Oedipus Rex Study

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Oedipus Rex Study Guide
The Prologos 1. What initial step does Oedipus indicate he has already taken? 2. What is the significance of Delphi? What is the message from the oracle at Delphi with which Creon returns? 3. What does Oedipus think about the clue Creon reveals about who murdered King Laios? What might this perception foreshadow? 4. What does Oedipus promise to do at the end of the Prologos? 5. Of what symbolic significance are the olive boughs, strewn at the alter steps as the Thebans address Oedipus? Why does Oedipus tell the suppliants to lift up their olive boughs as they depart?
The Parados 1. In strophe 1, what does the chorus ask? 2. In antistrophe 1, to which god and goddesses does the chorus appeal for
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In light of the caveat in ode 2, what might her statement foreshadow? 4. What attitude toward the gods does Oedipus exhibit after learning of Polybos' death? Again in light of ode 2, what is foreshadowed by Oedipus' statement? What effect upon the audience might the similarity of reactions of Oedipus and Jocasta have? 5. Though Oedipus is comforted that Polybus, his father, has died of natural causes, what aspect of the oracle still troubles Oedipus? 6. How does the messenger prove that Oedipus was not the child of Polybus and Merope? 7. Why does Jocasta so insistently attempt to stop Oedipus' questioning of the messenger? What has Jocasta discovered through the messenger's story? 8. What incredible coincidences surround the appearance of the messenger from Corinth and the shepherd? Is such coincidence possible in life? As a modern audience, why might we believe less in such coincidences than audiences of 5th century, BC? 9. Jocasta's exit line is significant. The only word she can call Oedipus is "miserable." Why can she not call him husband? Why can she not call him son?
Ode 3 1. In ode 3, Kith iron is again mentioned. What is Kithairon, and how is it connected to Oedipus? Refer to scene 3. 2. Who is Pan? Who is Hermes? What is Kyllene? 3. What effect does juxtaposing the pastoral imagery of ode 3 with scene 3 create? What might this suggest about scene 4?
The Final Clue 1.
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