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Freud named a psychological disorder after mythical King Oedipus. Freud described an Oedipus complex as appearing in children between the age of three and five who are thought to want to sexually possess the parent of their opposite gender, and exclude the parent who shares their gender.
  Greek mythology:  a tragic king of Thebes who unknowingly killed his father and married his mother; the subject of the drama Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
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  • Freud named a psychological disorder after mythical King Oedipus. Freud described an Oedipus complex as appearing in children between the age of three and five who are thought to want to sexually possess the parent of their opposite gender, and exclude the parent who shares their gender.
  • It would have required the penetration of Oedipus or the Sphinx to have divined the irony the count concealed beneath these words, apparently uttered with the greatest politeness.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Called Jokasta in Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • [3] [1] Eteocles and Polynices, sons of Oedipus and Jocaste, who, contending at the siege of Thebes, slew each other.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno

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  • Then there’re Theseus, Oedipus, Peleus, Orpheus, Jason and Hercules all waiting to be untangled, since their various deeds are running crisscross through my mind like mul— ticolored threads in a dress.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • DRAMATIS PERSONAE ANTIGONE and ISMENE—daughters of Oedipus and sisters of Polyneices and Eteocles.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • Sophocles’ plays of Oedipus and his doomed clan show up over and over again in all sorts of variations.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • The most famous one is the tragedy of King Oedipus.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Cust is saddled apparently by the whim of his mother-(Oedipus complex there, I shouldn’t wonder!)-with two extremely bombastic Christian names: Alexander and Bonaparte.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • Mr. Tulliver had a destiny as well as Oedipus, and in this case he might plead, like Oedipus, that his deed was inflicted on him rather than committed by him.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss

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  • This is the way from Oedipus to Hamlet.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • If Polybus hadn’t taken in the young Oedipus, Sophocles wouldn’t have written his most beautiful tragedy!
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Carol was ready to say, "How about Bernard Shaw?" when he treacherously went on, "How would it be then to give a Greek drama—say ’Oedipus Tyrannus’?"
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • The pupils of his eyes, fixed steadfastly on blankness, were vaguely lit with an icy shine; his mouth had passed into the phase more or less imaginatively rendered in studies of Oedipus.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • …fatty, beaky, noble Bourbon face was thoughtful, and he’d give you the lowdown on the mechanical age, and on strength and frailty, and piece it out with little digressions on the history of cripples—the dumbness of the Spartans, the fact that Oedipus was lame, that gods were often maimed, that Moses had faltering speech and Dmitri the Sorcerer a withered arm, Caesar and Mahomet epilepsy, Lord Nelson a pinned sleeve—but especially on the machine age and the kind of advantage that had…
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Many and many an Oedipus[523] arrives: he has the whole mystery teeming in his brain.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • You never heard of Oedipus?
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • Oedipus?
    Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl  --  Beautiful Creatures
  • Some years later, Susan would tell him the story of Oedipus, and he would absorb it in quiet thoughtfulness, thinking of the odd and bloody triangle formed by his father, his mother, and by Marten-known in some quarters as the good man.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • That strikes me as an unfair attempt to invoke the spirit of Sigmund Freud: Oedipus and Electra in one being, out to destroy all its parents, the authors of every one of its tensions, anxieties, hang-ups, burned into its impressionable psyche at a young and defenseless age.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • Oedipus denounces the crime of which he is unaware, and undertakes to track out the criminal.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • …slept in the clasp of Zeus and merged in love
    and brought forth Heracles, rugged will and lion heart.
    And I saw Megara too, magnanimous Creon’s daughter
    wed to the stalwart Heracles, the hero never daunted.
    And I saw the mother of Oedipus, beautiful Epicaste.
    What a monstrous thing she did, in all innocence—
    she married her own son ….
    who’d killed his father, then he married her!
    But the gods soon made it known to all mankind.
    So he in growing pain ruled on in beloved…
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • I referred earlier to the ill-fated King Oedipus.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Mr. Tulliver had a destiny as well as Oedipus, and in this case he might plead, like Oedipus, that his deed was inflicted on him rather than committed by him.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Ismene, sister of my blood and heart, See’st thou how Zeus would in our lives fulfill The weird of Oedipus, a world of woes!
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • The closing scene reveals Jocasta slain by her own hand and Oedipus blinded by his own act and praying for death or exile.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, the late king of Thebes, in defiance of Creon who rules in his stead, resolves to bury her brother Polyneices, slain in his attack on Thebes.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • DRAMATIS PERSONAE Oedipus.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • The innocent delight of Oedipus in his first possession of the queen turns to an agony of spirit when he learns who the woman is.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Before the Palace of Oedipus.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • OEDIPUS THE KING Suppliants of all ages are seated round the altar at the palace doors, at their head a PRIEST OF ZEUS.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • OEDIPUS My children, latest born to Cadmus old, Why sit ye here as suppliants, in your hands Branches of olive filleted with wool?
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • Children, it were not meet that I should learn From others, and am hither come, myself, I Oedipus, your world-renowned king.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • OEDIPUS Ah! my poor children, known, ah, known too well, The quest that brings you hither and your need.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • OEDIPUS O King Apollo! may his joyous looks Be presage of the joyous news he brings!
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • OEDIPUS We soon shall know; he’s now in earshot range.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • OEDIPUS How runs the oracle? thus far thy words Give me no ground for confidence or fear.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • OEDIPUS Speak before all; the burden that I bear Is more for these my subjects than myself.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • OEDIPUS What expiation means he?
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • OEDIPUS Whom can he mean, the miscreant thus denounced?
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • OEDIPUS I heard as much, but never saw the man.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • OEDIPUS Was he within his palace, or afield, Or traveling, when Laius met his fate?
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • OEDIPUS Came there no news, no fellow-traveler To give some clue that might be followed up?
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • OEDIPUS And what was that?
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • OEDIPUS Did any bandit dare so bold a stroke, Unless indeed he were suborned from Thebes?
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • OEDIPUS What trouble can have hindered a full quest, When royalty had fallen thus miserably?
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • OEDIPUS Well, I will start afresh and once again Make dark things clear.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • [Exeunt OEDIPUS and CREON] PRIEST Come, children, let us hence; these gracious words Forestall the very purpose of our suit.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • OEDIPUS Well argued; but no living man can hope To force the gods to speak against their will.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • OEDIPUS Aye, if there be a third best, tell it too.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
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