Chorus 9: (J) The Queen asked Oedipus to remain.
Chorus 4: And he said yes, for he was seeking his fortune.
Chorus 8: (C) A fortune hunter.
Chorus 7: He took the crown and he watched the queen.
Due to the Oediups Complex, we like to think Oediups fell in love with the queen, his mother because of the psychology theory that sons are attracted to their mothers while developing. However, according to this translation of the play, it is more evident that Oediups decided to marry the queen because he “was seeking his fortune” and she represented power and wealth. Here we see that Oedipus was a “fortune hunter” and that he “took the crown and he watched the queen.” Through indicating that he took the crown before he watched the queen, it shows that his interest lies in the power of being royal and then his future wife.
During their first interactions, we see Oediups interested in owning the queen, rather than being interested in her personality. As Chorus 5 states: “And the young man looked at the city. And the young man looked at the people. And the young man looked at the Queen, like a man who might choose the fruit from a market stall.” In this simile, it is indicative that Oediups is interested in possession rather than love. As a side note, this fruit simile could be an allusion as forbidden fruit in the Bible.
In addition, it’s interesting to see the amount of foreshadowing. While there are moments during the Oracle and prophesies, the Chorus also plays a role in showing how the play will end.
Oedipus: I will rid the city of this Sphinx.
Chorus 8: (C) Beware young man. The Sphinx will devour you.
Oedipus: I will rid the people of this Sphinx.
Chorus 4: Beware young man. The Sphinx will destroy you.
Oedipus: I will rid the Queen of this Sphinx.
Chorus 9: (J) Beware young man. Beware.
During the Chorus 9’s line, the repetition of mentioning the Sphinx stops. When he mentions that he is going to get rid of the Sphinx for the Queen specifically, the Chorus only repeats “beware,” indicating the strength of the Sphinx is not his only tribulation. In the first act of this play, we can see foreshadowing of how is Oedipus’s desire for fortune will lead to his demise.
Source: Oediups Rex (1 of 2)