Where Three Roads Meet: At the Intersection of Law and Lawlessness. My title may be a My house sits directly in front of the spot on S where it shifts from being a two-way to a one-way street . It refers to Sophocles' play, Oedipus the. King. Where Oedipus killed his father Laius, the roads from Thebes, Delphi pity that the crossroad referred to by Sophocles in Oedipus King is so neglected, Delphi and Daulis the roads in the myth, meeting at the crossroads. That crossroads is perhaps the place which, in all the world, best represents three. Sophocles' work Oedipus the King focuses on the consequences and of a crossroad parallels "to the place where three roads join" Oedipus comes upon. It is a curious thing that the crossroad is where three roads meet.
Interestingly, the crossroad signifies the crucial moment where Laius and Oedipus unknowingly reunite. Crossroads typically symbolizes points at which crucial decisions can affect the layout of one's life. Essentially, we come upon a road that diverges into paths.
These so called paths are not representations of roads but figuratively are various decisions with distinct outcomes. The decision to pick which path is entirely up to the individual. Knowing which path is the right decision to take will remain a mystery until one embarks on one of the paths. These connotations of a crossroad parallels "to the place where three roads join" Oedipus comes upon.
It figuratively translates the point in which Oedipus can embrace his destiny or veer away from the prophecy.
Readers can conclude Oedipus may have the free will to take charge of his life in spite of the supposed prophecy. The prophecy may say Oedipus's life is full of doom, but the crossroads oppose the notion by signifying alternative options. It is a curious thing that the crossroad is where three roads meet.
- ESSAY ON OEDIPUS'S SYMBOL OF THE CROSSROAD
Why is it there are three roads? The crossroads may have been even five roads. However, the number three might be significant in Oedipus's life.
What does Oedipus do at a place where three roads meet in 'Oedipus Rex'
I perceive the number three as possibly being the representation of Oedipus himself. Aside from his identity as king, Oedipus has three identities in the familial aspect. Altogether, he is a son, father, and husband but not in the normal standards of a family structure. His wife is also his mother while his children are his siblings. Oedipus emphasizes this point as he recognizes his true identity as " father, brother, and son" Sophocles The usage of the number three can also refer to Jocasta's status for she is also " bride, wife, mother" Sophocles These three identifications haunt Jocasta and Oedipus for it reminds them of the incestuous interrelations within their family.
The three roads may be foretelling what Oedipus is to become. Each road identifies a part of him. The three associations tie back to the predictions of the oracle. Additionally, the three roads may allude to the three possible paths Oedipus could embark. First, Oedipus can turn around and find his way back home. He could ignore the prophecy.
The crossroads of Oedipus and the present Greek dilemma
He goes back to his adopted parents and remains Prince of Corinth. Secondly, he holds his temper although Laius and his entourage antagonize him. This results in no murders and fights.
Oedipus continues his journey while Laius returns to his kingdom. Then it comes down to the final option which Oedipus kills Laius and most of his entourage. These three paths emphasize the various ways Oedipus's life may turn out.
Then again, these three roads may also allude to Oedipus's life but in terms of time. Each of the roads may represent the past, present, and future. The crossroad is ultimately where the past, present, and future collide with each other. The past finally catches up with the present as Laius and Oedipus meet again. Once Oedipus loses his temper, he embarks on the road to his future.
Furthermore, the number three can come down to the circumstances of Oedipus's birth. This may be the reason why three is such a symbolic number. The unraveling of the prophecy begins to unfold after the exile of Oedipus.
Hypothetically, we can assume three is an extremely significant number. After Oedipus's abandonment, the number three arises in several points of the play. Look back to the previously mentioned hypothetical connotations. Crisis hitting hard However the indications I have for finding the site of the crime are vague: So I stop my car at a large bar at the roadside, buy a bottle of water and ask the youth who serves me for information.
He doesn't mind spending a bit of time with me, as the place is empty, and he complains that the crisis is hitting tourism hard this year.OEDIPUS THE KING by Sophocles - Part 2 of 2
The Greeks, especially, have stayed at home, he says. As an example he tells me of his own situation: But when they came to get the boat ticket, they discovered that just three to four hours on the ferry with their car would cost over euro. So they gave up the idea. But then, more seriously, he admits the Greeks too have a share in the responsibility.
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However, while I talk to him about Laius and Oedipus, I have the distinct feeling that he has never heard of them, if not in vague terms.
Yes, there is, he says, towards Delphi, a place of that name, but he only knows it for the taverns he goes to there with his friends.
The crossroads The monument Photo F. Polacco I leave him to the solitude of his bar and decide to try one of those taverns. It's nearly dinner time but they are dishearteningly empty. An elderly lady approaches me: Overhearing our conversation a middle-aged cook, who's preparing the meat for the evening grill, comes out smiling while he sharpens two large knives, one against the other. Finally someone who knows. It's further down, on the right.
Now I remember this name! They are from Thebes, Delphi and Daulis the roads in the myth, meeting at the crossroads. Thus after a few minutes I turn into a narrow, asphalted road, deserted and surrounded by rugged hills supporting goats.
I recognise the crossroads as if I had already been there and observe the monument built of many stones, which records the event. It's modest, but behind it rises the enormous mass of the Parnassus, the mountain sacred to Apollo and whose cliffs house the Oracle. I stop to reread Sophocles' lines, take a few photos and savour the landscape before the sun sets.
No-one is there, no sign of human presence or visitors.