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The Tragedies of Sophocles$
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James Morwood

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781904675716

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781904675716.001.0001

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Oedipus the King

Oedipus the King

The city and the house

(p.47) Chapter 5 Oedipus the King
The Tragedies of Sophocles

James Morwood

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores the shifts of focus found in Sophocles' tragedy Oedipus the King. The play starts as a quest to find the root behind the pollution of Thebes, but later shifts to the household of Oedipus himself. The chapter notes that despite the shifts of focus, the religious emphasis of the play remains the same; serving as a guide to demonstrate the mirror image that the pollution of the city reflects upon the pollution of the household.

Keywords:   tragedy, Oedipus the King, Oedipus, Thebes, Sophocles

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