Oedipus the King, Lines 526 – 1,165 Questions and Answers
1. Who does the Chorus seek in the first long speech of this section?
2. What are the family relationships of Creon, Oedipus and Jocasta?
3. How does Creon react to the charges Oedipus has made against him?
4. Why does Oedipus spare Creon’s life?
5. How does Creon react to being spared?
6. What is the family relationship of Jocasta, Laius and Oedipus?
7. How does Jocasta view prophecy, fate and the gods?
8. What news does the Messenger from Corinth bring?
9. What are the unexpected effects of this news?
10. Why does Jocasta beg Oedipus to stop his search for the shepherd the Messenger mentions
1. The doomed man the Chorus seeks is the man who killed Laius. That man is Oedipus, but the Chorus doesn’t believe that yet.
2. Creon is Jocasta’s brother, which makes him the brother-in-law of Oedipus. He later finds out that he is also the uncle of Oedipus when he finds out that Oedipus is Jocasta’s son.
3. Creon reacts to the charges Oedipus has made against him by arguing that it is not only bad and wrong to plot against a king, but that it doesn’t make sense for a hanger-on at the palace to give up an easy life for the burden of wearing the crown.
4. Oedipus spares Creon’s life because he is shamed by the Chorus and by Jocasta.
(The entire section is 418 words.)