10 October 2018
Oedipus The King: Reflective Statement
The Interactive Oral was effectively demonstrated through a game of Jeopardy Feud, elaborating on how the effect of time and place was emphasized in the play Oedipus The King (Sophocles). It’s interesting that the oral explored several ideas, which I knew little of beforehand, deepening my understanding of the Ancient Greek culture and, by extension, the developing plot of the play.
By learning about the Peloponnesian war that took place throughout mainland Greece, I gained a deeper insight into the distraught that Thebes experienced at the start of the work. The conflict resulted in an economic loss spreading poverty and suffering throughout the municipalities of Greece proven by the statement, “the city...is now / Storm-tossed, and can no longer raise its head” (Lines 22-23). In addition, the oral discussed that the plague left Thebes with insufficient resources, which didn’t help the fact that Thebans had no access to any medication to treat their illnesses. My new knowledge of the war led me to think that the occurrence of the plague was a literary representation of the aftermath of the war. This accounts for the introductory scenario of the play as the, “[citizens of Thebes...