Oedipus the king questions
· Write and analysis of Oedipus’ first speech in the prologue. What aspects of his character are explored?
During the opening address in Oedipus the king, the reader is revealed multiple aspects of the main character’s personality and self-belief. He for example the play opens with the line “Oh my children”, and later refers to the place of prayer as his, saying” huddling at my alter.” This reveals to us the reader that not only is Oedipus the king, but he revers and cares for his subjects. Also however, it reveals that he is a slightly egotistical and a self-confident figure. This is a characteristic displayed throughout the prologue. This notion of self-belief and ego is on display again at line seven and eight, when he states “here I am myself- you all know me, the world knows my fame: I am Oedipus”. Another theme and characteristic of Oedipus the king this line reveals along with his confidence, is the idea of humanism and Oedipus’ humanist views. He elevates himself proclaiming that “you all know me, the world knows my fame” above the rank of men, towards the status of a god, and therefore defying the gods and the god Apollo who we later find out is responsible for the plague that has fallen upon Thebes.
· Write an analysis of Oedipus’ interaction with Tiresias. How would you describe Oedipus’ change in tone? What causes it? What things do we learn about his character?
During episode one and in particular the Agon between Oedipus and Tiresias, we are revealed many aspects into Oedipus’ character. To start with it is obvious that he is invested in his city and its people, and this is made abundantly clear through his outburst of anger when Tiresias would not comply and reveal the name of his father King Laius’ murderer. While Tiresias attempts to shield Oedipus from the shame of the truth, “when the truth is only pain to him who sees!” Tiresias page 176, and later on page 177 “and I will never reveal my dreadful secrets, not to say your own,” the dramatic irony being that the audience who Oedipus id the murderer of his father. This reveals another aspect of Oedipus’ character furthering his arrogance and blinded by his ambition of exiling the murderer he fails to understand Tiresias’ motives, describing him as “you scum of the earth, you’d enrage a heart of stone!” page 178 and later when Tiresias blatantly reveals the truth “you are the curse, the corruption of the land!” page 179. From that point on we lead into the Agon, in which Tiresias reveals to Oedipus details in to his life such as his parents, and the corruption of his house. Oedipus is shamed by Tiresias especially due to Tiresias insulting his intelligent, and resorts to blaming for Creon for Tiresias’ words, further revealing his arrogance and humanism, believing that he can solve the plague.
· Write an analysis of the themes explored in episode 2.
The main theme expressed in episode 2 is the battle between religion and prophecy, and chance....