Oedipus Rex Socratic Seminar Prep Notes Quotes “Cast me immediately from this land somewhere I can avoid all mortal speech.” (Sophacles,60) “Under whose guidance I was to kill my own father? But he died and sleeps below the earth; and I am here without touching a spear-unless somehow he perished for losing for me, and thus died by me but still Polybus has taken those prophecies as they are worthless with him and lies in hades.” (Sophacles,44) “People are naturally good; society corrupts them.” (Jean Jacques Rousseau) Questions Imagine if you were Oedipus and just found out the truth do you think you would react the same way? Why or why not? Why do you think Tiresias did not tell Oedipus the truth from the very beginning? Why do you think Oedipus’s foster parents did not tell him the truth when he asked about the prophecy? Notes I don’t think it is possible to have a good king. I see it as if someone has that kind of power they will eventually be corrupted because I feel no one man can handle all that power. I think Creon would be a better king than Oedipus because he seems more cautious and not as quick to make decisions like Oedipus was. I think it’s better to know the truth always other than going around being completely blind to whatever the truth may be.