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Oedipus Rex Teaching Unit
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- How does Oedipus treat those who are reluctant to obey him throughout the play? What does this tell you about Oedipus’ character?
- In what ways is Oedipus a good king? In what ways is he a good person? How do these virtues result in negative consequences for Oedipus? How do they relate to the city of Thebes?
- Explain the function of the character Tiresias in the play. In what ways does his presence emphasize Oedipus’ failings? How is the blindness and/or vision of other characters significant within the play?
- What is the function of the god Apollo in the play? What role does Apollo play in Oedipus and his family members’ lives?
- Compare and contrast Creon’s and Oedipus’ characteristics and behavior. Separately examine their interactions early in the play and their final encounter.
- In what ways is Oedipus heroic? Point to specific instances in the play that demonstrate his heroism. In what ways does he fit the profile of a classic Greek tragic hero?
- What is Oedipus’ tragic flaw, if he has one at all? Why does this particular flaw result in his downfall?
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.