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Oedipus the King

Oedipus the King

by Sophocles

Oedipus the King Questions

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  1. 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?
  2. How does Oedipus see himself? How is this similar or different from how he is perceived by others?
  3. 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?
  4. 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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