Oedipus Anticipation Guide

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What makes something tragic?
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What makes someone a hero?
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Oedipus the King Anticipation Guide
Directions: Please read each of the following statements below carefully. Then rate each statement 1-5 by writing the
number that best represents your feelings or opinions on these issues. 1= strongly disagree, 2= disagree, 3= neutral, 4=
agree, and 5= strongly agree. Since these are your opinions, there are no right or wrong answers. Be prepared to
explain your answers.

1. It is possible to escape or trick fate.

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2. If we truly know ourselves, nothing bad will ever happen to us.

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3. We should not feel obligated to justify our actions, good or bad.

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4. Family secrets are best kept as just that – secrets.

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5. If you are in charge, you are allowed to be exempt from consequences.

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6. We should engage ourselves in bettering our community, even if it is ourselves that we must change.

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7. Good leaders place blame on those around them than on themselves to maintain authority.

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8. There is no such thing as coincidence. Fate determines all.

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The Background Story of Oedipus the King
Directions: Read the background story of the play and list seven important facts that you think you may need to
know to fully appreciate Oedipus the King.


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Choose the fact you think is most important and explain why you think it is the most important.




Thematic Focus in Oedipus the King
Directions: For each fact listed below, find four quotations from the stories to prove the fact. Afterwards, analyze
the quotation by following the prompt below.

Fact 1: Oedipus displays hubris.

Quotation 1:



Analysis: Explain how this quote shows that Oedipus presents hubris:



Quotation 2:




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Analysis: Explain how this quote shows that Oedipus presents hubris:



Quotation 3:



Analysis: Explain how this quote shows that Oedipus presents hubris:



Quotation 4:



Analysis: Explain how this quote shows that Oedipus presents hubris:



Fact 2: Fate controls Oedipus’ life.

Quotation 1:



Analysis: Explain how this quote shows that fate control’s Oedipus’ life:



Quotation 2:



Analysis: Explain how this quote shows that fate control’s Oedipus’ life:



Quotation 3:



Analysis: Explain how this quote shows that fate control’s Oedipus’ life:



Quotation 4:



Analysis: Explain how this quote shows that fate control’s Oedipus’ life:



Fact 3: Oedipus is essentially good.

Quotation 1:

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Analysis: Explain how this quote shows that Oedipus is essentially good:



Quotation 2:



Analysis: Explain how this quote shows that Oedipus is essentially good:



Quotation 3:



Analysis: Explain how this quote shows that Oedipus is essentially good:



Quotation 4:



Analysis: Explain how this quote shows that Oedipus is essentially good:



Fact 4: Oedipus struggles to solve his problems.

Quotation 1:



Analysis: Explain how this quote shows that Oedipus struggles to solve his problems:




Quotation 2:



Analysis: Explain how this quote shows that Oedipus struggles to solve his problems:




Quotation 3:



Analysis: Explain how this quote shows that Oedipus struggles to solve his problems:

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Quotation 4:



Analysis: Explain how this quote shows that Oedipus struggles to solve his problems:




Fact 5: Oedipus suffers more than he deserves.

Quotation 1:



Analysis: Explain how this quote shows that Oedipus suffers more than he deserves:




Quotation 2:



Analysis: Explain how this quote shows that Oedipus suffers more than he deserves:




Quotation 3:



Analysis: Explain how this quote shows that Oedipus suffers more than he deserves:




Quotation 4:



Analysis: Explain how this quote shows that Oedipus suffers more than he deserves:




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Journal Entries for Oedipus the King
Directions: At the end of this unit, ALL of these entries should be complete. If you miss class time, be sure to
complete the entries!

Entry 1A
Date:
Solve the riddle: What goes on four legs in the morning, on two legs at noon, and on three legs in the evening?



Entry 1B
Date:
Do you believe in fate? If so, do you find it upsetting that you don’t have complete control over your own future?




Entry 2
Date:
Have one ever been accused of something you didn’t do? Explain the situation – did the person or people accusing you
have evidence to support their claim? How did the false accusation make you feel? Angry? Sad?




Explain the connection this journal entry has to the play:




Entry 3
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Date:
Have you ever been so angry you were about to lose control of yourself? When this has happened in the past, is there
someone who was able to calm you down? Explain a situation where you nearly lost control and this person settled
you down? How should a person go about calming another person when they’re upset?




Explain the connection this journal entry has to the play:




Entry 4
Date:
Is it okay to lie to someone in order to protect them? Is the truth more important than a person’s safety or well-being?
Have you ever tried to protect someone by lying to them? Explain the situation and justify yourself.




Explain the connection this journal entry has to the play:




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Youtube Clip Relating to Oedipus the King
Directions: After we watch a youtube clip in class, you will record the following information in the space provided.
As you listen, you should write down as many key words as possible. You must also try to capture a key phrase or
sentence.

Clip # 1: Vegetable Oedipus.
 Key Words:




Key Sentence:



Your response to the Clip:




Explain how this clip is relevant to the story.




Turn and Talk notes (what did your partner think about this clip):




Study Guide for Oedipus the King
Directions: Answer the questions below.

Study guide questions for pages 1 – 50
1. On page 15, what does Oedipus ask the people of Thebes to do? What does he want to know?




2. What four punishments does Oedipus declare upon the murderer of Laius?
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3. Who is Tiresias and what does he reveal to Oedipus?




4. How does Oedipus’ opinion of Tiresias change after their exchange?




5. How would you react if you were accused of what Oedipus was accused of?




6. What accusations does Oedipus make toward Creon?




Study guide questions for pages 50 – 59
1. What does the Corinthian Messenger tell Oedipus? Why is this important?




2. What do Jocasta and Oedipus think about the prophesies of the gods?




3. Who is the Corinthian messenger really? What does he know about Oedipus?




Study guide questions for pages 60 – 73
1. What is Jocasta’s advice to Oedipus? Does he take it? What would you have done if you were Oedipus?




2. What does Oedipus think about “giving up the search?” What does this say about him as a character?




3. What does Oedipus finally realize on page 69?


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4. What happens to Jocasta? How does Oedipus react to this?




Study guide questions for pages 74 – 83
1. Who pokes out Oedipus’ eyes? Why? How does this tie into the theme of truth in this play?




2. How does Oedipus justify his punishment? Do you agree?




3. What kind of person is Creon? Why do you think this?




4. What ultimately happens to Oedipus? Part of the definition of a tragic hero is that they struggle more than they
   deserve. Do you think this is true of Oedipus?




Oedipus Writing Assignment
Write one page (double spaced, size 12 font, Times New Roman) explaining how a person you know (or know of) could
be described as a tragic hero. This person could be someone you know personally, a character or person you've seen
on TV or read about in a book; you can even make up you own character for this assignment.

Here are Aristotle's Characteristics of a Tragic Hero:

1. Of noble birth.

2. Essentially good.

3. Has a tragic flaw.

4. Struggles to solve his or her problem.

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5. Suffers more than he or she deserves.




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