Oedipus Rex #3 - Liang 1 Victor Liang Mr Perlman English...

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Liang 1 Victor Liang Mr. Perlman English 10H, Period 4 2 March, 2009 Oedipus Rex : Scene III-Ode III Questions 1. Iocaste is now similar to the Theban citizens from the beginning of the play, because she is a suppliant looking toward Oedipus to save Thebes from the plague. This shows that all the responsibility of Thebes rests in Oedipus' hands and that Oedipus is the only one keeping Thebes alive. Even Iocaste doesn't have the control that Oedipus has. Therefore, Oedipus has tremendous power as a king. But when he later finds out that he is Laos's murderer, he will fall from being a tyrant to being a defilement. 2. In her speech, Iocaste asks Apollo to stop the dispute over the murderer. This speech is related to the succeeding anouncement of Polybus' death, because Polybus' death nearly ends the dispute. Since Oedipus thinks his father already died, he believes that he did not kill Laos. However, Polybus wasn't his father. Oedipus's father was Laos. Sophocles has the news transmitted first to Iocaste, because he would be able to show how nieve Iocaste is in
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