Sheenah Jene Thompson Take Home Exam for Oedipus Rex
(1) Fate - final outcome. Oedipus’ fate was for him to kill his
(2) Free will- the freedom of having determination.
(3) Hubris- pride. Oedipus had hubris because he was quick tempered
(4) Filial respect-
(5) Oracle- place gods give truth. When Oedipus was born, the
oracle said he would kill his father, King Laios.
(6) Impious actions- non religious actions. Oedipus nor Iocaste
believed in God or any religious actions.
(7) Compunction- uneasiness due to guilt; hesitation.
(8) Clairvoyant- able to see the future. Teiresias, the prophet
could be able to see the future.
(9) Malediction- a curse.
(10) Blasphemy- cursing
(1) Delphi is a significant place in the play because here Oedipus
went to the shrine at Delphi, and asked the God about him being Polybos’
(2) Corinth is a significant place in the play because this was where
Oedipus grew up with his foster parents King Polybos and Queen Merope’.
(3) Thebes is a significant place in the play because this was where
King Laios had ruled, and now Oedipus ruled as King.
(4) Kithairon is a significant place in the play because this was where
the messenger of Corinth saved Oedipus. Here the messenger cut the
bonds that tied Oedipus’ ankles together.
(5) Iocaste’s bed is a significant place in the play because in her
bed she conceived her son Oedipus, and she conceived Oedipus and her children
together in the same bed.
Part III: Letter (g)
In the play Oedipus by Sophocles, the character Teiresias is a
significant part of how the play unfolds. Teiresias is the student
of mysteries as Oedipus calls him, and he holds the Secrets of Heaven and
the Secrets of the earth.
In Scene I of the play, Oedipus has Creon send for Teiresias
so that he can foretell the truth about how the city of Thebes can be saved.
Oedipus also asks of Teiresias to identify those who murdered King Laios.
However, Teiresias knows of everything for he’s a prophet, and withholds
the truth about Oedipus. Oedipus insists on Teiresias telling him
the truth about whom had murdered King Laios for Oedipus thinks that the
murderers were “highway marauders”. But Teiresias knows it was Oedipus
who murdered King Laios single handedly, and he knows that Oedipus married
his own mother. This was what the prophecies spoke of. Teiresias
knows Oedipus is ignorant, and will not tell him the truth about whom he
really is, or who he will become. Teiresias knows the Gods determine
the fate of people- Oedipus. In a way Teiresias determines Oedipus’
fate because he knows all about Oedipus, what he has done, and what Oedipus
will discover about himself later on in the play. He also kind of
teases Oedipus, and leaves it up to Oedipus to bear his own fate.
Teiresias knows Oedius wasn’t rash when he did killed King Laios and his
servants on his way to Thebes. In this, Oedipus wants to persist
on getting to the bottom of the truth or else he won’t be able to live
Part IV: (g) Laios and Iocaste when they hear the horrible
prophecy of their baby’s future.
King Laios and Queen Iocaste are in the castle discussing how are they
going to change the prophecy that they have heard about their baby son,
Laios: We have heard some horrible news my Queen.
Iocaste: My dear, what shall we do!
Laios: I don’t understand how this could be foretold to us.
Iocaste: By the Gods, what have we committed in the past to deserve
Laios: I do not know but we have to do something about it.
Iocaste: But what?
Laios: We must go to the shrine of Delphi immediately before it
is too late.
Iocaste: Are you sure that is wise- is it necessary?
Laios: Anything now is necessary. (Oedipus and Iocaste exit
the castle and head towards the shrine of Delphi with their son Oedipus.)
Laios: Here I am on my knees begging to the Gods to reverse the
oracle you have placed upon my family. Please, tell us what we have
done to deserve this, for we do not know of any wrong doings. My
Queen and I will make amends for anything we have committed in the past.
My only child, my only son is going to kill me and marry my wife!
Iocaste: I don’t think the Gods are going to answer us.
Laois: They will! They must! I will not die by the
hands of my infant son!
Iocaste: Laios, the oracle said that the child would kill you,
and marry me.
The best thing for us to do is to send him away.
Laios: Possibly, but he might remember where he came from, and
come back to where we are. He might come back to kill me!
Iocaste: Then we shall keep in the dungeon for the rest of his
life without light, without sunshine.
Laois: Are you sure about this?
Iocaste: It is the only way my King.
In the play Oedipus Rex, By Sophocles, the prophecy
has an important effect on Oedipus’s destiny. This effect is
shown by three primary causes: His ignorance, his quick temper,
and his fatal flaw. Each of these causes will be supported
by examples from the text that will prove that they have an effect on Oedipus’s
Oedipus’ ignorance of Oedipus’ quick temper caused Oedipus’
causes him to believe him to not receive the truth
was that he wanted to
that Creon is his ene about who murdered King get
to the bottom of
my,that Creon is try- Laios from the prophet the
truth. In doing
ing to kill him, and Teiresias. That,
he makes false
take over his throne accusations.
The effect of these primary causes are Oedipus finding out who he really
Marrying and conceiving children with his own mother
Trying to runaway from his fate/destiny.
1. Go to English 7 Home Page to get information
about Greek tragedy and tragic hero. Navigate the web to find another site
about the the Greek tragedies and tragic heroes . Take note while navigating
the site. Give a full written report about your new understanding of the
Greek tragedies and tragic heroes. Make sure to link the site where you
found your information to your web page.
The web sites I came upon while navigating the web were discussing
Greek trahic heros such as Plato. Plato left Attica and spent twelve
years in travel studying geometry, geology, astronomy, and religious matters.
Plato's writings were divided into three broad groups. The first
group was known as "Socratic" dialogue because it remained relatively close
to what Socrates taught. At forty, Plato founded the Academy, which
he named after the Attica hero Academus. Plato's Academt was famed
for its modrate eating and talking as well as the appropriate sacrifices
ans religious observances. The last years of Plato's life were called
"later" dialogues. His traveling years were known as the "middle"
*There are many scenes missing in Oedipus. Create a imaginary monologue
or dialogue to add to the play. Make sure to let the reader know where
in the play the dilogue or the mologue could fit in.
This dialogue takes place in Scene II.
2. After studying the play, write an essay to debate over whether
one's fate or character determines a person's life in a dilogue form; or
whether one should be judged by Greek law or Roman law. Make sure to convince
your readers with evidence form the play and also examples from real life.
You should link all your references to your page (essential!)
In my opinion one's fate or character does determine a person's life.
A person, if in a situation that has made that person become pulled into
something that can hurt themselves or others, then they have to deal with
it. In that sense they have created their own fate because they have
let their self get caught up in a situation without trying to change it.
In Greek mythology, the people of that time believed that the God's determine
one's fate as in the play Oedipus. Oedipus wasn't rash when he did
the killing of King Laois ans his servants on his way to Thebes.
In the play Oedipus wants to get to the bottom of the truth, or else he
won't be able to forgive himself. In some ways more than others people
have the ability to determine their fate or character to reassure themselves
that they are doing something right, and that they are trying to make up
for their downfalls. That is similar to what Oedipus was trying to
do in the play. He was trying to get to the truth of who his parents
were, and who he was as a person. When he questioned the prophet
he was ashamed fo the things he had done.(Marrying his mother, conceiving
children with his mother, and killling his father)
3.Identify a theme that you are most interested in of the play,
and describe it. Then find another work (poem, story, essay, play etc.)
that shares the same theme. Find out how the same theme is
explored in this particular work you found. Write a short analysis. Link
the work to your web site.
A theme that I am most interested in of the play Oedipus is the tragedy
of his fate. To make it brief, Oedipus is the King of Thebes but thinks
his parents are the King and Queen of Corinth where he thought hewas born.
Now, Oedipus asks the prophet to identify those who murdered King Laois,
who was the King of Thebe before Oedipus. Oedipus pressures the prophet
to tell him who murderd King Laois and finally the prophet trels Oedipus
who he really is. In telling Oedipus these things, Oedipus realizes that
he killed his father, King Laois and married and conceived children with
his mother Iocaste. This as you may know is a tragedy in the making.
He has given into his own fate in that he insisted on the prophet telling
him who he was, which made him see the light from the darkness. In
Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo created his fatal flaw in that he was exiled
from his village for killing a dead man's son. His pride of being
demoted to a place where he had no prominence, except in the village that
exiled him, made him a bitter man. After his exile, Okonkwo didn't
like what the village where had lived had become. The village had
permitted white missionaries to come and teach them about God and god's
ways. In these teachings, Okonkwo's son was drawn to it and joined
the missionaries. Okonkwo wasn't happy with this at all, and at the
end of the novel he kills himself because he couldn't handle the villagers
disliking him, his son becoing a missionary, and not being recognized anymore
in the village by the villagers.
4. Compare Oedipus to Things Fall Apart or The Jungle and discuss
how each work presents tragedy and tragic hero differently.
5. If you were asked to choose one thing you have learned from the
play and apply it to your life, what would it be? Why?
If I had to choose one thing that I have learned from the play and
apply it to my life is that people can determine their own destiny and
fate. For example, if I were to decide to cut school with a group
of friends one day, knowing that it was wrong and I coulds be caught by
truancy police officers, I myself could make the decision to go or not
to go because I have the will-power to say "No, I don't think so guys."
Later on that day if my friends tell me that they did cut school and theywere
caught bu truancy police officers, I would feel pretty good that I made
the decision not to cut school, because I determined my fate for the rest
of that day to stay in school.