By Van Rose
“I came to a place where three roads meet and was confronted by a man in a carriage, attended by troops. … He struck me, full on the head, with his three-pronged stick, the kind used to prod horses. I whacked him savagely with my staff and knocked him out of his carriage. He fell flat on the road. The others attacked me, of course, and I killed them every one.”
– “Oedipus Rex,” Sophocles
Thus, Oedipus explained why he killed his father. When I taught that play, I asked my students what prompted Oedipus to kill.
Rose is a retired community college teacher who lives in Big Stone Gap.