October 06, 2006

Georgiana's Quote Commentary on Oedipus

Text: Oedipus The King
Page: # 59
Quote: “And yet he did reveal other things, he did show me
A future dark with torment, evil, horror,
He made me see-
See myself, doomed to sleep with my own mother, doomed
To bring children into this world where the sun pours down,
Children no one could bear to see, doomed
To murder the man who gave me life, whose blood is my blood.?


The choice of words in this passage becomes very interesting especially if in the same context as “revelation,? which usually has a positive meaning. The repetition of “doomed? and D’s (down, blood) adds to the drama of the text, as do the words, “torment,? evil,? and “horror.? Oedipus also uses the terms “me/my? which in this case, deals not with his reputation as King, mighty leader who saves his people, but a “me? that is unraveled, impeached by his own fate. His picture, in this passage, his reputation is almost tarnished because of his situation. “Where the sun pours down,? is a phrase as negative as they get, alluring to darkness and unforgiving places of doom.

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Kristine's Quote Commentary on Oedipus

Kristine Park
CompLit 240 Section 003

Oedipus the King
Lines 1492-1496

“LIGHT LIGHT LIGHT
never again flood these eyes with your white radiance, oh gods, my eyes. All, all
the oracles have proven true. I, Oedipus, I
am the child
of parents who should never have been mine- doomed, doomed!?
-Oedipus, looking up at the sun

The word “light? is in all capital letters at the beginning of Oedipus’ cry. It is also repeated three times, showing great emphasis on the already stressed word. “Light? is mentioned at least three times throughout the play. (Lines 177, 880, 987) In most cases, someone is asking for the light to reveal it all; they want to know. It is ironic that Teiresias, the blind prophet, is in physical darkness yet he is the only one in mental “brightness.?
Even before this point of the play, Oedipus says “light? three times, but the letters are not capital letters (Line 987). This doesn’t catch the reader as intensely as the line above, yet it is interesting to notice that when the situation is finally clear to Oedipus, he repeats the word. In any other case, for example when he’s asking for the light for clarity and truth, he does not beg for it by constantly repeating the word. When he encounters the truth of it all, he speaks to the light, cursing and screaming at it. This instantly reminded me of Dr. Sheppard when he asks his sister if she is sure it is the truth she wants. Is it?

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Katie's Oedipus Close Reading

Katie Sutter
Section 003

"You, it's you. What plagues the city is you. The plague is you."
-Teiresias pg. 39

I liked this quote because it was the first to give readers the idea that there was a twist in the story. It was the point when we realize that there is more to Oedipus's life than meets the eye. I thought that it was interesting how the word "you" is used four times in the quote. I think that it was used multiple times to solidify the fact to Oedipus that it is possible that he really was the murderer. The fact that he keeps hearing himself being accused is, in my opinion what gets into his head and makes him think twice about his kingship and the way in which he came to be what he is. Also "plague," which means to torment or an epidemic, is used twice. The repetitiveness is very important to the quote because it forces both the readers and Oedipus to really think about the words and the possibility that they are the truth. Oedipus becomes very defensive during this accusation which shows even further that he has some doubts about who he really is, even if it is just a subconscious feeling.

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October 05, 2006

Kathleen's Oedipus Quote Commentary

Kathleen Wright
CompLit 240 Section 003

“It’s clear you hate to yield, clear you yield only under pressure, only when you’ve worn out the fierceness of your anger.?
Pg. 54 Lines 890-892

Oedipus The King

At the end of the argument between Kreon and Oedipus, Kreon makes an audacious statement in the heat of the moment which couldn’t burn closer to the truth. Yielding in this sense is surrendering to the argument, persuasion, or influence of another. It is also a yielding of power, giving in to something greater, sacrificing oneself. Pertaining to this argument, Oedipus won’t admit that Kreon is right, and wants to blame him for the murder of Laios. This is dramatic irony because indeed Oedipus murdered Laios on the road just because Laios’ chariot failed to yield to Oedipus’ passing. Oedipus is stubborn, and will only yield (submit) when the pressure becomes too great for him, a man, to handle. It is a submission that Kreon says only comes about after a great fight. Oedipus has a short temper, seen in this scene, which depicts ferocity, and often brings about rash thoughtless action. Clarity is thus another key part of the statement because Kreon, as well as all the characters and readers, can see without obstruction the truth and want Oedipus to be not be obscured any longer, and to calmly let go of the past to move into a new light, the light of truth.

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