Oedipus: Where Tragedy Begins

The Greeks: they had it all figured out. They thought deeply and clearly about ideas that tend to get more loosely and carelessly defined today.

Is there fate? Do we control our own fate?
What makes something tragic? What makes something comic?
What is tragedy supposed to do for us when we witness it?

Watch, and read Oedipus Rex by Sophocles. It’s the best preparation in the world for Macbeth

Click here for a YouTube playlist of the 1967 movie, starring Christopher Plummer.
Click here for a fairly accessible modern translation by Ian Johnston.

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