Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex
According to Bowra, the Greeks loved and admired intelligence whether practical or theoretical, and no doubt felt that they surpassed other people in their possession of it, but they had qualms about its uninhibited exercise and felt that it must be balanced by other qualities of character and self-control. If a man relied solely or chiefly on it, he was thought likely to frustrate even his own ends by being too clever and even fail to understand much that was obvious to the ordinary man (1975:43). Read More Drama This is the case with King Oedipus in Sophocles’ play Odipus Rex, written in 5th century B.C. In this play, Oedipus relied heavily on his wisdom and intelligence. He equated his wisdom with that of the gods and thought that he could solve any riddle of life by means of his wisdom. The second great Greek tragedian was Sophocles. The meticulous construction of his plots and the manner in which his themes and characters aroused both pity and fear led Aristotle as well as other Greek critics to consider him the greatest writer of tragedy. These qualities are especially conspicuous in Oedipus Rex.