Oedipus Rex Research Paper

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Dramatic Research Paper (Grade 92)
“Oedipus Rex” by Sophocles

Introduction/Thesis “Oedipus Rex” was a Greek Tragedy written by Sophocles in the fifth century BC. It was the first of a trilogy of plays surrounding the life of Oedipus. Sophocles wrote over 120 plays approximately 100 years before Aristotle even defined a tragedy and the tragic hero. Aristotle’s definition of a tragedy is “… an imitation of an action of high importance, complete and of some amplitude; in language enhanced by distinct and varying beauties; acted not narrated; by means of pity and fear effecting its purgation of these emotions” (Kennedy and Gioa 2010). According to Aristotle there were six elements to a tragedy: the plot, the character, the
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Later, his arrogance and pride, again, gets the better of him. Even though he sends Creon to the Oracle of Delphi to find the reason for the plague, he was going to be the one to rid the city of this plague and “save” his people again. Arrogance, again, rears its ugly head coupled with paranoia. Being frustrated that no one came forward, Oedipus sends for the blind seer, Teiresias. When Teiresias refuses to tell Oedipus who the murder is, Oedipus becomes enraged. Feeling that Teiresias is being arrogant, Oedipus demands that he tells him who the murderer is. Teiresias finally succumbs to Oedipus and tells him that he, Oedipus, is the murderer. Oedipus feeling that Teiresias is wrong and that it is just a plot conjured up by Creon to take his throne, he orders Teiresias to leave. Before Teiresias leaves, he tells Oedipus that the murderer is a Theban. He continues telling Oedipus that the murderer is the father and brother of his children and the husband and son of his wife. And that “if later you find error in what I have said, / you may say that I have no skill in prophecy (Scene I, 244-245). Still believing the Creon is plotting against him, Oedipus’ paranoia runs rampant. There is nothing that Creon can say that will prove to Oedipus that he (Creon) is not interested in taking over the throne. Creon explains to Oedipus, that he has all the privileges of

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