Oedipus' name means "swollen foot." Does the meaning tell us anything about his character? Does Sophocles "play" on Oedipus' nam ith the references to swollen, being surefoted,measurng,estimating,etc?
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Oedipus' name relates directly to his abandonment. When he was cast off and left in the mountains, his ankles were pinned together. This action let him with lifelong scars. The name "swollen foot" symbolizes Oedipus' entrapment.... he was confined at birth and continued to be confined by fate (Apollo's prophecy).