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1 Sophocles: Oedipus the King (Volume A)

2 Sophocles Athens, Colonus education golden age Peloponnesian War (431 B.C.E.) theater changes tritagonist

3 tragedy and imitation style: embellished, different parts catharsis 6 elements: plot, character, language, thought, spectacle, and melody plot: recognition, catharsis, reversal unhappy endings probability and inevitability deus ex machina chorus Aristotle’s Poetics: Tragedy

4 Elements of Plot recognition (anagnorisis) catharsis reversal (peripeteia)

5 Catharsis, Hamartia

6 Thebes, Corinth

7 Delphic Oracle: Know Thyself

8 Sphinx feminine merciless cunning lion-bird-woman

9 Adoption Delphic Oracle exposure blood guilt adoption Corinth, Thebes

10 Tiresias physical blindness versus visions and prophecy judge for the gods

11 democracy Oedipus/ Creon Antigone Oedipus at Colonus Politics

12 “Don’t claim any man god’s friend until he has passed through life and crossed the border into death—never having been god’s victim” (lines 1744–46) Chorus/ Play’s Lesson

13 Discussion Questions Oedipus’s pride might be considered a tragic flaw, but does pride truly bring about his downfall? Looked at another way, could the pestilence afflicting Thebes be rooted out without Oedipus’s single- minded determination to solve the latest riddle, regardless of the consequences?

14 Oedipus blames Apollo for bringing his sorrow to completion but claims that the act of putting his eyes out was his own. Certainly there is a sense that Oedipus does not deserve his fate, but what, then, is he responsible for, and what does the audience learn from the experience of the play? Discussion Questions

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