Here is a collection of ancient yet profound dramatic speeches from The Oedipus Plays. Each dramatic monologue is ideal as a classical audition piece. Also, English students can use them as study resources for analyzing the characters.
Antigone’s Defiant Monologue:
This scene is my personal favorite. Antigone delivers this commanding speech, defying the laws of the king in order to follow her conscience.
Creon from Antigone:
In the play’s finale, the antagonistic Creon realizes that his stubbornness has led to his family’s demise. An intense, gut-wrenching monologue.
The Chorus from Oedipus at Colonus:
Greek Drama isn’t always dark and depressing. The Chorus' monologue is a peaceful and poetic monologue describing the mythic beauty of Athens.
Jocasta from Oedipus the King:
Here, the mother/wife of Oedipus Rex offers some psychiatric advice. Freud must have loved this speech!
Towards the end of her young life, Antigone contemplates her actions and her fate.
Antigone’s sister, Ismene, is often overlooked in student essays, which makes her a terrific topic to analyze! This dramatic monologue reveals the duplicitous nature of her character.
Oedipus the King:
A classic cathartic moment. Here, Oedipus realizes the wretched truth about himself, his parents, and the terrible power of fate.