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ERIC Number: ED033974
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1965-Oct
Pages: 10
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The Oedipus Films: A Review
Clarke, Howard
The English Journal, v54 n7 p592-600, 612 Oct 1965
A critical review of Bernard Knox's literary analysis of Sophocles'"Oedipus the King" in a four-lesson film series is offered largely as a "warning" to high school teachers. Central to the criticism is the author's belief that Professor Knox has imposed a reductive and marginal interpretation on the play which tends to obscure rather than enlarge the student's understanding. His interpretation of a selected portion of a choral ode is harshly criticized for inadequately providing the basis for his simplistic appraisal of the meaning behind the play. Further commentary is directed to Sophocles' Athens, Oedipus' heroic search, prophets and prophencies, Oedipus and Apollo's prophecy, Oedipus as a man of destiny, and divergent interpretations. (RL)
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Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Champaign, IL.