Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Bonehead Moments with Emily Dunbar

I just wrote a final paper compareing the use of tragic dramatic irony in Sophocles' Oedipus the King and the use of comic dramatic irony in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. I went to take my final yesterday (one of three that day!) and came to a question that stumped me.

Name Oedipus' s mother and father.

Well, I had just written the paper--that should have been easy. I thought to myself "Laius is the father and the mother is....? Jocasta is his wife, but who is his mother?" I finally left it blank.

Uh, his wife IS his mother.

That's the whole flippin' point of the story: he kills his father and marries his mother.

I don't have a 4.0 for nothing, folks.

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