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May 18, 2007 Oedipus Rex Look at the list of characters. What do the characters mean to the play? Oedipus’s mom’s name is Jocasta. The messenger as a Catalyst. Jocasta killed her son to escape his prophecy. Who was the Oracle at Delphi? Who is the Sphinx? The lady that held the riddles. She had the body of a lion and the face of a woman, she also had wings. What was her riddle? After he answered the riddle she killed herself. After the riddle is answered Oedipus becomes king. A king put a bad curse over the people. Kreon never made a move without seeking advice from the oracle. Oedipus was tyrant. He was a more of a dictator. He doesn’t listen to the oracles. Basically what he says goes. The audiences were 5 th century Greeks. If you don’t listen to the Gods, you will
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Unformatted text preview: have a tragic ending. • Who are the protagonist and the antagonist? The Protagonist is the city against fate or tyranny. City vs. Fate. • What is perpetia? • Distress caused by Kreon. • What is Oedipus’s tragic flaw? • What type of theatre would be used to house this play? An orchestra could have possibly been used. The elite would sit behind the actors, the orchestra would be in front, and the regular people would sit behind the orchestra. • How were people dressed? Masks, • Pay attention to setting and lighting. • What is the overall action in the play? • What’s more important the letter of the law or the spirit of the law? Read the play one more time!...
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