Jocasta


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Jocasta

(jōkăs`tə): see OedipusOedipus
, in Greek legend, son of Laius, king of Thebes, and his wife, Jocasta. Laius had been warned by an oracle that he was fated to be killed by his own son; he therefore abandoned Oedipus on a mountainside.
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Jocasta

unknowingly marries her son, Oedipus. [Gk. Lit.: Oedipus Rex]
See: Incest

Jocasta

commits suicide when she realizes she has married son, Oedipus. [Gk. Lit.: Oedipus Rex]
See: Remorse
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Jocasta urges Oedipus not to look into the past any further, but he ignores her.
Infanticide, Jocasta assumes, then and now, is a lesser offense than parricide and regicide.
cena final da cegueira em que Edipo pretende passar pelo corpo de Jocasta ja cadaver sem o pisar, resvalando o macabro humor negro--e.
At the same time, and for all the emphasis placed upon the heroes' common background and the city's particular status, Phoenician Women looks into the individual motives or reasons leading to the clash, as these are laid out by the direct, male conflicting parties, but also by Jocasta (443-637).
But in answer to Oedipus's question about how many attendants went "with" Laius on his "journey," Jocasta says that "In all there were but five, and among them / a herald; and one carriage for the king" (730, 753-54).
Ancient dramatists knew how to touch lightly on our deepest terrors by narrating or singing of, but never directly acting out, the incest of Oedipus and Jocasta, the fratricide of their two sons, the cruel death of their daughter Antigone, buried alive by her uncle.
Following the scene in which Oedipus and Jocasta discuss Creon's supposed treachery, Elkin inserts a second additional scene that signifies Jocasta's doom.
Walker leers like Groucho and grouches like Lear, nuzzling at the breast of Mama Jocasta (the incomparable Beth Kennedy in Tummy Wynette wig, rubber mammaries at the ready).
In age, the actress playing Antigone seemed more appropriate for Jocasta, yet she made clear in every moment adages of age and wisdom, delivering her insightful lines with the virtuosity of a seasoned professional.
In the third film, Night Journey, a retelling of Oedipus Rex from the point of view of Jocasta, Graham's age works to her advantage: She is the mother of Oedipus, played by Ross.
Mother has a patient cultured voice, Claire is a self-centered liar, Lucy a whiny dim bulb, Jocasta a nasty piece of work who is finally expelled.