The Tragedy of Oedipus Analytical Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

The Tragedy of Oedipus
An analysis of how Sophocles' play "Oedipus Rex" meets Aristotle's guidelines for tragic plots.
# 117700 | 707 words | 0 sources | 2009 | US
Published on Dec 15, 2009 in Literature (Greek and Roman) , Drama and Theater (Greek and Roman)


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Description:

The paper relates Aristotle's belief that a classic tragedy must include a hero that is an important man in society who makes a mistake along the way and is forced to suffer the penalty because of it, and then shows how Oedipus, in Aristotle's work "Oedipus Rex", fits this description. The paper further shows how the plot is interconnected and follows a path that is consistent with the characteristics of the characters, another symbol of a tragedy. In addition, the paper iidentifies the fear present throughout this play, the pity readers have for Oedipus and the tragic recognition involved. Finally, the paper discusses how the unities of time, place and action are present in this tragedy.

From the Paper:

"Aristotle believed that a classic tragedy must include a hero that is an important man in society who makes a mistake along the way and is forced to suffer the penalty because of it. Oedipus is this character because he makes two very significant mistakes during this play, as he kills his father and marries his mother, even though he is unaware that he has made these mistakes. Oedipus is given the correct information when the Teiresias tells him that he has killed his father, but he reverses this information by not believing it, as Teiresias says "I say that you yourself/ are the very man you're looking for" (434-435). This, in turn, leads to more problems for him later on."

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