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  • Jocasta explains how everyone is feeling, prompting the audience to feel the same. Due to Oedipus' suffering, the viewers are influenced to be frightened with him.
  • "Now when we look to him we are all afraid. He's the captain of our ship and he is frightened"
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  • Jocasta is begging Oedipus to stop investigating his ancestry, for she believes it can only hurt him. This excerpt prominently shows Greek culture. They believed that there is no good in the truth when it cannot help you. "Oedipus Rex" reflects that belief throughout the entire story, including this passage.
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  • "I beg you- do not hunt this out- I beg you, if you have any care for your own life"
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  • As Oedipus talks to his wife Jocasta, he realizes his faults. At this point in the story, Oedipus believes the prophecy about him, and understands what consequences he may face. He also understands his past far better than he ever has.
  • "It is I who have cursed myself and pollute the bed of him I killed"
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