Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

Plot Summaries & Analysis

Each section of the play is summarized below and includes explanations about the major plot points, character and thematic development that occurs.

As the play is not divided into acts or scenes, this guide addresses each section as divided by the Chorus. There are many translations of the play, the line numbers and quotes used by this Study Guide are taken from the translation by Robert Fagles The Three Theban Plays: Antigone; Oedipus the King; Oedipus at Colonus, published by Penguin Classics (1st edition).

Section 1 (lines 1-244)
Section 2 (lines 245-572)
Section 3 (lines 573-767)
Section 4 (lines 768-997)
Section 5 (lines 998-1214)
Section 6 (lines 1215-1350)
Section 7 (lines 1351-1498)
Section 8 (lines 1499-1684)