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Oedipus RexPrologue annotations from the close reading- Shreya RavindraLabel Main Ideas/ConceptsList details/quoted evidence from the text and explanations. Write out vocabulary terms/definitions.-Oedipus is wellrespected by hissubjectsOedipus, the King of Thebes, calls his subjects his children, showing usthat he is thoughtful and caring. He also says “Tell me, and never doubtthat I will help you, In every way I can;”-Oedipus wants toprovide for his peopleand is willing to doanythingOedipus didn’t want to hear his subject’s problems through hismessengers and decides to speak to them and hear their concerns inperson.-Oedipus knows theproblems his peoplefaceSupplication- the action of asking or begging for something earnestly orhumbly.-The priest is therepresentative of thepeople in the prologueThe priest is called upon to speak for the group of people at his steps. Thepriest proceeds to say “Great Oedipus… You see how all ages of ourpeople cling to your altar steps,” showing that Oedipus is respectedamongst his subjects.-Creon talks to anoracle to find out whatcan be done to stopthe plagueThe priest tells Oedipus that “Thebes is tossed on a murdering sea andcannot lift her head from death surge.” It is later said that “the herbs aresick; children die unborn…” The priest might be suggesting that Thebes iscursed and is asking Oedipus to help his subjects.-Creon finds out thatThebes is cursedBattens- support the top and bottom of curtains/drops to prevent wrinkles.-Creon says that KingLaius was killed andthe murder caused thecurseThe priest summons the King of Thebes to pull his citizens from theplague. The priest says “you are not one of the immortal gods… yet wehave come to you to make our prayer.” Oedipus is like God on Earth to hissubjects.-Creon says that Apollowants revenge and toavenge the formerKingSphinx- “a winged monster that killed anyone who could not answer herriddle “what walks on four legs in the morning, two legs at noon, and three

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