The Tragedy Of Oedipus By Sophocles Essay example

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Oedipus Rex by Sophocles conveys tragedy (tragic play), specifically, Greek tragedy. Greek tragedy has a specific criterion that must be followed in order for a piece of literature to be labeled as one. This specific play also has a cathartic effect as the story unfolds. The audience is able to feel tense emotions such as pity and fear of the events that pour upon Oedipus as he gets to realize that he is the killer of his father and the husband of his mother. However, as the play comes to an end the audience experiences a sense of relief when Oedipus punishes himself by taking out his own eye and banishing himself from the land of Thebes. This shift of emotions from sorrowfulness to fear to satisfaction is termed Catharsis that the audience feels at the end of the play. Pier Pablo Pasolini intensifies these emotions in his film through the use of other methods rather than the use of heavy (intense) language and phrases that can be seen in Sophocles’ play text. Instead, Pier Pablo Pasolini uses specific techniques that combine sound, camera angles, camera movements, and finally lighting to create the cathartic effect of the play. These techniques are highlighted at the beginning of the film when Jocasta is breastfeeding her son, when Oedipus goes to Delphi to ask the oracle of Apollo, when he reaches the moment of realization of his doings, and finally when he takes his own eyeballs out and banishes himself from Thebes. Also, Pasolini tends to emphasize the feeling of…

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