Oedipus

 

Folktale (AT 931)

Greek legend

ø

Crime of, and curse on, Laius

Prophecy;

exposure

Ö

Also mutilation

Rescue;

foster-parents

 

Precocity

ø but cf.

Sphinx

Conflict with other children; departure from foster-home

Ö

ø

Second prophecy

Parricide

Ö

Act of valor (not often)

Kills Sphinx …

ø

by solving riddle

Marries mother

Ö

Discovery

Ö

Further crimes

ø but cf. curse on sons

Penance and exaltation

Ö but not in Aeschylus or Soph. Antigone