Sophocles' "Oedipus Rex" Book Review by writingsensation

Sophocles' "Oedipus Rex"
A summary and analysis of the famous Greek tragedy by Sophocles, "Oedipus Rex".
# 68947 | 1,872 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on Sep 21, 2006 in Literature (Greek and Roman) , English (Analysis)

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This paper summarizes the plot of "Oedipus Rex" and analyzes the theme of the tragedy, explaining that the tragic story of Oedipus Rex was meant to serve as a lesson to others. That lesson, the paper explains, was that the punishment visited on the ruler was a sort of proof that the gods did not give special favor to the noble people and that the rules applied to everyone.

From the Paper:

"In Greek tragedy, the hero is punished for some sin, made to pay the price even though in many cases what he will do has been foreordained. Aristotle surveyed the drama of his time and developed certain concepts regarding the nature of the tragic hero. The tragic hero must be an important person with a character flaw that causes him to make a great mistake leading to tremendous suffering and a fall from his high status. The tragedy derives from the fact that none of what occurs is the tragic hero's fault, for the tragic flaw predetermines his actions and seals his fate. Modern audiences may consider this inexplicable, for while viewers understand when someone is punished for a crime they commit intentionally, it is less clear how fault should be ascribed when the crime is not intentional."

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