Classwork and Discussion (4/15-17/02)
sections of the play, noting what action occurs, what characters are involved
in each scene (and their personalities) and what you are reading "between
the lines" in terms of theme and dramatic irony:
Chorus: p. 993
Episode (1): pp. 995-1001
Chorus: p. 1001
Episode (2): pp. 1002-1011
Chorus: p. 1011
Episode (3): pp. 1012-1021
Chorus: p. 1021
Episode (4) - Exodus - pp. 1021-1029
Chorus (final lines) - p. 1029
Through Oedipus the King"
We discussed these in class on 4/19/02:
that plot is driven by conflict. What is the conflict at the heart of
2. In what
sense is Oedipus the King a "tragedy" by Meyer's definition
(p. 985). In what sense is Oedipus a "tragic hero" by Aristotle's
definition? Of what value is tragedy generally, in your opinion?
3. What questions
are raised by this ancient play which still seem relevant to you today?
the King - Study Questions"
these previous assignments:
Study of Sophocles" (981-988)
the King (981-1029)
"On Tragic Character" (1030-1032) and my notes "Aristotle's
discuss the following aspects of Sophocles' play on Monday:
- What do
you learn in the prologue about the Oedipus, his predicament, and the
predicament of Thebes? What conflicts are laid out? What is revealed about
- What do
you learn from the chorus in each choral ode? What's the role of the chorus
in its major appearances?
- How does
the play fit Michael Meyer's definition of tragedy and Aristotle's definition
of the tragic hero?