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Transcript of Oedipus Rex
The Limits of Free Will
The Willingness to Ignore the Truth
The Power of Unwritten Law
Shame and Guilt
Oedipus - The protagonist of Oedipus the King and Oedipus at Colonus. Oedipus becomes king of Thebes before the action of Oedipus the King begins. He is renowned for his intelligence and his ability to solve riddles- he save the city of Thebes and was made its king by solving the riddle of the Sphinx, the supernatural being that had held the city captive.
Oedipus's swollen foot
Oedipus's wife and mother, and Creon's sister. Jocasta appears only in the final scenes of Oedipus the King. In her first words, she attempts to make peace between Oedipus and Creon, pleading with Oedipus not to banish Creon.
Oedipus's brother-in-law, Creon appears more than any other character in three plays combined. In him more than anyone else can see the gradual r and fall of one man's power.
The blind soothsayer of Thebes, appears in both Oedipus the King and Antigone. The literal blindness of the soothsayer points to the metaphorical blindness of those who refuse to believe the truth about themselves when they hear it spoken.
Sight and Blindness
Graves and tombs
Son of Oedipus, and thus also his brother. Polynices appears only very briefly in Oedipus at Colonus. He arrives at Colonus seeking his father's blessing in his battle with his brother Eteocles, for power in Thebes.
Creon's son, who appears only in Antigone. Haemon is engaged to marry Antigone. Motivated by his love for her, he argues with Creon about the latter's decision to punish her.
Oedipus's daughter Ismene appears at the end of Oedipus the King and to a limited extent of Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone. Ismene's minor part underscores her sister's grandeur and courage.
Sometimes comically obtuse or fickle, sometimes perceptive, sometimes melodramatic, the Chorus reacts to the events onstage. The Chorus's reactions can be lessons in how the audience should interpret what it is seeing, or how it should not interpret what it is seeing
Biligan, Dador, Garcia, Lumanlan,
Magararu, Morecho, Sarmiento