- 1 How does the Chorus treat Oedipus in the beginning of the play?
- 2 Who do you interpret the Chorus to be speaking to in Oedipus?
- 3 Who does the Chorus blame for Oedipus downfall?
- 4 What role does the Chorus play in Sophocles Oedipus the King?
- 5 Why did Oedipus stab his eyes?
- 6 Why does Jocasta kill herself in Oedipus Rex?
- 7 What does the Chorus say at the end of Oedipus?
- 8 Is King Oedipus a victim of fate or a victim of his own actions?
- 9 Why does Teiresias refuse to tell Oedipus what he knows?
- 10 Is Oedipus guilty or innocent?
- 11 Is Oedipus to be blamed?
- 12 What God does Oedipus blame for his fate?
- 13 What do the last lines of Oedipus Rex mean?
- 14 What foreshadowing of tragedy does the chorus provide?
- 15 Why Oedipus is a tragic hero?
How does the Chorus treat Oedipus in the beginning of the play?
He claims that though Apollo ordained his destiny, it was he alone who pierced his own eyes. He asks that he be banished from Thebes. The Chorus shrinks away from Oedipus as he curses his birth, his marriage, his life, and in turn all births, marriages, and lives.
Who do you interpret the Chorus to be speaking to in Oedipus?
Who do you interpret the Chorus to be speaking to? (2 points) The chorus must be speaking to the gods in form of prayers. It goes, “Oh Gods, descend!
Who does the Chorus blame for Oedipus downfall?
The Chorus think, quite reasonably, that blinding himself has only made a terrible situation even worse and asks Oedipus what god drove him to this madness. Oedipus blames the god Apollo, then clarifies what he means. The god Apollo brought the original fate upon him.
What role does the Chorus play in Sophocles Oedipus the King?
The basic role of the chorus in Oedipus Rex is to sing comments about the ongoing situations in the drama. Because the scene (stage) was too far away from the immense theatron (seeing place), the chorus had to play the role of coming in between the two places and making the audience overhear them more easily.
Why did Oedipus stab his eyes?
Oedipus acknowledges that his hubris has left him blind to the truth and is too ashamed of himself to witness the citizens’ reactions. Overall, Oedipus chooses stab out his eyes as a way of punishing himself for his hubris and ignorance.
Why does Jocasta kill herself in Oedipus Rex?
Jocasta kills herself because she engaged in an infamous double bond between child and husband. Meaning, she felt extreme guilt and disgust because she slept with Laius, had a child, and then later slept with this child.
What does the Chorus say at the end of Oedipus?
At the end of Oedipus the King, the Chorus conflates the people of “Thebes” with the audience in the theater. The message of the play, delivered directly to that audience, is one of complete despair: “ count no man happy till he dies, free of pain at last ” (1684).
Is King Oedipus a victim of fate or a victim of his own actions?
Oedipus is a victim of fate in Oedipus Rex because it would have been impossible for him to avoid the destiny predetermined for him by the gods. However, it could be argued that Oedipus is a victim of his own actions when he murders Laius because he succumbs to his own hubris.
Why does Teiresias refuse to tell Oedipus what he knows?
Why does Teiresias refuse to tell Oedipus what he knows? Teiresias knows the truth and the truth will upset Oedipus.
Is Oedipus guilty or innocent?
Answer and Explanation: Oedipus is neither guilty nor innocent. Although he killed his father and married his mother, he was destined to do this. This is his fate.
Is Oedipus to be blamed?
While the gods and fate have a part in the prophecy of Oedipus growing up to kill his father and marry his mother, Oedipus is ultimately the blame. He killed his father because of a lack of self control. Truly, Oedipus is responsible for his actions as a grown man. He did not have to murder anyone.
What God does Oedipus blame for his fate?
Whom does Oedipus blame his sorrows? Oedipus blames Apollo and the gods. After finding out the truth about his fate of killing his father and sleeping with his mother, Oedipus decides to blind himself. He was metaphorically blind to this fate before, due to him being guilty of hubris.
What do the last lines of Oedipus Rex mean?
The last lines are a lesson and a warning about fate, spoken by the chorus. In modern American terms, they might be paraphrased as “It isn’t over til it’s over,” a sentiment that says a football game isn’t won or lost until the last second on the clock has run down.
What foreshadowing of tragedy does the chorus provide?
After each scene, the Chorus sings an ode to the audience that summarizes the events of the act, summarizes background information, and foreshadows future events. This line foreshadows Creon’s unwillingness to listen to reason and the deaths that will occur because of his stubbornness.
Why Oedipus is a tragic hero?
According to Aristotle’s definition, Oedipus is a tragic hero because he is a king whose life falls apart when he finds out his life story. For example, a tragic hero must cause his own downfall; his fate is not deserved, and his punishment exceeds the crime; he also must be of noble stature and have greatness.