The Oedipus Trilogy Oedipus the King, Lines 1,166 – 1,680 Questions and Answers

Sophocles

Oedipus the King, Lines 1,166 – 1,680 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. Why does Jocasta say that Oedipus is doomed and run from his sight?

2. When the queen runs off in obvious anguish, why does the Leader of the Chorus seem to have more empathy than Oedipus does?

3. Why is the Shepherd reluctant to answer the questions that Oedipus asks?

4. How does Oedipus react when the Shepherd reveals the truth?

5. How does the Chorus react to the truth the Shepherd reveals?

6. How does the Messenger from the palace preface his news when he announces that Jocasta has taken her own life?

7. How does the audience learn the details of Jocasta’s suicide?

8. Who takes down Jocasta’s body from the noose ?

9. Why does Oedipus blind himself?

10. How do the final pieces of the story fall into place?

Answers
1. Jocasta says that Oedipus is doomed and she runs from his sight because she has figured out the truth. He still doesn’t see how fate has shaped their lives.

2. The Leader of the Chorus seems to have more empathy than Oedipus does because he is not focused only on his own desires, as Oedipus is.

3. The Shepherd is reluctant to answer the questions that Oedipus asks because he is afraid that he will be killed if he speaks the awful truth.

4. When the Shepherd finally reveals the truth, Oedipus shouts that the light will soon go...

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