"Oedipus the King" by Sophocles is a play that still holds immense power, even in popular culture. There are many themes and motifs in "Oedipus the King" like fate, destiny, love, prophecy, and sight that are all popular throughout literature. These themes presented allow the audience an insight into what values were most important in the ancient world. Another benefit to pieces like Oedipus is the ability ton see what issues were taboo, even then. The realization that Oedipus has married his mother and fathered children with her creates such distress that he gouges his own eyes out. We know from this that even in a time when marriage within families was common, relationships between parent and child were met with the a very similar reaction that they are today. Beyond that though, Freud named the romantic love of the opposite sex parent an Oedipus complex. This name alone keeps "Oedipus the King" as more relevant than it might otherwise be.