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Oedipus Rex by Sophcoles: Summary


The messenger in this plays the role of a communication medium. He is responsible for the conveyance of messages from the king’s palace to the outside world. In addition, the messenger plays a major in the continuity of the play. It is the messenger that is given the go-ahead to kill Oedipus by Jocasta. However, he did not kill the child but gave it away to another shepherd. From this, the messenger saves the life of the main character of the play. The messenger is the only character with the knowledge of the true identity of Oedipus. He is exposed to a lot of information than anyone else in the play. He acted as a servant for both Louis and Oedipus.

The first irony in the novel is the fact that Laius tried to kill his own son. In a normal family setting a father should have unconditional love for his son (Walker, pp.67). The fact that Louis gave Jocasta the go-ahead to kill the child is also irony. Jocasta being the mother of the child would not even think about killing the child herself. The motherly love Jocasta had towards Oedipus could not let her kill the child. It is also ironical that Oedipus slept with his own mother. This is a complete contrast to a normal setting of a society (Walker, pp.89).
The marriage between Oedipus and Jocasta is one of the major ironies in the play. In my opinion, none of the parties knew they had a parent-child relationship. Jocasta always viewed Oedipus as her husband in trying to convince him that he did nothing wrong. After Jocasta knew she was married to her son, she committed suicide. This is evident that for all those years she had been married to Oedipus she had no clue it was her son.

Works cited
Walker, Rodney. The father’s son encounter. Washington: Bishop/Prophet Rodney Walker, 2007.Print.

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