Monday, October 20, 2014

Oedipus Rex-Oedipus the King

This is an analyzation of some key literary terms that can be seen vividly in Oedipus Rex


• Tragedy—The Tragedy outlined throughout Oedipus Rex is quite sickening. It is seen in every aspect of the story, from the time of poor Oedipus’ birth to his blinding. The people’s belief that the gods and their cruel power over humans’ destiny added to the tragic atmosphere.

• Chorus—The Chorus contributes several things to the overall effect of the play. It helps to build up suspense. It, in a way, bridges the gap between conversations. And it helps to analyze for the reader, the emotional discussions and discourses.


Both Dramatic Irony and Irony of Situation can be seen in Oedipus Rex.

• Dramatic Irony—This play is filled with instances of Dramatic Irony. One such instance is when Oedipus is still trying to figure out who the murderer is, while Sophocles brilliantly makes the reader suspect that Oedipus did the crime before it is actually revealed at the end. Another is seen in the fact that because the kind shepherd saved the life of the child, he eventually grew up to fulfill the prophecy for which he was thrown out.

• Irony of situation—There are so many ironic situations in this book. One is when he in saying, “And I curse the doer,…” in line 252, inevitably curses himself. Oedipus Rex is an epic and awful tale of answering, as the Prestwick House Touchstone Classics says, “Who am I?” When he finally figures out the answer to this age old question and realizes the evil he has committed unknowingly, he can’t bear to see the evil that he has brought upon his family. And so, in seeing the terrible truth, he blinds himself.