The Mediated Ending Of Sophocles ' Oedipus Essay

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Budelmann, Felix. "The Mediated Ending of Sophocles ' Oedipus Tyrannus." Materiali E

Discussioni per L 'analisi Dei Testi Classici 57 (2006): 43-61. Web. 11 July 2016.

Budelman’s scholarly article published in MD provides a detailed analysis of the final scene of Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannus. The article is broken into four sections: 1. Introduction; 2. Narrative Structure: Expectations and Continuity; 3. Character: Oedipus copes; and 4. Mediation and Complexity. Budelman’s introduction provides a schematic overview of the text from the last scene of the play and introduces the concept of a “mediated ending,” where the play mediates between the action of the play and the world the spectators will go back to when the play is over (45). In the second section, Budelman discusses the significance of the narrative structure to the play fulfilling the expectations of the audience, leaving few unanswered questions at the end. Section three focuses upon the character, Oedipus and his strength as a hero to survive the discovery of the truth. Lastly, section four reflects on the element of mediation and the complexity evoked in the last lines of this classic tragedy. A bibliography of eleven references is included all relating to the topics of Sophocles, Oedipus, and Greek Tragedy. This article is very descriptive and a useful secondary source. Specifically, section three describing Oedipus’ ability to cope with his disastrous discovery and continued display of boldness has…

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