Oedipus Rex Questions and Answers
Discuss the theme of sight and blindness in Oedipus Rex, how it is important, and how it affects the idea of truth.
What are some examples of figurative language in the play Oedipus Rex? Will you please cite them and/or tell me where they are located in the book?
What are the inciting incident, exposition, rising action, falling action, resolution/denouement, and climax in Oedipus Rex by Sophocles?
Why does Teiresias hesitate to tell Oedipus the truth of his identity? What is the significance of Oedipus's slow coming awareness of that identity? The answer needs textual support, good analysis, focus, and organization.
Oedipus the King: What is the significance of the play’s title? What does it suggest about the author’s overall emphasis?
What is Oedipus's primary motivation throughout the play Oedipus Rex? What were his motives in action prior to the play? What characters try to dissuade him from pursing his purpose?
In Oedipus Rex, Oedipus gives a practical set of reasons why he should seek out the murderer. List one of these reasons.
Examine the significance of this quote from Oedipus Rex: "And none can be called happy until that day when he carries His happiness down to the grave in peace."
Explain what Tiresias means by his first statement to Oedipus. "How terrible to know/ when it does not help the knower."
When does Oedipus begin to think that he himself is the murderer? What details lead him to this conclusion in Oedipus Rex?
What is the function of the god Apollo in the play? What role does Apollo play in Oedipus’s and his family members’s lives?
How would you describe Teiresias's attitude torward fate in Oedipus Rex? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.
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