Graphic Organizer for King Oedipus

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Graphic Organizer for King Oedipus Act 1

|Column 1—complete each section of the graphic organizer as you are reading or as |Column 2—complete this section after completing |

|soon as you finish the specified section. |the day’s reading. |

|The Prologue. As you read this section, stop periodically and reflect on what | |

|you’ve read, then record any ideas or topics that seem to be repeated using |You are the master of time, space, and dimension.|

|different words and images. |Using what you’ve just read and your experience |

| |and knowledge of other people in leadership |

| |positions, decide whether you want to fire |

| |Oedipus or keep him on as king for the time |

| |being. Make sure you back up your decision with |

| |evidence. |

|Parados (30-31) After finishing the parados, reflect on the chorus. What seems to| |

|be its function? Is this what you expect from a chorus? What, if anything, seems | |

|strange? | |

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|Scene One (25-38). In one sentence, summarize the conversation between Oedipus | |

|and the leader of the chorus, Choragos. | |

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|What seems ironic about Teiresias’s blindness? | |

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|Which of the ideas and topics you listed for the prologue reappear in scene one? | |

|Make an educated guess or two (reasoned judgments) about why or how these ideas | |

|and topics may be important? | |

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|Page 39 Describe what the chorus seems to be doing here. Does it seem to fit with| |

|your reflections from the parados? | |

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parodos: the first ode the chorus sings as it enters the orchestra

Scene 2 P. 39-49

|Column 1—complete each section of the graphic organizer as you are reading or as |Column 2—complete this section after completing |

|soon as you finish the specified section. |the day’s reading. |

|As you read this section, stop periodically and reflect on what you’ve read, then|[pic] |

|record any ideas or topics that seem to be repeated using different words and | |

|images. |Explain, with reference to the play, the |

| |significance of this image. |

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|Chorus and Creon-why is Creon so upset and how does the chorus respond? | |

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|Scene Two In one sentence, summarize the conversation between Oedipus and Creon. | |

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|What information did the oracle give to Jocasta? What does she now believe of | |

|prophesies? | |

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|P. 46 Oedipus begins to recognize his dilemma. Write the quote that reveals this.| |

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|p. 47-49 What does the audience learn of Oedipus’ own prophesy? | |

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|p. 49-50 Chorus-What flaw does the chorus feel Oedipus has? What has become of | |

|mankind? | |

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Scene 3 Pages 49-68

|Column 1—complete each section of the graphic organizer as you are reading or as |Column 2—complete this section after completing |

|soon as you finish the specified section. |the day’s reading. |

|As you read this section, stop periodically and reflect on what you’ve read, then| |

|record any ideas or topics that seem to be repeated using different words and |Discuss the irony of Oedipus’ blindness at the |

|images. |end of the play. How does this connect to |

| |Teiresias? What do you think Sophocles is trying |

| |to tell the audience? |

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|P. 51 What good news does the messenger bring for Oedipus? Why does it seem | |

|doubly blessed? | |

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|What does the messenger reveal about Oedipus’ birth? | |

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|P. 55 Jocasta says, “Doomed man! O never live to learn the truth!” | |

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|What does Jocasta realize? | |

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|How does Oedipus interpret her fears? | |

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|What does the shepherd reveal about Oedipus? | |

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|Describe the role of the chorus on page 59. What is its purpose? | |

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|What is the fate of Jocasta? | |

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|What is the fate of Oedipus? | |

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|The chorus’ last lines: “Then learn that mortal man must always look to his | |

|ending/and none can be called happy until that day when he carries his happiness | |

|down to the grave in peace” reveals the theme of the play. Explain. | |

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Source: Georgia Department of Education

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