Laius


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(Greek mythology) king of Thebes who was unwittingly killed by his son Oedipus

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In resisting the initial oracle Laius and Jocasta responded collectively as husband and wife, as father and mother to their child.
After all, it was "obvious" that Oedipus unwittingly murdered his father, King Laius of Thebes, at a crossroads.
A curse is laid on dissoluteTheban King Laius (Aitor Basauri) foretelling he will be killed by his own son who will then marry his mother Jocasta (Petra Massey).
2) Such cynical/comedic inversions appear elsewhere in Allen films: Lester in Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) characterizes the tragic recognition of Oedipus that he is the murderer of Laius he has pursued as "the structure of funny.
Die verhouding vader-seun gaan terug na die primordiale verhouding tussen Laius en Oedipus, waaroor Freud uitgebreid geteoretiseer het.
Action is related rather than demonstrated, with only the most violent passages replayed during their narration - the two conflicting testimonials of the death of King Laius mimed on top of the table, Queen Jocasta's suicide and Oedipus's self-mutilation.
Then Polemarchus, Cephalus' son, interrupts him, just as Oedipus intrudes upon his father Laius.
Jokasta and Laius are represented as a modern couple (in the 20's or thereabouts).
There are insistent rumors that the woman you sleep with every night, Her Highness Queen Jocasta, is your mother, and His Highness King Laius, whom you killed twenty years ago at a crossroads, was Your Majesty's father.
The riddle posed by the Sphinx, a creature who in its sexual ambiguity can be seen as representing both his parents, is about the nature of man, and the answer to Oedipus' questions about the cause of the plague and the identity of the murderer of King Laius is no other than the questioner (see also Shengold 1989).
Laius = lame, Labdakos = left-handed, and so forth.
Having possession of the brand gives Althaea a false sense of control, not unlike the deluded measures Jocasta and Laius take to prevent Oedipus' prophesied fate from being realized.
The patricidal relations of Oedipus and Laius are thus contrasted with the therapeutic relations of Perceval and the fisher king.