Sophocles: Ajax, Philoctetes, The Trachiniae

This last week I’ve finally finished reading the last three plays of Sophocles out of the seven which survive today in complete form: Ajax, Philoctetes, and The Trachiniae. These plays are disconnected in terms of setting and characterization, unlike the Oedipus cycle plays we reviewed earlier. Two of them are plays which explicitly focus on a titular character. Ajax deals with the … Continue reading “Sophocles: Ajax, Philoctetes, The Trachiniae”

Sophocles: Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone

We continue off from the review of the first, and most famous play of the Oedipus trilogy, Oedipus the King. The final two plays in the trilogy are not nearly as famous nor well-known, but they each explore different issues that are insightful in their own right. Oedipus at Colonus This play is an interesting “suppliant … Continue reading “Sophocles: Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone”

Sophocles: Oedipus the King

Oedipus is famous in Western culture as a character who infamously killed his father and married his mother by mistake. He was the inspiration for Freud’s also notorious Oedipus complex, which is popularly understood as any kind of excessive or natural attachment that a son might have towards his mother. (I haven’t actually read any … Continue reading “Sophocles: Oedipus the King”

The Electras of Sophocles and Euripedes

Having finished reading all of the Aeschylus plays in GBWW Volume 4, I decided to proceed with the two Electra plays by Sophocles and Euripedes. If you don’t remember, Electra is the sister of Orestes, whose father Agamemnon was killed by his wife Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus in Aeschylus’ play Agamemnon in revenge for having sacrificed their daughter Iphigenia. … Continue reading “The Electras of Sophocles and Euripedes”