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King of Thebes; murdered King Laius (his father) and married his mother (Jocasta)
King Laius' wife; Oedipus' mother, but also wife...
brother to Jocasta; acts as king after Laius is killed, and abdicates the throne when Oedipus comes.
Blind prophet Oedipus calls upon to find out who Laius' murderer is.
Antigone / Ismene
two of Oedipus' children
How does Oedipus become the King of Thebes?
He solves the riddle of the sphinx who has been plaguing Thebes.
Why are so many people on the steps of Oedipus' palace in the beginning of the play?
There is a plague in Thebes; cattle, crops, and people are dying. (main conflict in Act 1)
previously king of Thebes, previously married to Jocasta, and murdered at a crossroads.
When Laius was murdered, why did nobody try to figure out what happened?
Everyone was preoccupied with the terror of the sphinx and trying to get rid of her.
Who suggests that Oedipus should send for Tiresias to help clear things up with the location of Laius' murderer?
The Senator / Chorus
Creon returns from the oracle in Delphi & explains to Oedipus that the only way to rid Thebes of the plague is...
to locate the murderer of King Laius and exile or murder him.
When Oedipus asks Tiresias who the murderer of Laius is, how does Tiresias originally respond?
He says he knows, but it's better that nobody else does. "Alas! How terrible it is to know, / Where no good comes of knowing!"
When Tiresias finally says, "I say that you are Laius' murderer--He whom you seek," what does Oedipus do?
He accuses Tiresias of working with Creon; he believes Creon is trying to take the throne back, which is treason.
When Creon confronts Oedipus for his accusations, what does he say in defense of himself?
He has the benefits of being king without actually doing any of the stressful work, so why would he want to ruin that?
Why did Oedipus leave Corinth?
Someone prophesied over him that he would murder his father & marry his mother...so he left to avoid that happening.
What is the beginning of Oedipus' awareness of his actual reality?
Jocasta's story that includes details that are similar to some of his own experiences.
What does the messenger from Corinth come to tell Oedipus?
His father, the King of Corinth (Polybus), has died of natural causes.
How does Oedipus feel in the wake of the messenger's news?
He is relieved because he believes he has escaped the prophecy.
The messenger reveals what shocking truth to Oedipus?
That Polybus wasn't his biological father.
How did Polybus come to raise Oedipus?
The messenger was given infant Oedipus by a shepherd, and he, in turn, gave the infant to Polybus & his wife.
How was Oedipus injured as a baby prior to being found?
He had "both the soles of his feet bored through."
Who gave the old man / shepherd Oedipus when he was an infant?
When Jocasta figures everything out, how does she react?
She hangs herself.
When Oedipus finds Jocasta in her room, what does he do?
He takes the pins from her gown and stabs his eyes out.
What does Oedipus claim must happen now that the truth is out?
He says he must be exiled from Thebes.
Who does Oedipus as Creon to watch over?
His daughters, Antigone and Ismene.
What is the terms in Greek tragedies for a hero's tragic mistake?
What is the most important element of a greek tragedy?
The plot, which is told in a cause-and-effect chain of reactions.
Who wrote Oedipus Rex?