Sophocles' "Oedipus Rex" Analytical Essay by cee-cee

Sophocles' "Oedipus Rex"
An analysis of Sophocles' play "Oedipus Rex".
# 115202 | 1,933 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2009 | US

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The paper relates that Sophocles' work, "Oedipus Rex", is one of the essential myths of mankind and is so fundamental that it transcends and defies any strictly literary interpretation. The paper focuses on the extraordinary coincidences that form the plot of the play and shows how this work is an unanswerable riddle. The paper concludes that unlike another deviation or tragic situation that would probably only cause disgust, it is appreciated and re-used by culture precisely because of its mythical and highly esthetic quality.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Green, Janet. A review of Oedipus Rex, in the Explicator, Vol. 52, no. 1, Fall, 1993, pp. 2-3. Reprinted in Drama for Students, Vol. 1.
  • Hamilton, Victoria. Narcissus and Oedipus: The Children of Psychoanalysis. London: Karnac Books, 1999.
  • Hogan, James. A Commentary on the Plays of Sophocles. Illinois: Illinois University Press, 1997.
  • "Oedipus the King".
  • Sophocles. Oedipus Rex trans. by F. Storr. New York: Heritage Press, 1965.

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