The Chorus never explicitly denounces Oedipus for ignoring the will of the gods and showing excessive pride. Instead, they speak in general about people who do these things. Why might this be?
This is a question of interpretation, but here are some possible discussion points: The Chorus is acting as citizens of Thebes, who would be unlikely to criticize the king so openly at this stage, before there is proof of his misdeeds. But the Chorus must also comment on the action of the play and the morality of what goes on, so they speak in generalities that are inherently true according to their society’s belief system.
Can you pinpoint particular lines in this section that...
Join Now to View Premium Content
GradeSaver provides access to 766 study guide PDFs and quizzes, 5099 literature essays, 1553 sample college application essays, 195 lesson plans, and ad-free surfing in this premium content, “Members Only” section of the site! Membership includes a 10% discount on all editing orders.