Ch 1: Understanding Oedipus Rex

About This Chapter

The Understanding ''Oedipus Rex'' chapter of this ''Oedipus Rex'' Study Guide course is the most efficient way to understand key contextual and literary elements of the play. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the context and subtextual aspects of the play.

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Anyone who needs help learning about and/or analyzing Oedipus Rex will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to review important contextual and literary facets of the play. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in their analyzing of Oedipus Rex
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning literature (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

How It Works:

  • Complete each lesson in the chapter to review all key topics.
  • Refer to the lesson to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the Understanding Oedipus Rex practice exam.

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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the contextual and literary qualities of Oedipus Rex for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • Key quotes from the play, including those related to fate and hubris
  • The element of foreshadowing
  • A biography of Sophocles
  • An analysis of the play's theme
  • The time period that Oedipus Rex takes place in
  • The presence of prophecy in the play
  • Examining Oedipus' punishment
  • Important vocabulary used in the play

11 Lessons in Chapter 1: Understanding Oedipus Rex
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Sophocles: Biography & Plays

1. Sophocles: Biography & Plays

Learn about the playwright Sophocles, one of the three great innovators of Greek tragedies. Explore his success as a playwright and general, and delve into one of his most famous plays.

Oedipus Rex by Sophocles: Summary, Theme & Analysis

2. Oedipus Rex by Sophocles: Summary, Theme & Analysis

Learn all about the Sophocles play 'Oedipus Rex', the story of a man who killed his father and married his mother. This lesson summarizes and analyzes the play, as well as examines its theme.

Oedipus Rex Time Period

3. Oedipus Rex Time Period

Sophocles' ''Oedipus Rex'' was written around 429 BCE, during the height of Ancient Greece's political and cultural power. However, the story it tells looks into the past, to Greece's legendary beginnings.

Prophecy in Oedipus Rex

4. Prophecy in Oedipus Rex

This lesson looks at prophecy in 'Oedipus Rex', a Greek tragedy written by Sophocles. Find out how King Oedipus's efforts to avoid having several chilling prophecies come true lead to death and ruin in this classic play.

Oedipus' Punishment

5. Oedipus' Punishment

In this lesson, we'll explore Oedipus' punishment and read various descriptions of his crime to determine whether or not the harsh punishment was deserved. Learn what hubris is and what it means for Greek drama.

Fate Quotes in Oedipus Rex

6. Fate Quotes in Oedipus Rex

This lesson talks about fate in the Greek play 'Oedipus Rex' by Sophocles. In particular, there are three quotes about fate and the Fates from the play that the lesson discusses.

Hubris Quotes in Oedipus Rex

7. Hubris Quotes in Oedipus Rex

In this lesson, we define hubris and give selected quotes that demonstrate the role of hubris in 'Oedipus Rex.' Quotes are taken from Oedipus' dialogue, from the Chorus, and from advisors who warn Oedipus against being prideful.

Oedipus Rex Vocabulary

8. Oedipus Rex Vocabulary

In this lesson, we will look at some vocabulary used in Sophocles' play Oedipus Rex. Because the play is over two thousand years old, it can be challenging. However, by defining some of the uncommon words used, we can still enjoy the story.

Quotes from Oedipus Rex

9. Quotes from Oedipus Rex

'Oedipus Rex' is a tragedy written by the ancient Greek playwright Sophocles. In this lesson we'll identify and analyze some of the most important quotes from the play.

Foreshadowing in Oedipus the King

10. Foreshadowing in Oedipus the King

Have you ever re-watched a film or re-read a story, noticed a hint towards the story's shocking twist, and thought to yourself, ~'I should have known~'? Those hints are known as foreshadowing. This lesson will discuss the central role of foreshadowing in 'Oedipus the King' by Sophocles. We will discuss how Sophocles uses foreshadowing through the prophet Tiresias, the oracle at Delphi, and the meaning of Oedipus' name.

Oedipus Rex Vocabulary Flashcards

Oedipus Rex Vocabulary Flashcards

'Oedipus Rex' was written around 430 BCE in Ancient Greek. As contemporary readers read translations, they are likely to come across many unfamiliar words. This set of flashcards is designed to review some of the more challenging words found in this famous Greek tragedy.

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