Cocteau makes references to the Oedipus as human. In essence, he represents him to possess human characteristics and traits. He illustrates Oedipus as a virginal youth. On the same note, Cocteau states that, Oedipus arrogance was too overwhelming in the interactions that he engaged in. In his interactions with Sphinx, she enables him escape a deadly situation. However the case, Oedipus does not recognize the fact that assistance had been abetted in his favor. His manifestations of arrogance are hence illustrated along these cones. In this regard, it is according to Cocteau view of what Oedipus was. He goes ahead to make himself a name before Jocasta (Cocteau, 2009). He claimed that, he had reasonably made himself escape the wavy situation that had come his way. However, it was not the case since he had been assisted by Sphinx. Cocteau further illustrates that, the two individuals that, is Jocasta and Oedipus, planned for a wedding. The wedding was fueled by the existence of the fact that, Jocasta was interested in handsome young men such as Cocteau while on the other hand; Cocteau was interested in old women. In this case, he ended up marrying a woman who was way older than him. However, this did not act as a stepping stone to usurp their marriage bed. It is also significant to note that, Oedipus is described and highlighted as a hardheaded teenager who barely listens or adheres to any sanction oriented limits on him.
On the other hand, Oedipus is depicted by Sophocles as a caring person to his community. In his position as a king, he takes the interests of his people at heart. According to Sophocles, Oedipus responds to his people’s murder instances by promising to work smart in as far as pursuing the murderers was concerned. Similarly, he is inquisitive and demands on knowing all the activities that centered the murder of his country’s citizens. In as far as the Oedipus narration by Sophocles are concerned, he states that, Sphinx had held the country hostage. In order to soldier for a let go off the country, he says that, it was Oedipus who was the only person that was able to avail the puzzle that was needed to be unraveled before the country was set on a free zone (Sophocles, 2012).
Oedipus is brought out as a killer and a person with tactics that are oriented along instances of intimidation. Creon is among the people that suffer at the feet of his wrath. Oedipus narrates that he ran away from his home because; the foundation behind his birth was under circumstances that were not clear. Polybus and Merope are brought to light as Oedipus’ parents. Sophocles illustrates that Oedipus was once in exile. At this point, he made for Athens. His arrival in Athens was characterized by instances of body injuries that were not limited to minor injuries but were extensively manifested in the instance that had subjected him to blindness. Sophocles represents Oedipus as person who had children. In this context, most of them were daughters. The daughters were instrumental for the activities that centered on his endeavors. In his submissions, he reinstates that; there was a plot kidnap Oedipus but did not come to pass. In the badly motivated intention, someone else was kidnapped in the mistaken identity of Oedipus. In the long run, Oedipus foresees his death. He prepares for it. It is manifested that, he still feared for his life at the same time.
Cocteau, J. (2009). Oedipus. New York: Routledge.
Sophocles. (2012). Oedipus the King. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.