The Oedipus Trilogy Oedipus at Colonus Lines 1,193 – 1,645 Questions and Answers

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Oedipus at Colonus Lines 1,193 – 1,645 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. How does Theseus win back Ismene and Antigone?

2. How does Oedipus react when he is reunited with his daughters?

3. What promise does Theseus reaffirm to the family after the reunion?

4. Why does Polynices want to see his father?

5. How does Polynices begin the dialogue with his father?

6. How does Antigone feel about the visit from Polynices?

7. Oedipus reacts to Polynices how?

8. What happens between Oedipus and Polynices as their conversation continues?

9. What curse does Oedipus repeat to Polynices?

10. What promise does Polynices wrest from Antigone?

Answers
1. Theseus wins back Ismene and Antigone by chasing down their captors. He declines to boast of the details.

2. Oedipus reacts with joy and gratitude when he is reunited with his daughters.

3. After the reunion, Theseus reaffirms his promise of protection.

4. Polynices wants to see his father so that the old man’s powers will guarantee him victory.

5. Polynices begins the dialogue with his father as a contrite son seeking forgiveness and hoping to set right all the wrongs of the past.

6. When Polynices arrives, Antigone is optimistic and she is willing to forgive her brother. She urges Oedipus to listen to what Polynices wants to say.

7. Oedipus reacts to Polynices with anger and mistrust.

8. As the conversation between Oedipus and Polynices continues, the son reveals his true purpose for coming and the father becomes even more angry.

9. Oedipus repeats to Polynices an old curse, which is that the two brothers will kill each other in battle.

10. Polynices wrests from Antigone the promise of a decent burial, no matter what happens. This does not bode well for Antigone.