10-31 The Complex Oedipus

10-31 The Complex Oedipus - The Complex Oedipus Lecture...

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The Complex Oedipus Lecture Outline Classics 170 Professor Gregory A. Staley KEY CHARACTERS, CONCEPTS Sphinx and her riddle Sophocles Laius Jocasta Polybus Merope Oedipus and the meanings of his name Tiresias Creon Oedipus Tyrannos ( Oedipus Rex ) hamartia ("error," mistranslated in the Renaissance as "tragic flaw") hybris ("arrogance") anagnorisis ("recognition") Tragic Hero ASSIGNMENT: CM, chapter 16 ("The Tragic House of Laius: Sophocles' Oedipus Cycle"), pp. 646-659 (up to the section on Antigone); the text of Sophocles' play Oedipus Rex , found in CM on pp. 666-714. I. THE COMPLEX OEDIPUS
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A. The difficulties of interpretation B. Misunderstandings 1. The titles Oedipus Rex and Oedipus Tyrannos 2. Tragic flaw ( hamartia ): crime and punishment 3. Fate C. The life of a hero 1. Exposed as a child on Mt. Cithaeron
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3. The moment of choice: the place where three roads meet
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