King Oedipus Questions

Topics: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Laius Pages: 7 (2212 words) Published: January 20, 2013
Scene 1 (Pages 25-39)

1. Oedipus characterizes himself by in line 7 of scene 1, Oedipus says, "I Oedipus, a name that all men know."(known afar) This shows he has much pride for himself. He feels he is very important, and that no one is above him. He knows the people need his help, and he feels prideful that they would need him. The people view him as their saviour. They are relieved to have him there to help them, and they almost worship him for his help. But as for Oedipus his attitude towards the suppliants is good, he anticipates his subjects needs and is always one step ahead of them.

2. The conditions in Thebes the Priest describes is there city is in a tide of death from which there is no escaping. For example “Death in the pastures”. They need/the city of Thebes needs the king’s help. The suppliants view Oedipus as not the equal of gods, but as the first of men, whether in the ordinary business of mortal life, or in the encounters of man with more than man.

3. The request the Priest make of Oedipus is to save and deliver them out of there heavy afflictions. (Save Thebes) He sent his kinsman Creon, the son of Menoeceus to the Pythian house of Apollo, to learn what act or word of mine could help you.

4. The reaction of the Chorus to the advice of Apollo in Thebes is in Thebes, City of Light, from the Pythian House of Gold the gracious voice of heaven is heard. With fear my heart is riven, fear of what shall be told.

5. The irony in Oedipus’s speech was Oedipus, who suffers for all the people, is the cause of his people’s pain.

6. Oedipus summons Teiresias because he is the one who could help them most in their search. Oedipus views Teiresias’s behaviour as “Such words – such insults to the state would move a saint to anger”

7. Teiresias reveal to Oedipus as a result of the king’s angry accusation is “You are the cursed polluter of this land” and again “I say that the killer you are seeking is yourself.”

8. The suspicion that Oedipus does to begin to harbor about Creon is “Ah, riches and royalty, and wit matched against wit in the race of life, must they always be mated with envy? Must Creon, so long my friend, my most trusted friend, stalk me by stealth, and study to dispossess me of the power this city has given me.”

9. Teiresias predicts on this day you your birth and brings you death. Also that his greatness/misfortune will ruin him is what will happen to Oedipus.

10. The Chorus’s view of Teiresias’s accusations against Oedipus is the Chorus rejects Teiresias accusations. They do not accept Teiresias charges that Oedipus is the very killer that all Thebes seek and that the gods want punished.

Scene 2 (Pages 39-50)

11. What motivates Creon’s entrance at the beginning of this episode is Oedipus sent his brother-in-law, Creon, to the prophetic shrine of Apollo to find out what must be done to save the city. Oedipus accuses Creon of this conspiracy because Creon asks the elders what was said about him, for he is concerned about the rumours that have started spreading. He knows of no feud between himself and Oedipus and it upsets him that the prophet was said to have lied on his behalf. He claims that he has never caused any harm to Oedipus that he knows of, and asks why this accusation was directed at him. As Oedipus enters, he asks Creon how he could come there and accuses him of trying to steal the crown and of murdering Laios. He also accuses Creon of influencing him to call Tiresias down there and to ask for his opinion, which he believes Creon plotted with Tiresias and was the reason Tiresias called him Laios' killer. Furthermore, he questions why Tiresias didn't come forward at the time of the murder and says that he refuses to be convicted of murder he accuses Creon of seeking his death and conspiring with Tiresias to dethrone him, the elders ask Oedipus to calm down and believe Creon, for they do not believe that Creon is a fool, and they...
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