Oedipus The King
From plot debriefs to key motifs, Thug Notes’ Oedipus The King Summary & Analysis has you covered with themes, symbols, important quotes, and more.
Oedipus The King (c. 429 BC) | Written by: Sophocles | Published by: University of Chicago Press
Oedipus The King
Thug Notes Summary and Analysis
Happy Valentines day, thugz. Today we searchin for some mothafu**in’ truth with Oedipus Da King by Sophocles.
MAN. It is raining sh** on the kingdom of Thebes. A plague been killin homies by the stack and now errybody askin King Oedipus what he gonna do bout it. When word comes from da Oracle of Apollo, Oedipus finds out that da murderer of the old king Laius come to town. And if he wanna save his peoples from the plague, that fool has. got. to. go.
Giving the boot When da blind prophet Tiresias swangs in to Thebes, Opedipus axe dis fool who dis mystery killa be. But since Mr. T pity’s dat fool, he aint wanna tell him the cold truth. Oedpius be like “Man cut the bullsh** and start talkin fool.” So Tiresias oblige a brotha and say that OEDIPUS smoked the ol king. Oedipus all like “WHAT YOU SAY??!!” Tired of gettin called out, dat blind prophet starts runnin his mouth bout how “ Yo Oedipus. Stop frontin. You don’t even know who your parents are. And when you do find da truth, it’s gonna be lights-out playboy. Then Oedipus’s hunny Jocasta tell him not to pay that hater no mind.
First off, Laius killed by a crew of gang bangaers. And second, some prophecies don’t mean sh**. Laius was s’posed to be merced by his own son, so he an Jocasta tossed dat baby. S’all good now, right??? But after Jocasta describes where Laius got shanked, Oeddy be all like “Oh sh**. Now that you mention it, maybe I did kill this fool. My bad.” Back in the day, Oedipus cruised over to Apollo’s Oracle and heard that one day he was gonna merc his own daddy and pork his MAMA. So our boy flips sh** and bounces outta Corinth never to return. On the way to Thebes, he wrecked some haters cuz they got all up in his grill. Turns out, one of those haters was LAIUS! Then Oedipus gets the word from a messenger that Corinth wasn’t actually his original hood. Naw, Baby Ed was found at chillin near a mountain. And according a nappy-ass shepherd, Lauis’s son was dropped off at the same spot! OH sh**! That means that Oedipus been boning every HIS OWN MAMA!!! AND HIS KIDS ARE HIS BRUTHAS AND SISTAS. So they do the only logical thing: Jocasta kills herself and Oedipus stabs his eyes out with gold pins.Then Oedipus throws up the deuce to all of Thebes and spends the rest of his days wandering the earth.
This sh** right here is widely considered to be THE dankest of all Greek plays.
Even Sigmund Freud, the big daddy of psychoanalytic theory, say errybody got such a hard-on for this play cuz we all just like Oedipus-
Sparky reads quote: “his destiny moves us only because it might have been ours – because the oracle laid the same curse upon us before our birth as upon him. It is the fate of all of us, perhaps, to direct our first sexual impulse towards our mother and our first hatred and our first murderous with against our father. Our dreams convince us that this is so.” Freud, Interpretation of Dreams
Lemme lay this on you playboy. Sophocles droppin images of knowledge and ingance on yo bitch ass like you ain’t even know. For example, Oedipus’s name recalls the Greek word “oida” which means “I know” or “I have seen.”
Ever since showin out by solving the riddle of the sphinx, King Eddy been gettin mad props for droppin knowledge on all dem Theben suckas. And now he got a big ol’ head cuz of it. But after gettin bitch- slapped by the truth, our boy recognize that he don’t know a damn thing.
So Sophocles spittin some top rank paradox up in here. When Oedipus had his eyes, he couldn’t recognize the truth. But when dat fool blind as Tiresias, he can finally see what’s up.
That’s a big-ass reversal son. In fact, Aristotle was all up on dis plays’ nuts cuz dat swole reversal, or peripateia in ancient Greek: Cuz da playa who was askin da question ended up being the answer, the doc who was searchin for the cure, ended up bein the sickness.
In a situation that fucked up, it’s hard to believe the gods ain’t got his ass on a leash. Hell, every single prophecy bout daddy-slayin and mama-lovin turned out to be the raw truth.
So if the gods got Oedipus’s game on lock, does he get to do ANY shot- callin?
Some ivory tower G’s think he do. In spite of all the whack-ass mess that Oedipus gotta grind through, he still got the freedom to chase da truth.
Every single step of the way there be haters tellin him to slow his roll.
But Oedipus ain’t no bitch. He goes hard in the paint and finds the truth even if it means losin his throne, his eyes, and ever getting a boner again.
So was it worth it? Maybe. But no mater what you gotta give it up for our boy Oedipus. Cuz chasin the truth may be the only REAL human freedom we got.
Thanks for watchin. Make yo V-Day extra hot with some Thug Notes swag. Be sure to subscribe and word to yo mama. Peace.