Is Oedipus Rex a true story?
Answer and Explanation: No, Oedipus was not a real person in the play. He was a mythological King of Thebes from the cursed House of Cadmus. According to Apollo’s oracle, he was doomed to kill his father and marry his mother.
What are the 5 themes of Oedipus Rex?
- Fate vs. Free Will. Fate versus free will is the central theme of the play.
- Sight vs. Blindness.
- Persistence in Finding the Truth. Oedipus displays a constant persistence in his pursuit of the truth, even when it lies directly in front of him.
- Action vs. Punishment.
What is the main message of Oedipus Rex?
Guilt and Shame
The play begins with a declaration from the oracle at Delphi: Thebes is suffering because the person guilty of the murder of King Laius has not been brought to justice. Oedipus sets himself the task of discovering the guilty party—so guilt, in the legal sense, is central to Oedipus Rex.