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Tips For Reading Oedipus


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Tips For Reading Oedipus

  1. 1. Tips For Reading Oedipus
  2. 2. Pay Attention To… <ul><li>which characters are in each scene </li></ul><ul><li>the time and location of each section </li></ul><ul><li>the focus of each section </li></ul><ul><li>line numbers, rather than page numbers </li></ul><ul><li>the pause and effect sections throughout the play </li></ul><ul><li>the footnotes </li></ul><ul><li>the pictures </li></ul>
  3. 3. Which Characters Are in Each Scene <ul><li>Before reading each scene it is important to skim through it and mentally take note of which characters are in the scene. </li></ul><ul><li>If you notice a new name as you skim, look on your bookmark for the character description. </li></ul><ul><li>Reading the character description before reading the scene will provide background information about the scene and help you to understand why the new character is important to the scene. </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Time and Location of Each Scene <ul><li>Since the ancient Greeks were limited on props the location seldom changes throughout the play. The majority of the scenes take place outside of Oedipus’ home. </li></ul><ul><li>On page 262 there is a section called “Time and Scene”. Before you begin to read the play read this short introduction. It will explain the time and location of the play. </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Focus of Each Section <ul><li>Throughout the play you will find notes titled “Focus”. It is very important to read these notes every time they appear. </li></ul><ul><li>The Focus will provide vital information about the section you are about to read. </li></ul><ul><li>Here is an example of the first Focus, which is found on page 262: </li></ul>
  6. 6. Line Numbers, Not Page Numbers <ul><li>Reading a play is very different than reading a novel or short story. When referring to parts of a play you refer to the line numbers, not the page numbers. </li></ul><ul><li>For instance, the following quote appears on page 264 in your textbook, but if I was referring to it a writing assignment I would not say it is from page 264. Instead, I would say it is from lines 16 through 20. </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Pause and Reflect Notes <ul><li>Like the Focus notes, the pause and reflect notes are used to break apart the play and help you to understand what is happening in the plot. </li></ul><ul><li>Usually the Pause and Reflect is a question. When you come upon a Pause and Reflect section take a minute to mentally answer the question. By taking the time to do this you will improve your comprehension of the play. </li></ul><ul><li>The first Pause and Reflect appears on page 266: </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Footnotes <ul><li>On most of the pages throughout the play you will find footnotes on the right sides of the pages. The following footnote can be found on page 262: </li></ul><ul><li>The footnotes are used to define words or phrases that you might not know. Each footnote provides the line number the word or phrase is found in and a definition. </li></ul><ul><li>ALWAYS read the footnotes! They contain important information that might appear on a test. </li></ul>3 branches wound in wool: tokens placed on alters by people seeking favors from the gods.
  9. 9. The Pictures <ul><li>Throughout the play you will find pictures from different performances of the play. </li></ul><ul><li>Some of the pictures are from movie versions of the play and other pictures are from theatrical performances. </li></ul><ul><li>The pictures will help you to visualize what is going on in the play. </li></ul><ul><li>When you come to a page with a picture read the caption and examine the picture. </li></ul>