Day 3

Oedipus Rex or Oedipus the King Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    Why does Oedipus not admit that he has any doubts about his origins or Tiresias’ prophecy until his conversation with Jocasta?

    Possible Answers:

    Oedipus does not trust Creon or Tiresias in the same way that he trusts his wife, and so her revelation about the circumstances of Laius’ death sways Oedipus in a way that the words of the other men could not.

    Oedipus had already consulted an oracle long ago, after learning that he was “illegitimate,” and he was in too much shock upon hearing Tiresias’ prophecy, which lined up with the one he already knew.

    Oedipus did not want to appear weak in front of his subjects.

  2. 2

    Many characters talk about “insanity” or being “insane” in this...

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