The Oedipus Myth

The Oedipus Myth

Antigone Recap

Opening

What’s happened in the play so far?

  • Briefly review the action in Antigone so far with a partner.

Antigone

Work Time

Continue reading Antigone .

  • Silently read and annotate from Haemon’s entrance to Antigone’s entrance (lines 631–805). As you read, note any questions you have about the play so far.
  • Mark any passages that are confusing.

The Oedipus Myth

Work Time

Who is Oedipus?

  • Review who Oedipus is and his connection to the play Antigone with a partner.
  • Then discuss the Oedipus myth and its connection to the play with your classmates.

Myth

Work Time

"Myth" is a poem by Muriel Rukeyser about Oedipus and the Sphinx.

  • Listen as your teacher and several classmates read the poem “Myth” aloud.
  • As you listen, mark any places in the poem you don’t understand, including vocabulary words.

About "Myth"

Work Time

Complete a Quick Write.

  • What word or phrase is most important in the poem, and why do you think so?

Open Notebook

Share your response with a partner.

Then discuss the Quick Write and the following questions about "Myth" with your classmates:

  • What is the question Oedipus asks of the sphinx when he meets her again?
  • What does her answer suggest about Oedipus’ crimes and mistakes?
  • What does the sphinx’s final question imply about her perspective on law? How do her beliefs and goals impact her judgment?
  • How does the poem relate to Antigone ?
  • In Antigone , where does Creon show a bias or attitude about women?

Refer to specific lines from the poem as you share your ideas.

More Antigone

Work Time

Continue reading Antigone .

  • Silently read and annotate from Antigone’s entrance to just prior to Teiresias’s entrance (lines 806–966). As you read, note any questions you have about the play so far.
  • Mark any passages that are confusing.

Questions About Antigone

Closing

Generate questions about your reading.

  • Write your questions and comments and submit them to your teacher.

Open Notebook

They will be discussed in the next lesson.

Independent Reading

Homework

Continue your ongoing homework assignment.

  • Read your chosen novel. You will need to read the entire novel by Lesson 23.
  • Submit your first two journal entries and any questions you have to your teacher by the end of Lesson 5.