Examples Of Dramatic Irony In Oedipus Rex

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Sophocles uses irony very frequently in this play, one could argue that the entire play is just a form of dramatic irony.
“Learn your fill, you never will convict me of the murder.” (pg. 192, line 644) This line said by Oedipus is a great example of dramatic irony. Here, Oedipus confirms the audience that he is not the murder, however, the audience already knows Oedipus’s fate and pities his blindness to the truth. Dramatic irony can be seen again when Jocasta says, “no skill in the world, nothing human can penetrate the future.” (pg. 201, line 781-782) In this part of the scene, Jocasta explains to Oedipus the prophecy that was told by a seer. She claims how the prophecy did not come true and assures Oedipus that no one can predict the
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