Oedipus Rex Storyboard

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  • In this passage, the priest is looking to Oedipus to save their city once again, as opposed to asking any gods. This shows his noble disposition, and how trusted and looked upon for help Oedipus is in the beginning of the story.
  • "Oedipus, greatest in all men's eyes, we pray, find some strength again and rescue our city" (1).
  • Creon, Oedipus' brother-in-law, is pointing out out his greatest flaw; his temper. At that time, Oedipus was accusing Creon of misleading him to become King, driven by his uncontrolled anger. If Oedipus' wife had not interfered, his temper may have encouraged him to kill Creon.
  • "Your temper is your own worst enemy" (5).
  • 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" (6).
  • At this part of the tragedy, 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" (7).
  • In this passage, 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.
  • "I beg you- do not hunt this out- I beg you, if you have any care for your own life" (8).
  • At the very end of this tragedy, the chorus ends by talking about how at one point Oedipus' rise and fall. At first he had wealth and power because he solved the riddle, but then he lost everything due to a prophecy.
  • "Behold Oedipus, he who knew the famous riddle and rose to greatness… See him now and see how the waves of disaster have swallowed him (10).
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