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1Oedipus Rex Terms associated with the 1st reading p. 1-23/5-36 Retrospection:___________________Tragic Hero—In order for a character to be considered a Tragic Hero they need to possess the following:Noble StatusInner NobilityFree WillTragic Flaw3 Ironies:Verbal, Situational, Dramatic
2Oedipus Rex First Readings p. 1-23/5-36 What do we learn about Oedipus’ virtues as a ruler?Tragic HeroNoble Status:Inner Nobility:
3Exposition/Rise in Action Early in the exposition what do we learn about the situation in Thebes? Turning Point/ClimaxRise in ActionFall in ActionWhat question drives the onset of the play?CatastropheExposition
4What information does Creon supply? Why is this an example of retrospection?
5What does Oedipus declare will be the fate of the murderer of King Laius ? What type of irony is this an example of?
6Who is Tiresias and what is his message? Of what significance is his blindness? SYMBOLWhat is Oedipus’ response to the revelations of Tiresias?
7Component of the Tragic Hero What initial signs of rashness do we see in Oedipus?Where do you think these signs would fall within the Tragic Hero components?
8What false conclusion does Oedipus reach as a result of his quarrel with Tiresias? What effect could this conclusion have on Oedipus?
9What role does the first senator play in the quarrel between Creon and Oedipus? What do we learn about Creon’s character?
10Oedipus Rex p /36-51When Jocasta questions what has happened between Creon and Oedipus, what does the Senator/chorus tell her?Why do you suppose he does this?
11Pg. 26/27 ; p.41How does Jocasta reassure her husband that he could not be the killer of King Laius?Jocasta uses ______________ when she recalls the former King’s prophesy and apparent death. (Lit. term)
12Turning Point of the play How does the Jocasta describe the former King?—be specific.During his conversation with Jocasta, what characteristic of the Tragic Hero does Oedipus display.
13Turning Point/Climax Turning Point/Climax Rise in Action TiresiasCreonRise in ActionFall in ActionHow to save Thebes?CatastropheExpositionZeusOedipus
14Turning Point Why is this passage so important to the plot of the play? What question has been driving the first part of the play? What was Oedipus’ primary objective?What is he left to question AFTER his conversation with Jocasta?
15Jocasta/Retrospection Turning Point/ClimaxJocasta/RetrospectionTurning Point/ClimaxTiresiasCreonRise in ActionFall in ActionHow to save Thebes?CatastropheExpositionZeusOedipus
16Has Oedipus connected the dots?? What important information does Oedipus share with his wife/momma?After his conversation with Jocasta, what “last hope” does he hold on to?
17Turning Point Cont…By the end of p. 33/51, the Corinth Messenger arrives in Thebes. What news does he bring? Why is this SO SIGNIFICNT to the plot?
18“Revelations”By the end of this section, what has Oedipus come to realize? Jocasta?Oedipus’ crimes are not the first in the unraveling of this tragedy. What is believed to be the crime of Laius and Jocasta?
19Oedipus Rex Terms p. 23-33/36-51 5 “cides” Infanticide: Genocide: Regicide:Patricide:Suicide:
20Oedipus Rex p /52-73Oedipus feels he may have surpassed his fate when he hears the news that his “father”(the King of Corinth) has died of sickness and old age. Who does he still fear and how is this a form of irony?
21Falling Action (1)What does the Corinth messenger tell Oedipus about his past?Why is this so important to the play?
22Jocasta/Retrospection Fall in Action 1Jocasta/RetrospectionTurning Point/ClimaxTiresiasCorinth MessengerCreonRise in ActionFall in ActionHow to save Thebes?Who am I?CatastropheExpositionZeus/Oracle of ApolloOedipus
23Jocasta’s DenialWhy does Jocasta attempt to keep Oedipus from questioning the shepherd?How does Oedipus misconstrue her pleas to stop his investigation?Jocasta says, “O, woe, woe, unhappy! This is all I have to say to thee, and no word more, forever!” What does she mean by this?What is implied about self-knowledge and its price in Oedipus Rex?
24Falling Action (2) Why is the shepherd reluctant to speak? How does Oedipus demonstrate his free will and ultimately one of his tragic flaws while talking to the old shepherd?What facts does the shepherd bring to light?
25Jocasta/Retrospection Fall in Action 2Jocasta/RetrospectionTurning Point/ClimaxTiresiasCorinth MessengerCreonRise in ActionFall in ActionHow to save Thebes?Who am I?CatastropheExpositionZeus/Oracle of ApolloOedipus
26The making of a Catastrophe What news does the 2nd messenger bring concerning Jocasta?Concerning Oedipus?How is this fitting for both characters in the play?
27Slave/Witness/”Shepherd” Catastrophe/ExodusJocastaTurning Point/ClimaxTiresiasCorinth MessengerCreonSlave/Witness/”Shepherd”Rise in ActionFall in ActionHow to save Thebes?Who am I?CatastropheExpositionZeus/Oracle of ApolloOedipus
28Oedipus “sees” the light… What admirable trait is revealed about Oedipus’ character in the scene where he discovers the full truth about himself?How has Oedipus come full circle?How has he evolved into Tiresias?Why and what type of irony is this?What does Oedipus’ reaction to his downfall say about his character?
29Theme: Self-Knowledge How do the metaphors of vision and blindness reflect the theme of Oedipus arriving at self-knowledge?
30Metaphor ThebesHow does the image of the plague-stricken city of Thebes serve as an ironic comment on Oedipus’ situation?
315 “cides” Infanticide Genocide Regicide Patricide Suicide JOCASTA AND KING LAIUS’ CRIMESHow much control do the Gods have in all of this??Can we chalk any of it up to mere coincidence?OEDIPUS’ CRIMESJOCASTA…WHY? What does this tell us about her character? Contrast her with Oedipus.
32Theme: Self-Knowledge How does Oedipus arrive at self-knowledge? Oedipus’ character coming full circleWhat decision is Oedipus faced with at this point in the play?
33ExodusWhat does Oedipus ask of Creon?Creon’s reply?
34Oedipus’ Evolution Initial Character Forces of Change Bent on_________________Rash and Proud of_____________________________________________________________of those around him_________________________ Gods/ProphecyForces of ChangeQuest for_________________Conversations with_______________________Suspicions of others prove
35Oedipus’ Evolution Cont… Final CharacterRespects the power of ______________________and _______ of his shame______________
36…what is meant to be, will be. Theme of Fate:Sophocles raised the philosophical question of FATE and it’s effect in one’s life….What effect does FATE have on Oedipus and his situation? Family? Thebes?…what is meant to be, will be.Do you still agree/disagree now that we have read and analyzed the text?
37Theme of Radical Alienation: What does it mean to be “radically alienated”?How was Oedipus radically alienated?________
38Tragic Vision: Sophocles purpose What does the story of Oedipus teach us, the reader?The story of Oedipus teaches us that we never truly know ourselves as we think we do. Sophocles wants us (his readers) to consider the fact that one cannot escape, what is meant to be…
39…what is meant to be, will be. Right??? Do we----or can we----control our own destiny or fate?Did Oedipus ever have a chance?Was he destined to travel down this path? If so, why?What did he think about FATE?Jocasta?Your self?
40Symbolism in Oedipus Rex Mt. Delphi (home of Apollo):the Sphinx:the Plague:Blindness:Corinth:
41Important TERMS in Oedipus Rex: Greek Mythology:Greek Tragedy:Tragic Hero:Retrospection:5 “cides”:3 parts of a Greek Play:3 types of irony:
42Themes in Oedipus Rex: Self-Knowledge: Fate: Radical Alienation: Tragic Vision: