I have to deliver a 15 minute speech with the topic "The Influences of Greek Culture on Sophocles' Oedipus". I want to start by getting my ideas down in essay form before translating it into a speech and making the powerpoint. I also need to include close reading of passages which relate to my topic.
I have made a quick brainstorm and came up the following:
• references to Gods and Goddesses
• Greeks worshipped many Gods
• monster sent by the Gods
• murder and incest violated normal and human law
• this play was believable to its original audience because so many of its aspects were a part of Greek Culture
I've also started a first paragraph:Oedipus puts a strong emphasis on Gods and Goddess of the time. Members of the Ancient Greek time believed strongly in external powers and were polytheistic. Theses powers weren't necessarily worshiped but more respected. Sophocles' play explores the common faith in that individuals were puppeteers of the Gods and their fate was already chosen for them by such powers.
But I'm worried I'm not heading in the right direction. I'd really appreciate some pointers in what I should look into. Also, I need to include close reading so any text examples come to mind, they'd be really really helpful. Thanks in advance.