Oedipus the King
The Chorus Timeline and Summary
- Note: Although they pipe up only once in a while, the Chorus is present throughout the play as an observer.
- At the start of Oedipus the King, the Chorus, using the Strophe-Antistrophe dichotomy, recounts the multiple problems the city faces under the curse including infertility, plague, and famine. They beg for help.
- The Chorus informs Oedipus that they know nothing and suggests that Oedipus ask the blind prophet Teiresias for his knowledge.
- The Chorus tells Oedipus and Creon to stop arguing.
- After Oedipus and Creon leave, the Chorus talks about their fight.
- Jocasta and the Chorus urge Oedipus to listen to Creon when he says he did not frame Oedipus for the murder of Laius.
- The Chorus pleads with the Gods for mercy as Oedipus’s identity unfolds.
- After Oedipus pieces things together and realizes what he’s done, the Chorus laments the tragedy.
- Oedipus asks the Chorus to help send him out of Thebes or kill him.