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A Study Guide for the Drama Exam ~~
Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature, 6/e
A Study of Sophocles
Oedipus the King (p. 976-1017)
On Tragic Character (p. 1018-1020)
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Birth of Drama
Through 'Oedipus the King'
'Oedipus the King'
The Relevance 'Oedipus'Today
and the Greek Theater
- Who was Sophocles?
In what ways did his work stand out and how was he innovative?
- What were the
theatrical conventions of Greek theater? Based on your reading of the play,
which of these conventions are used in Oedipus the King?
- How were ancient
Greek plays structured? Define prologue, parados, episodia, stasimon, exodus.
- What is tragedy?
How does Michael Meyer, editor of your textbook, define literary tragedy (p.
973)? How did Aristotle define the tragic hero (p. 1018-20)? What effect should
tragedy have on its audience? What is catharsis?
- What is dramatic
irony and where is it present in Oedipus the King?
the play, you should be prepared to answer questions about:
- the names, identities,
character traits of all the characters in the play (you should know who is
who, to the extent that you can identify the character given an example of
- details concerning
what happens throughout the play and how certain scenes advance the plot or
the play, you should be prepared to answer questions which ask you to analyze
- the role of
the chorus, how it responds to the action in the play, particularly on pp.
981-82, 989, 999-1000, 1008-09, 1017.
- the ways in
which the play illustrates Aristotle's declarations about tragedy and tragic
- several themes
evoked by the play, as discussed in class and/or in notes assigned on the