Oedipus HiLit SQ

Oedipus HiLit SQ - D E XPO SITIO N Oedipus Tyrannus...

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D O e d i p u s T y r a n n u s O e d i p u s T y r a n n u s A S O P H O C L E S “Not one of you suffers a sickness half as great as mine.” —Oedipus, Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus Jot down brief answers to the questions below. Cite evidence and quotations —with page numbers —to support your points. An “ALL” after a question means that each of you should accept full responsibility for (brilliantly, of course) answering the question. Please place your name within the empty parentheses after those questions about which you wish to be make especially percipient contributions. EXPOSITION • 1. What is the function of the Prologos (”prologue”: pro = fore; logos = word), the opening scene? What does it tell us about the plight of the Thebans? Are the priest and suppliants only sycophants toadying up to the man in power, or do they seem to hold Oedipus in genuine regard? What do they think of him? (ALL) • 2. What do we learn of Oedipus in the Prologos ? How does he respond to the supplicants? What are his greatest strengths? Do you detect any potential weakness here? (How do you think his experience with the Sphinx has influenced his self-image and reputation within the community?) (ALL) THE CHORUS (You need not answer all questions at once—just the ones that referring to the day’s reading assignment.) • 3. The Chorus is of great importance in this play. What functions does it serve ? What view(s) does it represent? (You’ll be able to answer Question 3 mo’ bettah at the end, but start thinking about it now.) (ALL) • 4. Trace the various positions taken by the chorus throughout the play. What seems to influence its attitudes? 4 a . What is the Chorus attempting to do in the Párodos , the opening song the chorus sings as it enters the orchestra [dancing floor in front of skenê —stage building])? ( ) 4 b . The second choral song, Ode I , follows Scene I between Oedipus and Teiresias. How does the Chorus respond to Teiresias’s charges against Oedipus? ( ) 4 c . Ode I follows Episode I , Oedipus’s exhortation & curse, then the agon (verbal contest, dispute) of Scene II , the quarrel between Oedipus and Kreon. Ode II follows Episode II , with its revelations in the dialogue between Oedipus and Iokastê. How do the members of the Chorus now respond to the possibility of Oedipus’s guilt ? What implications do they draw? Especially in light of Iokastê’s comments re. prophecy and the growing likelihood of Oedipus’s guilt, what is the significance in Antistrophe 2 of their statements re. Delphi and divine prophecy ? ( ) 4 d . (You’ll answer the next choral questions after our first session.) After the dialogue with the Corinthian mes- senger in Episode III / Scene III comes the next choral song,
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