Thus in the Oedipus, the messenger comes to cheer Oedipus and free him from his alarms about his mother, but by revealing who he is, he produces the opposite effect. So what is Sophocles getting at figuratively? What prophecy for Oedipus does he reiterate? To give Jocasta a proper burial and to take care of his daughters. In Antistrophe 1, the Chorus describes Oedipus as the man who Though death sang, stood like a tower To make Pale Thebes take heart. It is wrong for the two leaders to be pursuing a private quarrel in public when the country at large is suffering so much. What does Ares represent to the Chorus? What is the meaning of Oedipus' name? Goaded into anger by Oedipus, what does Tiresias finally tell him? Give details of how the Chorus describes the city to the gods. What does Oedipus think about what the person tells him? They view Oedipus as a main force of men, making him a tragic hero due to events happening later in the plot. This knowledge will hurt Oedipus.
Discuss the role of the sentry in Antigone. Choose one tragedy and discuss the role of the chorus. Oedipus is the first play in a trilogy. Why does Jocasta's story about how the former king was killed upset Oedipus? Near the end of each play in the Oedipus Trilogy, a messenger describes what has happened offstage, usually the most important action in the play. How is Tiresias' response to being ordered to leave comic and ironic? He is likewise pleased, for the same reason. This shepherd is also the same man who survived the attack on Laius.
Why did the citizens of Thebes not investigate Laius' murder at the time it occurred? How did Greek drama originate? In reaction to the horrendous prophecy, Oedipus runs away from home. That he's King of Thebes is what makes Creon a character of high status. A plot of this kind would, doubtless, satisfy the moral sense, but it would inspire neither pity nor fear; for pity is aroused by unmerited misfortune, fear by the misfortune of a man like ourselves. At this point, what appears to be Oedipus' hamartia? Jocasta also asks Oedipus to stop investigating his lineage line 1063. In the case of Oedipus, the convention of keeping violence offstage is thematically appropriate.
Thebes is unable to produce any crops, causing a famine. When Creon arrives from Delphi, what does Oedipus insist that he do? They were preoccupied with the Sphinx 23. What news does the messenger bring, and what does Jocasta think it proves? Why, according to Oedipus, must his resolution be strong? At the beginning of the play, where have the townspeople gathered? He is indeed the son of Laius and Jocasta. What character trait does Oedipus' killing of Laius enforce? He said that he will do whatever the oracle demands. When Oedipus shoots down their first suggestion, who do the Chorus then suggest Oedipus speak to, to find out who killed the former king? An attempt to undo what he has done is the reaction of Theban King Creon to the warning from Teiresias the blind prophet. The audience hears them described by witnesses rather than seeing them firsthand.
Let no man in this land whereof I hold The sovereign rule, harbor or speak to him; Give him no part in prayer or sacrifice Or lustral rites, but hound him from your homes. Why did Oedipus blind himself? As a prophet, Tiresias speaks for the gods and for Fate. Oedipus is rash and stubborn. How does it focus and intensify the audience's responses? The truth revealed to Oedipus, what does Tiresias predict for him? Oedipus wants to talk about the issue in public. Crops, animals, and people are dying. Who speaks for the people of Thebes as their leader? But, as they stand, the oracles are dead-- Dust, ashes, nothing, dead as Polybus. What were your initial thoughts about the character of Oedipus? What will probably prove to be this traits dramatic significance? Where do we see the conflict between the forces of nomos and physis? This is the impression we should receive from hearing the story of the Oedipus.
Tiresias predicts that Oedipus will be physically blind as well, referring to how he will gouge his eyes out before he is exiled from Thebes. What is Jocasta's opinion of soothsayers? What does Oedipus promise to do? Oedipus promises to avenge the murder of Laius. Why does the Chorus appear at this point in the play? The sentry is free to say such things at this point, because he has nothing to lose. Creon had just as much power, since Creon, Jocasta and Oedipus now rule together. Oedipus blinds himself once he learns of the suicide.
What theory does Oedipus immediately develop about Laius' death? Thebes was cursed before, and Oedipus was able to lift that curse by defeating the creature that caused it. His father is the person whom subsequent Theban King Oedipus learns that he'll kill. A plot to murder the king. She has no faith in them. To mark the beginning of the rising action and to build suspense, Sophocles again has the Chorus interject. Ismene is distracted by pity and shame in a way that Antigone is not.
Did Teiresias really believe that it would be better for everyone if truth were to remain undisclosed? The killer of Laius has to be exiled or killed to end the plague. In Antigone, who is the real main character — Antigone or Creon? When the messenger questions Oedipus about what Oedipus is afraid of, what information does the messenger share with Oedipus? That's when Antigone comes back. The place of Laius' murder—the junction of three roads—sparks Oedipus' interest. What is Jocasta's opinion on prophecies? He must be one who is highly renowned and prosperous- a personage like Oedipus, Thyestes, or other illustrious men of such families. Why is the shepherd so reluctant to identify Oedipus as the child he gave to the messenger? For the plot ought to be so constructed that, even without the aid of the eye, he who hears the tale told will thrill with horror and melt to pity at what takes Place. He shouts that his eyes should not see any more of the evil that he had created. Oedipus cannot tell that the citizen has exited until Antigone tells him so.
So he learns that he's fated to kill his father and. Why does Jocasta believe Oedipus and Creon should be ashamed of themselves? He is placing the curse upon himself 29. What is Oedipus' reaction to Creon's information? The dead are lying on the ground, and there are few others left to mourn them. Who or what is to blame for this great big mess? Even though Oedipus tried to escape his fate, it found him anyway. He is now worried that he may have killed the king. He accuses Tiresias of envy and trying to take the throne. They travel around in humiliating, miserable exile until they reach Colonus.