Monday, September 21, 2015
So here I am being a good little student reading my 500 lines in Oedipus and I literally only got through 15 lines before I had to stop and blog. Tiresias is trying to tell Oedipus that he's the murderer but of course Oedipus won't listen, so the blind prophet is just like okay I'm going to riddle some bit more. Tiresias says "Revealed at last, brother and father both to the children he embraces"(520). Let's just stop there; if you really think about it, Oedipus is half-brothers with all of his own children. How gross is that? What I cant believe is that Jocasta doesn't realize he is her son! I get that she left him to die in the mountains and everything but there should be some maternal sense that kicks in, shouldn't there be? Anyway, Tiresias continues, "To his mother son and husband both -- he sowed the loins his father sowed" (521). That is just repulsive to me. Can you imagine not just marrying your dad's ex-wife, but it be your mom too? What was Sophocles thinking????? I think I'm so weirded out by all of this because I'm putting all of this in modern times. The reason is because my mom told me a story not so long ago about how her friend knows of this woman. So this woman's husband got with the son's girl friend (sorry if this is hard to follow)! So then, the girl friend left the son and the husband left the wife, now they're married!!!! So I guess Sophocles wasn't really sick, maybe the myth of Oedipus wasn't really a myth at all just a really messed up twist on a already weird situation.