Use of Irony in Oedipus RexUse of Irony in Oedipus Rex Many sources tell us that Sophocles wrote more then one hundred plays, but only seven of them have survived the centuries in their entirety. Certainly the best known of his surviving plays is Oedipus Rex. The plot of the play hinges on the element of irony. Irony can be defined as a combination of circumstances or a result that is the opposite of what is or might be expected or considered appropriate, (Guralnik, Webster\'s, 1968, p. 745). Irony is one of the prevailin
One of the most memorable and meaningful SocraticOne of the most memorable and meaningful Socratic quotes applies well when in context of Sophocles\' Theban Trilogy. The unexamined life is not worth living, proclaims Socrates. He could have meant many things by this statement, and in relation to the play, the meaning is found to be even more complex. Indeed, the situation of Oedipus, king of Thebes, the truth of this statement is in question. Would Oedipus have been better off if he was blind to the knowledge of his birthing and the fate which
Oedipus RexOedipus Rex A man who is highly renowned and prosperous, but one who is not pre-eminently virtuous and just, whose misfortune, however, is brought upon him not by vice and/or depravity, but by some error of judgment or frailty. - Aristotle In Sophocles’ Oedipus The King, Oedipus, the main character who kills his father and marries his mother, undoubtedly qualifies as a tragic hero. According to Aristotle’s definition, a tragic hero must be highly renowned and prosperous. Oedipus was the Kin
Oedipus RexOedipus Rex Sophocles\' Oedipus the King is a tragic play, which discusses The tragic discovery of Oedipus that he has killed his father and married his mother. The story of Oedipus was well known to the Athenians. Oedipus is the embodiment of the perfect Athenian. He is self-confident, intelligent, and strong willed. Ironically these are The very traits which bring about his tragic discovery. Oedipus gained the rule of Thebes by answering the riddle of Sphinx. Sophocles used the riddle of the
Who built the Egyptian pyramids?Who built the Egyptian pyramids? For centuries, the Egyptian Pyramids and the Sphinx have stood a silent testimony to a great and powerful civilization long since ground to dust. But behind the great walls of the Pyramids and this long lasting silence, mysteries are still unrevealed and the explanation of these mysteries is a set of theories based on observation and on the printed texts on the Pyramids walls. One great mystery was the one dealing with the building of the Pyramids and the Sphinx.
Oedipus's life is lived out in many accomplishmentOedipus\'s life is lived out in many accomplishments and achievements. Mount Cithaeron symbolizes his journey from the being of his life to the end. It also symbolizes the important steps toward or trying to reach the peak, the perfect blend of mind and spirit. Mount Cithaeron portrays how people take a journey toward self awareness, and how most do not make. Oedipus\'s life has five accomplishments or steps on the road of Mount Cithaeron. Oedipus first event is surviving as a newborn baby. Oedi
The Signifigance of Irony, Metaphor, and ReverasalThe Signifigance of Irony, Metaphor, and Reverasal of Situation in Oedipus Rex Oedipus Rex is a tragedy of a man who attempts to flee a prophecy out of fear of what the future may hold for him, and in doing so blindly falls straight into his tragic fate. The use of literary devices in this play such as irony, metaphor, and reversal of situation in this play help to weave Sophocles’ masterpiece tragedy in to a work of art to be appreciated for centuries to come. The literary artwork of Oedipus Re