Fate, Family, and Oedipus Rex: Crash Course Literature 202

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John Horgan
by CrashCourse
published on 22 March 2016
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In which John Green teaches you about one of the least family-friendly family dramas in the history of family dramas, Oedipus Rex. Sophocles' most famous play sees it's main character, who seems like he's got it all together, find out that he's killed his father, married his mother, had a bunch of incest children, and brought a plague down on his adopted hometown. He doesn't take this news well. John touches on all the classic Oedipus themes, including hamartia, fate, and the wrath of the gods, and even gets into some Freud, although Oedipus was notably not a sufferer of an Oedipus complex. In any case get ready for mystery, incest, bird entrails, and self-inflicted blindness. Very dramatic.

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CrashCourse, . (2016, March 22). Fate, Family, and Oedipus Rex: Crash Course Literature 202. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/video/823/fate-family-and-oedipus-rex-crash-course-literatur/

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CrashCourse, . "Fate, Family, and Oedipus Rex: Crash Course Literature 202." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified March 22, 2016. https://www.worldhistory.org/video/823/fate-family-and-oedipus-rex-crash-course-literatur/.

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CrashCourse, . "Fate, Family, and Oedipus Rex: Crash Course Literature 202." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 22 Mar 2016. Web. 27 Jul 2021.