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  • Use Of Dramatic And Verbal Irony
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    Irony Oedipus the King Oedipus is self-confident, intelligent and strong willed. Ironically these are the very traits which bring about his demise. Sophocles makes liberal use of irony throughout "Oedipus the King". He creates various situations in which dramatic and verbal irony play key roles in the downfall of Oedipus. Dramatic irony depends on the audience's knowing something that the character does not and verbal irony is presented when there is a contradiction between what a character says...
  • Oedipus Downfall
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    In Sophocles' "Oedipus Rex", the theme of irony plays an important part throughout the play. In the play, Oedipus Rex believes that if he leaves Corinth he will be able to avoid his fate. The oracle says the Oedipus will kill his father and bear children with his mother. Eventually, he unknowingly kills his father in a chance meeting and married his mother. Oedipus remains clueless that the oracle's prediction has come to pass. The play is a tragedy, and Oedipus is a tragic hero because he has a...
  • Oedipus Anger
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    The Decline of Oedipus in Oedipus Rex Oedipus began Oedipus Rex as a king, only to end the tale as a blinded beggar. Oedipus fall from his kingly status is not by accident or because of some other person. Oedipus is the only one that can be blamed for his misfortune. Oedipus character traits of haste, anger, and truthfulness are shown most clearly during his spiraling downfall where he thinks he is a simple man who knows nothing, yet knowing more than he realizes by the end of the story. Through...
  • Oedipus At Colonus
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    Sophocles wrote both " Oedipus the King", also known as " Oedipus Rex", and "Oedipus at Colonus". Although " Oedipus at Colonus " is looked at to be a continuation of " Oedipus the King", the two do differ when dealing with the character himself, Oedipus. The question though being is, did Oedipus acheive redemption by the end of the play In " Oedipus the King", Oedipus had fallen by the end of the play. His life had made a complete 360 after the truth was revealed about the murder of the King an...
  • Blind And Oedipus
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    The play Oedipus Tyrannus, written by Sophocles, is a play filled with symbols and irony involving the aspect of both vision and blindness. This aspect of the novel takes on an important role in the life of Oedipus, the ruler of Thebes. He originally feels as though he knows and sees everything, nevertheless, as the motto of the Oracle at Delphi states, he does not "know thyself", as he will find out toward the end of the play. The notion of seeing and blindness becomes an important and ironic s...
  • Oedipus The King And Antigone
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    Sophocles was a master of tragedy, theres no argument there. But which of the 2 plays weve studied, Oedipus the King and Antigone, is the more tragic I believe that Oedipus the King was more intensely tragic and I think that if I were to see a the plays back to back, Oedipus would be the more likely one to rivet true emotions from me. I think Oedipus cathartic value can be seen clearly when you compare the entirety of the results in both plays. In Antigone, she loses 2 brothers, and then a lover...
  • Same Faith In Our God As Oedipus
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    1) Oedipus Rex proves to be a tragic hero by displaying the qualities of goodness, appropriateness, and remaining consistent and realistic throughout the entire play. In the prologue of Oedipus Rex, Oedipus illustrates that he is morally good during his speech to the Priest and the suffering people of Thebes. "I know you are deathly sick; and yet, /Sick as you are, not one is as sick as I. /Each of you suffers in himself alone / His anguish, not another's; but my spirit / Groans for the city, fo...
  • Oedipus Rex
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    Oedipus Rex Question 1 Dramatic irony plays a large part in the artistry of Sophocles' Oedipus, creating a special dramatic tension. For example, when Oedipus says: And for the man that slew him [Laius]... I lay this curse upon him, that the wretch In wretchedness and misery may live. (1) Since we, the audience, know that Oedipus is the killer, we see him setting himself up for the fall. We can also see irony in Jocasta's denial of prophecy: ... the prophetic art Touches our human fortunes not a...
  • Oedipus Hamartia Within The Play
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    Oedipus' Hamartia Aristotle once said that a hero's downfall must be a result of some tragic flaw within the character. This flaw was known as hamartia in the Greek world of Aristotle. Since Aristotle greatly admired Oedipus the King, many people believe that Oedipus must have had a prominent and complex hamartia. Discovering Oedipus' hamartia within the play is not an easy task. In fact, it is impossible to point out Oedipus' hamartia since I do not believe that he has one. Everything that he s...
  • Blind Prophet Through Oedipus's Blindness
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    Sophocles's play, "Oedipus the King" is one of the most well known of the Greek tragedies. The play's interesting plot, along with the incredible way it is written are only two of the many reasons why two thousand years later, it is still being read and viewed. For those who are not familiar with the story of "Oedipus the King", it is written about the results of a curse put on King Oedipus which claims that he will murder his father and marry his mother. After reading or viewing this play, it i...
  • Murderer And Oedipus
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    Imagine killing your father and sleeping with your mother! This is what Oedipus did! Even though I read this story many times I am still shocked when I read the part of how Oedipus fulfilled his prophecy. It makes me tingle inside! I still can't believe that Jocasta did not know that she married her son! In the end when Jocasta committed suicide and Oedipus blinded himself I thought that by doing that it was the only way that Jocasta and Oedipus can be at peace again. Dramatic irony played a maj...
  • Oedipus And Jocasta
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    According to Aristotle, the driving force behind tragic works lies not in the development of characters but in the formulation of a specific plot structure. Aristotle believed that the purpose of all art is to imitate life and that human beings live their lives through events and actions. He argues that characters serve to advance the events of the plot line and that the characters themselves are not central. Aristotle's opinions on tragedy were largely constructed around Sophocles' Oedipus the ...
  • Theseus Promises Oedipus
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    Sophocles was a Greek playwright who lived during the 5th century b. c. The Oedipus Cycle is one of his most famous works; the trilogy of plays traces the ill-fated life of a noble blooded man and his descendants. Oedipus at Colonus is the second play of the set. Oedipus at Colonus is set many years after Oedipus the Rex, and Oedipus has changed his perspective on his exile from Thebes. He has decided that he was not responsible for his fate and that his sons should have prevented his exile. His...
  • Oedipus
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    Dennis TerreyPeriod Two English IV AP Through Sophocles' use of foreshadowing in the play Oedipus Rex, certain truths are revealed to the reader, such as the fact that a lack of respect for fate can eventually bring on a person's downfall, by driving them to delusion. Oedipus is looked up to by all his kingdom at the opening of the play, only to be thwarted by his own lack of intelligence -- and more by his lack of faith than even that. Oedipus, once the sanguine, yet slightly overbearing ruler ...
  • Oedipus
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    Oedipus the King While reading classical literature one is bound to run into many types of heroes. The different types of heroes can range in their greatness, but above all, the tragic hero is viewed as being the most alluring of them all. A tragic hero, as defined by Aristotle, is a man who is great but also terribly flawed, who experiences a fall in misfortunes while still remaining admirable to the audience at the end of the play. One of Aristotle's favorite works, Oedipus the King, a play by...
  • Costs Oedipus His Wife And Mother
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    Oedipus Rex is a Tragedy Many things can describe a tragedy. However, according to definition of a tragedy by Aristotle, there are only five. The play has to have a tragic hero, preferably of noble stature. Second, the tragic hero must have a tragic flaw. Because of that flaw, the hero falls from either power or death. Due to the fall, the tragic hero discovers something. Finally, there must be catharsis in the minds of the audience. Oedipus Rex qualifies as a tragedy. It fits all the characteri...
  • Oedipus Rex Sophocles Tragedy Oedipus Rex
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    Essay: Oedipus Rex Sophocles' tragedy Oedipus Rex is at heart about the relationship between free will and fate. In a traditional tragedy, the hero is a noble character who is destroyed because he possesses a fatal flaw. In Oedipus Rex, on the other hand, Oedipus is apparently destroyed by the gods or by fate, as he fulfills the horrible prophecy to murder his father and marry his mother. There does not seem to be a tragic flaw which brings about his downfall; his downfall is fated to happen fro...
  • Oedipus Rex The Opening Scene
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    In Sophocles' play "Antigone' he writes about the same themes as in "Oedipus Rex' and places different characters into almost the same horrible, chaotic situations. Sophocles writes strongly about his most important key theme, the exploration of human limits. He also touches on the themes of discovery of self, wisdom through suffering, and the struggle between individual conscience versus the state. Sophocles two plays, "Oedipus Rex' and "Antigone', share many characteristics yet also contrast e...
  • Truth About Oedipus
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    Blindness in Oedipus Rex One of the main underlying themes in Oedipus Rex is blindness. Not just physical blindness, but intellectual blindness as well. The blindness issue is an effective contrasting method for Oedipus at different points in the play. Simply saying "blindness', however, is a little ambiguous. It can be broken down into two components: Oedipus's ability to "see' (ignorance or lack thereof), and his willingness to "see'. The word "see' can be used in both contexts here. Throughou...
  • Blindness Of Oedipus
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    Blindness in "Oedipus the King' In Sophocles' play, "Oedipus the King', one of the main themes is blindness. The author uses physical blindness, as well as intellectual blindness to illustrate Oedipus's tat us as a tragic hero. In the beginning of the play, Oedipus has perfect physical vision. However, he is "blind' and ignorant to the truth about himself and his past. He desperately wants to "see', but he cannot. This is exemplified in the play when Oedipus states that "once more [he] must brin...

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