Fate of Oedipus T-Chart - Choices and Consequences

Fate of Oedipus T-Chart - Choices and Consequences
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Cause and Effect in Literature

Teaching Cause and Effect

Lesson Plans by Rebecca Ray

A major part of any story are the cause and effect relationships that occur, especially during the conflict and rising action. Whether examining the effects on the protagonist, or on the plot itself, a significant element in understanding literature is the relationship between actions or events and their outcomes, including choices and consequences.
Oedipus Lesson Plans

Oedipus the King by Sophocles

Lesson Plans by Rebecca Ray

Oedipus is the most widely known of all Sophocles’ plays. This is primarily because of the psychological concept of the “Oedipal Complex” that Sigmund Freud named for the play’s protagonist, also know as an Oedipus Complex. It posits that all men subconsciously seek to kill their father and marry their mother. After hearing his prophesied fate was to kill his father and then marry is mother, Oedipus tried everything to ensure that this very thing did not happen. However, the very actions taken to avoid this fate led him to fulfill the prophecy.


Oedipus the King / Oedipus Rex

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Fate of Oedipus T-Chart - Choices and Consequences (for character development)

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  • CHOICE
  • CONSEQUENCE
  • King Laius tries to dispose of Oedipus once he hears the prophecy.
  • The servant he sent to abandon Oedipus could not do it. Instead, he was given to a passing herdsman, and was eventually adopted by the King and Queen of Corinth.
  • Oedipus hears a rumor that he might be adopted, so he goes to Delphi to find out. The oracle only tells him​ that he will kill his father and marry his mother.
  • Not knowing the truth, and still believing the King and Queen of Corinth to be his real parents, he leaves the city. At a crossroads, he meets King Laius. The two quarrel, and Oedipus kills him.
  • Oedipus arrives in Thebes to find it being terrorized by the Sphynx. It will only leave after its riddle is answered. Oedipus accepts the challenge, answers it correctly, and saves Thebes.
  • Finding that the Queen of Thebes, Jocasta, was recently widowed, Oedipus marries her to solidify his new leadership.
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