The meaning of Oedipus' history
- The story of Oedipus is a model of the summit of transgenerational alienation. Oedipus inherited of a deep conflict that has become stronger and stronger over the generation. Ancient Greek use the word "Até" to talk about these familial problems.
- The first life of Oedipus, as a king, is an absolute false life, In fact he don't know himself, and he don't even know who are his real parents, nor where he is from.
- The tragedy he faces when he discovers his true origins (revealing the incest and the parricide) is at the same time the cathartic path toward his rebirth as a true self.
- On the one hand you can see that a patriarchate interpretation would simply focus on the incest and parricide, whereas a more symbolic and traditional interpretation leads to the understanding of the rebirth process.
- The rational and modern civilization has dramatized that spiritual movement. In the Oedipus myth, Sophocles show that he who project that patriarchate conditioning will completely miss the point and will be unable to get the full picture of Oedipus' initiation to self knowledge that becomes so clear in Oedipus at Colonus.
- Read my two books to find out more: Oedpius Reborn and Rooted in the Present