Sophocles 'Oedipus the King'

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CLA232 Men, Gods, BeastsWednesday January 19th 2011
Sophocles Oedipus the King
๎€Oedipus wants answers
๎€The first question he asks is the cause of the plagueโ€ฆ asks the Gods through the
oracle at Delphi
๎€Sends his brother-in-law Creon to ask
๎€The answer: there is a pollution in the land and a murderer
๎€Greek belief that if your murdered someone pollution would spread until the
murderer is caught
๎€Lose track of the murderer because they were distracted by the sphinx
๎€One of the things this play does it stage a kind of court case
๎€One of the questions isโ€ฆ who killed the king?
๎€The play is structured almost like a murder mystery
Context: Athenian Theatre
๎€Especially: theatre as suspension of reality
โ€ข5th century Athenian Playwrights
๎€Sophocles (Oedipus the King)
๎€Euripides (Bacchants, Medea, Cyclops)
๎€Aeschylus
๎€Aristophanes (Lysistrata, Wasps, Clouds)
โ€ขThe City Dionysia
๎€Pisistratus 534 BCE
๎€An annual festival, held on the slope of the acropolis
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CLA232 Men, Gods, BeastsWednesday January 19
th 2011
Sophocles Oedipus the King
๎€Full day event, multiple plays in a row
๎€A civic festival, governed by the people
๎€So, there was a council of people who got to decide which playwrights would be
allowed to perform and who would be the Choregos (aristocrat in charge of the
festival)
๎€Some of the money also came from the city, even subsidizing tickets for poorer
citizens could afford to take a day off of work
๎€Wasnโ€™t just entertainmentโ€ฆ it was also a competition
๎€Certain people were allowed to vote who they thought was the best playwright at the
end of the festival
๎€One of the perplexing questions about Greek drama is who got to sit in the audience
๎€We know there were adult male citizens
๎€Where things get uncertain is regarding non-citizens, women, and slaves
๎€All of the actors in ancient Greece were male
๎€All roles were played with masksโ€ฆ always less actors than the total number of
characters (actors played multiple roles)
๎€Genre-specific bootsโ€ฆ Cothurnus (Buskin)
โ€ขReality
๎€The events that were portrayed on stage were almost always based on myths, taking
place in a different reality
๎€Thus, you could perform plays that didnโ€™t necessarily reflect contemporary Athens (a
monarchy instead of democracy, etc.)
The gods: Dionysus vs. Apollo
โ€ขDionysus
๎€Associated with madness, wine, theatre, fertility, sexuality, non-Greek East
๎€The embodiment of the opposite (effeminate, excessive, doesnโ€™t think things through,
etc.) all things that Greeks โ€œarenโ€™tโ€
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The first question he asks is the cause of the plague asks the gods through the oracle at delphi. The answer: there is a pollution in the land and a murderer. greek belief that if your murdered someone pollution would spread until the murderer is caught. Lose track of the murderer because they were distracted by the sphinx. one of the things this play does it stage a kind of court case. The play is structured almost like a murder mystery. aristophanes (lysistrata, wasps, clouds: the city dionysia. an annual festival, held on the slope of the acropolis www. notesolution. com. Full day event, multiple plays in a row. a civic festival, governed by the people. so, there was a council of people who got to decide which playwrights would be allowed to perform and who would be the choregos (aristocrat in charge of the festival)

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