What is Jocasta's view of prophecy in Oedipus Rex?


What is Jocasta's view of prophecy in Oedipus Rex?

Queen Jocasta:

Originally Laius' wife, she is thrust into the arms of Oedipus after he wins her brother, Creon's challenge to cast out the Sphinx. She does not realize Oedipus is her own son nor that he is the murderer of her first husband and his own father until it is too late and the guilt ends up consuming her.

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For a long time, Jocasta pays the prophecy no mind that her husband Laius would be killed by his own son. She thinks it is false when it is reported...

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Jocasta: Character Analysis & Quotes


Chapter 3 / Lesson 14

As the Theban queen and mother of Oedipus, Jocasta is a complicated character in Greek mythology and literature. Analyze this complex character through the lens of her heavy heart and words.

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