Parent and Child Relationships of Oedipus Rex and Live Alone

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In society, the sense of family is one of the core values in life. One of the most common relationships in a family is that of the parent and child. Throughout history, playwrights have composed pieces containing the impressionable relationship of a parent and a child. Sophocles and Deborah Salem Smith effectively use the strained relationships of Oedipus and Jocasta, and Helen Warren and Clementine to develop their plays Oedipus Rex and Love Alone. While both plays contain parent and child relationships, the type of relationship proves to be radically different. In Oedipus Rex, Jocasta serves as the Queen of Thebes and Oedipus is an abandoned son of Jocasta and current king of Thebes. In the beginning of the play, Oedipus, happily married to Jocasta, has several children with the Queen. Jocasta’s first husband was King Laius, and together they gave birth to Oedipus. Jocasta and Laius heard a devastating prophecy, which stated that their son was going to kill his father and marry his mother. In order to avoid this prophecy, Jocasta and Laius bound Oedipus’s ankles and left him on a mountainside to die. Ironically, Jocasta and Oedipus’ relationship was doomed the second Oedipus was born. In the play Love Alone, Susan, Helen Warren’s partner and Clementine’s biological mother dies due to complications while under surgery. The death of Susan, causes Clementine’s and Helen’s relationship to become closer than ever before, although at first it seems to be a little to close

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