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The play Oedipus El Rey by Luis Alfaro has love and happiness but also catastrophes. The characters Oedipus and Jocasta both had a rough beginning before meeting each other and having a relationship that had comfort. Luis Alfaro synthesizes pathos in the play with the relationship to include our emotions. What Luis Alfaro made the center of the play is the tragic relationship between Oedipus and Jocasta and how there relationship made a conflict with in families and each other.

In the play Oedipus started as a young who was always into trouble and his only supporter was Tiresias, his ‘papa’. There was sadness and no fear in Oedipus life before he met Jocasta. Oedipus did not grow up with a family or anything to call his, he was into trouble mostly all his life and incarcerated with the man he calls father, Tiresias. Alfaro mentions,“My father says the day I learned to walk – I ran into an alley. When they found me, the bottoms of my feet were tore up from walking on broken glass.I’m not crippled enough to be crippled.Even though I’ve been like this since I was a baby…I never knew my mother. She left me to a life of picking pockets, selling pot and juvenile detention. Mothers sometimes do that”(Alfaro 34). Oedipus believed he was a Gomez his whole young life, but he do anything for those who actually loved him. Since the day Oedipus was born he had a philosophy that concluded his entire life and the Tecolotes where the first to tell him,“We have some wise old philosophy for you; ‘Cuando el tecolote canta…(When the owl cries…) El Indio muere.(The Indian dies.) I’m gonna die? No, your father, puto” (Alfaro 36). Since then Oedipus life was going to change without him even knowing or even wanting to. Getting out of the pen and into the real life was challenging for Oedipus all he wanted was a kingdom to start having something of his own, but running into the King was not the plan for Oedipus but was his philosophy and Alfaro includes the conversation Laius and Oedipus have, “You’re so obvious, pendejo. North Kern, right? You got convict written all over you, Baboso I’m on my way there now. Anybody you want me to say hello to, a boyfriend? Ah… You don’t know the outside, do you? Wow, ese, you threw me for a momento, I thought you were an hombre, but you’re just a little boy. Wow, wouldn’t that be crazy if you went right back in? I could do that. Make a call, Highway Patrol, tell them you got some sort of road rage, a Rabia from being locked in a cage for so long. Danger to society, y todo eso. Send you back before you got a taco…” ( Alfaro 49). After the altercation is when Oedipus killed the king Laius, and continues having no fear but darkness and sadness, having to kill, fight and not look weak. Until he meets a widow, the Queen Jocasta and he allows her into his life slowly in which Oedipus shows emotion,” But I do. I look at you and I feel like a sentence just got finished. I don’t know why. It’s not a feeling. It’s right here” (Alfaro 78). He wants to show Jocasta that he needs her as much she needs him for love, happiness and comfort and rule her kingdom together.

Jocasta was the Queen of a barrio with her husband King Laius. Her life was also full of pain and having a down fall that charged her entire life. The only thing Jocasta was looking for was having a baby, “You’re a pain in the ass you know that? Ay, Stop all that damn kicking! What do you got to be restless about, huh? All you’re doing is sitting there, watching All My Children What are you waiting for? Come on, come out. I need someone. To keep me company. To protect me. To love me” (Alfaro 24) . Having a king that disagrees with her a lot and all he cared about was being a ruler and business, she just wanted that love already from her baby. Alfaro includes a catastrophe in Jocastas early life, “NOOOOOOOOOO! Por favor, Santo Jesus! Mi hijo… Mi hijo… Mi hijo…” (Alfaro 29), Jocasta lost her baby giving birth according to Laius, she did not even get to see her baby only Laius and Tiresias did and they decided on what to do with the infant, “I remember him, here, on my chest. The thought of him was killing me, so I had to let him go. In my mind. See, in this barrio, they do that to you –the dead –they can get into your head and make you stop living, even from the grave. I think they all hate being over there at Forest Lawn. The sound of the freeway day and night” (Alfaro 92). It broke Jocasta until she met a young man Oedipus after her husband was killed in the road. Alfaro shows love in the play and a deep connection with both characters with in 3 months to the point were they just want each other ,Jocasta tells him “I’m filling up with you. Doesn’t that sound strange? Even thinking it makes me feel… All the empty spaces inside of me, it’s as if they were always yours. The touch of your skin, your smile, the way you look at me. They complete me. I know I sound like some teenage puta, but it’s different, I swear to you. When a woman my age says that to a man – it’s different” (Alfaro 86). Being with Oedipus did make conflict with her only family left Creon, her brother, after she got married with Oedipus and gave part of the kingdom to him Creon knew all the truth’s of the new king and all he wanted to do was save his sister. Jocasta and Creon have an altercation, “I’M NOT BLIND! I am holding on to what little we have left. How will we live without a king? In exile? We would die, hermano. You can barely wipe your own ass!” (Alfaro 113), “I didn’t choose him. He chose me! He came into my life. He saved me. I was dead before him. Stop being so ungrateful.” (Alfaro 114). Her whole life is ups and downs and she can never find a break she goes from happiness to sadness.

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