Book club discussion questions for Oedipus Rex

You’ve decided to read Oedipus Rex? Great choice! Some groups love reading huge bricks of books, but this one you can get through a in a few hours. That’ll give you more time for thinking or drinking, depending on how your reading group does things.

Please be aware that our discussion questions contain spoilers!

  • Oedipus is repeatedly encouraged not to discover the truth. Is it better to know a terrible truth or to live in a comfortable fantasy?
  • Is Oedipus responsible for his fate? Given that he is bound so tightly by his destiny, is he morally culpable for any of his actions?
  • Were you familiar with the story before reading it? Do you think that changed your experience from the Greeks of ancient times, to whom the story was familiar?
  • Even if you did not know the story before reading the book, it is likely that for quite a while you knew Oedipus’s crimes, while he did not. What were you feeling a t that time? What does that say about you?
  • What does blindness represent in this book?

It is also available at Project Gutenberg. Librivox has a free audio performance, which is only 1 hour and 24 minutes long.

For further inspiration, allow me to direct you to a pair of YouTube reviewers, Mr John Green, of Crash Course, and Sparky Sweets, Ph.D, of Thug Notes.