SOPHOCLES: OEDIPUS REX -- A SYNOPSIS                  158

PROLOGUE

PARODOS
Chorus asks various gods for help against plague

 EPISODE 1

STASIMON 1
Chorus wonders who murderer is.

They decide Oedipus cannot be guilty, at least until he is proved so.

EPISODE 2 

Jocasta "disproves" reliability of divination :

  1.      it was prophesied Laius would be killed by his son, but
  2.     his son was exposed (and "died”) when a baby, and
  3.    Laius was killed by robbers at a crossroads .

STASIMON 2 
Chorus warns of dangers of arrogance.

They worry about fallibility of Apollo

EPISODE 3

STASIMON 3
Chorus wonder about Oedipus’ birth: is he a child of a god or a mountain?

EPISODE 4

STASIMON 4
Chorus reflect on fall of Oedipus, and frailty of human happiness.

EPISODE 5

KOMMOS
Chorus and Oedipus swap moans about the situation.

 EXODOS

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