Setting: Ancient Greece Plot: A prophecy that the king of Thebes’s son would kill his father and sleep with his mother. Because of the prophecy the king and queen give their new infant to a Shepard with orders to leave the babe on a mountain with his ankles pinned together. The Shepard takes pity upon the babe and gives him to a Corinthian Shepard. The Corinthian Shepard presents the babe to the king and queen of Corinth who take him as their own. They name the babe Oedipus. Oedipus grows up and learns of his fate by a prophet. Horrified he runs away from Corinth thinking that his adopted mother and father will meet his fate. Oedipus runs away to Thebes, on his way there Oedipus gets in a fight and kills some guys. The entrance of Thebes is guarded by a huge sphinx who asks Oedipus a riddle. Upon the correct answer Oedipus casts down the sphinx and is named king of Thebes.
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