Oedipus the King Terms and Concepts Overview (Literary Terms (Exposition…
Oedipus the King Terms and Concepts Overview
Fate VS Free Will
The gods have condemned Oedipus to his fate but Oedipus believes he can control his fate.
Guilt and Shame
Oedipus killed his father and married his mother unknowingly, which he felt really guilty at last. He regretted for killing his dad on the way.
Sight VS Blindness
Oedipus's vision and intelligence have made him a great king of Thebes—he solved the riddle of the Sphinx and revitalized the city. But he is blind to the truth about his own life.
Finding out the Truth
Oedipus swears he will find the murderer.Every step of the way, people are reluctant to speak and try to tell him that it would be better if the past were left alone.
authors use to keep their readers’ interest alive throughout the work. It is a feeling of anticipation that something risky or dangerous is about to happen.
a series of relevant incidents that create suspense, interest, and tension in a narrative.
Same as suspense
pleasurable excitement and anticipation regarding an outcome, such as the ending of a mystery novel
extreme pride and arrogance shown by a character, which ultimately brings about his downfall.Hubris is a typical flaw in the personality of a character who enjoys a powerful position; as a result of which, he overestimates his capabilities to such an extent that he loses contact with reality.
personal error in a protagonist’s personality, which brings about his tragic downfall in a tragedy.
The character in the play is unaware of an event or truth but other character or the audience are.
a lexical set of semantically related items, for example verbs of perception.
A king of Athens Protagonists
Mother + Wife of Oedipus
Brother of Jocasta
Blind Prophet who said that Oedipus would kill his father and marry his mother
The messanger from Corinth informs Oedipus that King Polybus and Queen Merope of Corinth were not his actual parent.
Eyewitness to the death of King Laius
Ismene and Antigone
Daughter of Oedipus and half-sister of Oedipus.