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Oedipus Rex (the King) is the first of a trilogy of plays about Oedipus and his children. The other two plays are Oedipus at Colonus, which continues the sufferings of Oedipus, and Antigone, which is about the daughter of Oedipus, who violates a decree of the king in order to fulfill her religious obligations. The central rhetorical issue in Oedipus Rex is whether Oedipus and Jocasta are innocent victims of a terrible fate, or whether both son and mother are fully aware of their actions. If the former position is true, then there is no moral or religious lesson that we can learn. If the latter position is correct, then Oedipus is perhaps deserving of any punishment and misery that comes his way.
In this guide Mr. Watson makes assertions as fact that may be considered highly controversial. We have included the most notable examples below.
Inciting envy is the standard tool used by socialists who wish to gain power. Socialist politicians with help of the mass media always portray conflicts as two opposing factions, where one faction is better off than the other. In the American empire this tactic as caused [sic] division between males and females, between the rich and the poor, and between blacks and whites. . . . In short, envy will cause you to eventually want to kill someone else for no good reason. page 5-6
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