Oedipus the Wreck
Sitemap of Summary, Archive, and Questions for Oedipus the King
(Pages 1 - 9 have been recorded in Real Player.)
0. Objectives for using this web--for the summary and the archive
1. Background for reading the play: Oedipus' 2 problems and modern readers
2. Prologue: The people of Thebes turn to Oedipus to save them.
3. Parados: The Thebans pray to other gods to save them from the plague-bringer, Ares.
4. Tiresias: Oedipus seeks the truth (the murderer's identity) from the local prophet (seer), Tiresias [teh-REE-see-us]--and gets it.
5. Creon: Oedipus accuses Creon of conspiring with Teiresias to take the throne, and Jocasta, trying to soothe her husband, offers the first corroboration that he may really be the murderer.
6. The Messenger from Corinth: A messenger from Corinth notifies Oedipus that his father is dead and the throne of Corinth is his.
7. Recognition: The messenger confronts the herdsman.
8. Exodos: An eyewitness tells about Jocasta's suicide and Oedipus' blinding himself in humiliation and grief.
9. Considerations: Further thinking on the play toward a possible essay
11. Archives of forums on Oedipus the King
12. Forum Questions: Archives of the Original Questions for the 1998-2003 Forum
See also the triangle graph by Barbara McManus on the structure of the play and its "unity of action."