· in the dark about his truth and

·      The chorus, Oedipus, and the
audience are all on the same page throughout the story because there is no
sense of dramatic irony.


·      Although the chorus is a group of
people, it speaks as if it were a single person

·      The chorus reflects the sensitive
emotions that Oedipus is concealing from his people

·      Oedipus demonstrates the confidence
and pride he has for himself, which the chorus encourages

·      Irony – Chorus: “you demand of me a
thing unknown” pg.8

·      The chorus foreshadows Oedipus’ fate

·      It prays the to the gods, especially
to Apollo, to exterminate the poisonous source responsible for infecting the
nation with the plague – focus on the divine – a reminder of their value

·      Irony – Oedipus: “I speak as one who
is stranger to the story” pg.9

·      the ironic concept of Oedipus viewing
himself and the rest of the population viewing him as omnipotent/all-knowing
while Oedipus is rather completely in the dark about his truth and the fact
that he is Lais’ murderer

·      Oedipus speaks about the importance
of how family honour is highly valued in his household, while his family and
the palace as a whole is filled with chaos

·      Oedipus: “I have his bed and his
wife – she would have borne his children, if his hopes to have a son had not
been disappointed. / Children from a common mother might have linked Laius and
myself” pg.11

·      The Chorus leaders are encouraging
Oedipus to avoid confronting his anger and personal frustration towards the
subject with Teiresias and instead to calmly follow Apollo’s instructions

·      The Chorus is completely in the
favour of Oedipus, investing all faith in him – expecting the best from him –
impressed by him

·      The also act in his best interests–
try to prevent him as well as they can from making regretful mistakes

·      in the middle of the play, the
chorus begins to agree less and less with Oedipus’ actions and decisions – they
begin to doubt his initial beliefs due to Teiresias’ strong claim and start to
suspect him as Laius’ murderer