Literary Criticism Of Oedipus Rex

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Literary Analysis Essay on Oedipus Rex
Oedipus Rex, a tragedy the playwright Sophocles, unfolds an appalling storyline with the use of ironic instances. Oedipus comes into this tragedy born as a prince of Thebes, but he is brought upon a horrible fate. Oedipus' parents, Queen Jocasta and King Laius, receive a prophecy that their son would end Laius' life and marry Jocasta. Therefore, after Jocasta gives birth to Oedipus, Jocasta and Laius pin Oedipus' ankles together and place him on a mountain to die alone. However, he is saved and adopted by the king and queen of Corinth, allowing the prophecy to also survive. When Oedipus discovers the prophecy himself, he tries all he can to avoid the curse, which actually leads him to his own doom. This causes Oedipus to run from his adoptive parents, only to kill a man, not knowing it was his own father. Subsequently, Oedipus winds up marrying Queen Jocasta -- his own mother. Oedipus unfortunately does not even know the truth of who his spouse is, but when he does, his whole world comes crashing down. Sophocles effectively employs situational irony in Oedipus Rex, when Jocasta tries to assure Oedipus that the prophecy is not real, which actually leads to Oedipus’ horrific realization of the truth.
Over time, Oedipus finds himself in quite a predicament and soon needs the comfort of Jocasta. A prophet by the name of Tiresias tells Oedipus the truth about how he has killed Laius, but Oedipus refuses to believe it. Ignorant Oedipus does
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