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    THE TRAGEDY OF OEDIPUS Tragedy, in English, is a word used to indicate other words such as misfortune, calamity, disaster and many more such words. However, this word has another dramatic meaning, not far from its original meaning in English. In Western theatre it is a genre that presents a heroic or moral struggle of an individual that leads to his or her ultimate defeat or misfortune. When the audience and reader share the playwright's particular social perception and social values they easily

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    realistic as possible which is exactly what Sophocles does in Oedipus Rex. He takes Oedipus who is better than anyone else which is proven through his intelligence by the fact he was the only one who answered the Sphinx’s riddle correctly making him a hero to the people of Thebes. Oedipus is also imperfect by the fact he cannot make good judgments. “Creon is no threat. You weave your own doom. ” (Sophocles 20), when Tiresias speaks to Oedipus about his doom he defends himself by saying, “Wealth, power

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    Oedipus The King, or Oedipus Rex as it is more commonly known, is an Athenian tragedy written by Sophocles; one of the three ancient Greek tragedians whose plays survived. The play centres on Oedipus, the protagonist and hero of the tragedy who inadvertently fulfils an oracles prophecy that he would, in his adulthood, murder his father, Laius, and marry his mother, Jacosta. In the time of the ancient Greeks, tales spun by dramatists and poets were either of a comedic or tragic nature, in particular

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    Dramatic irony is something commonly used in literature. When the audience knows something that the characters don’t, it creates interest and makes the audience feel more involved. The famous play, “Oedipus, the King”, written by Sophocles around 430 b.c., is a great example of how dramatic irony affects how a story is written and the ways in which it plays out. The tragedy follows a man named Oedipus and the grievous realization that he killed his biological father and married his mother. Because

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    Dramatic irony is defined as drama of information known by the audience but not know by the characters. In Oedipus the king dramatic irony is definitely a key part of the story, constantly keeping the audience on edge knowing such a huge thing Oedipus can’t figure out even when it is told right to him. The dramatic irony in this play is what makes it great. Dramatic irony in this play is most certainly not transient because it has been there the entire first part. For example the audience knows

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    The life of Oedipus In the play Oedipus The King written by Sophocles, it is the blind man who can see the truth of Oedipus and Jocasta’s relationship and it is those that see, Oedipus and Jocasta, who are blind to the truth. When Oedipus finally sees the truth of his actions, he blinds himself in horror. The irony here is that only the blind see things clearly, while the seeing blind themselves to the reality in front of them. While believing himself to be living

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    the irony of fate to create different aspects to which we see can see Oedipus's downfall... This is where dramatic and verbal irony play key roles in communicating the greatness of his fall . Dramatic irony depends on the audience knowledge of important information that the characters do not know.. This appears with the audience's knowledge Oedipus history in order create an atmosphere where the audience can feel pity towards Oedipus and his tragic all .On the other hand verbal irony occurs

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    The presence of irony in “Myth” by Muriel Rukeyser, “My Oedipus Complex” by Frank O’Connor, and “Oedipus the King” by Sophocles link these three literary pieces together. However, each of the works utilize different forms of irony in different levels to specifically present their message. In Rukeyser’s short poem, the narrator uses verbal irony through Oedipus’ conversation with the Sphinx and dramatic irony through Oedipus’ shorthanded conclusions. O’Connor uses situational irony in his short story

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    In the play, Oedipus the King, there are many different examples of situational, dramatic, and verbal irony. Irony is very prevalent during this play mostly because of the backstory of Oedipus. Oedipus’s parents were presented with an oracle that stated their son, Oedipus, would eventually destroy the city of Thebes, kill his father, and lie with his own mother (Oedipus Rex 1205-1206). As the story goes on, Thebes is hit with a plague and the only way to get rid of it is to exile or kill the murderer

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    Oedipus The King is a tragedy written by Sophocles that emphasises the conflict of human knowledge versus divine knowledge using irony. Human knowledge is limited and very short-sighted, while divine knowledge has no restrictions meaning a person with divine knowledge has a clear idea of the “big picture”. Sophocles uses irony to emphasise the difference in knowledge. Oedipus is the son of Laius, and when the Oracles of Delphi prophesies that Laius will be killed by the hands of his son, Laius leaves

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