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This edition: Oedipus the King

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The range of discussion topics in this lesson includes the nature of tragedy, the concept of "moira" (fate) vs. "tuche" (chance), the religious conservatism practiced by Sophocles, and some general speculations about human nature. What besides his own destruction does Oedipus gain? What does it mean to be human? How should one live? Does Oedipus suffer justly? Is the play a celebration of the tragic hero?