Think Questions for Scene 1/ Ode 1

(13) 1. How does Oedipus respond to the chorus' prayers, laments and cries for revenge expressed in the Parados?

(13) 2. Is Oedipus' displaying hubris when he declares confidence in his ability to solve the problem himself? 

(13-14) 3. What is his plan? Will it work?

(14) 4. How does Oedipus respond to the shocking revelation that his wife once had another husband?

 (15) 5. Oedipus uses rational means to try to flush out the killer. What does the choragos think he should do instead? Was Oedipus ready for this request?

 (16) 6. Describe Teiresias. Discuss his role in The Odyssey. What else is he famous for in Greek Mythology? How can he say with confidence that there is 'no help in the truth'? 

 (16-17) 7. How would a typical Athenian have responded to Teiresias' declaration?

(17-18) 8. How does Oedipus respond, quite rationally, to Teiresias' refusal to tell what he knows? When does Oedipus start to lose his temper? 

 (19-20) 9. Describe Peripeteia #1. Does Oedipus respond rationally? What makes his behavior so ironic?

 (21-22) 10. What rational explanation for Teiresias' shocking accusation does Oedipus clutch at? Is his anger justified? 

(22-25) 11. Look at Teiresias' curse of Oedipus and then his prophecy of Oedipus' fate. What will Oedipus spend the rest of the play trying to do?

12. Has Oedipus done anything to deserve such a terrible fate?

(25-26)13. What is the chorus' response to these shocking allegations? 

(25-26) 14.What metaphors does the chorus use to describe the revenge they desire against the killer of Laius?

(25-26)15. What metaphor do they use to describe their bewilderment at Teiresias' wild accusation?

(25-26)16. How does the chorus justify their rejection of Teiresias' prophecy? Have they lost faith in Oedipus?