Oedipus the King Questions
Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.
- Discuss the conflict between fate and destiny on one hand and free will on the other. Which dominates? How does each character grapple with their limited free will?
- How does Oedipus see himself? How is this similar or different from how he is perceived by others?
- What function does off-stage action have in the Oedipus trilogy? Why, for example, does Sophocles sometimes have messengers describe actions that have occurred rather than portraying events directly?
- What are some examples of dramatic irony (when we know stuff the character doesn’t yet realize) in Oedipus the King?
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