The Theatre of Apollo: Divine Justice and Sophocles' Oedipus the King

The Theatre of Apollo: Divine Justice and Sophocles' Oedipus the King

Drew Griffith


by way of imaginatively recreating the play's unique staging and debunking the interpretations of varied critics, together with Aristotle, Ulrich von Wilamowitz-Moellendorff, E.R. Dodds, Frederick Ahl, and John Peradotto, Griffith exhibits that Apollo is a continuing, robust presence through the play. He contends that even if we will be able to sympathize with Oedipus due to his sufferings, he's nonetheless morally accountable for murdering his father and sound asleep along with his mom. Apollo is accordingly no longer detached and his activities aren't unjust. Griffith makes a speciality of Apollo's commandment "know thyself," a commandment Oedipus belatedly and tragically fulfils, to emphasize either the necessity for self-understanding within the learn of historical literature and the usefulness of historic literature achieve self-understanding.

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