Oedipus Rex

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Oedipus Rex is a Greek tragedy written by Sophocles and first staged in the year 429, B.C.E. In the tale, an oracle tells the parents of Oedipus that their son would grow up to murder his father and marry his mother. In a vain attempt to thwart fate, the family took action to avoid what proved to be an inevitable outcome. The term “Oedipus complex” is used in Freudian psychology to refer to male children being attracted to their mothers.

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