Essay on Sophocles' Clever Use of Dramatic Irony in Oedipus the King

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Dramatic irony depends on the audience’s knowing something that the character does not, and in this play the audience knows Oedipus faith before he knows it himself. In this play there are several parts where Sophocles conveys his plot through dramatic irony. Dramatic irony underlines how partial human perceptive can be even when it is most reasonable and how agonizing it can be to be the costs of the misinterpretation, in some sense foreseeable. Dramatic irony is also use by Sophocles to make the audience feel their taken part of the play knowing the fate of the main character, making the audience wait in suspense wanting to know how Oedipus would react to his fate. The other use of the dramatic irony was to foreshadow which is a key…show more content…
Since he has cursed himself the readers are in greater suspense. Blindness was another dramatic irony in the play, and relates to the entire play at large. Oedipus intelligence could not see the truth, but the blind man, Teiresias, saw it plainly. Sophocles uses blindness as a theme in the play. Oedipus was uninformed and as a result blind to the truth about himself and his past. Yet, when Teiresias exposes the truth he is in denial. It is left to Oedipus to conquer his blindness, accept the truth, and realize fate. But instead Oedipus ridicules Terirsias blindness and accuses him of being on the side of Kreon and helping him become King. He accuses Teiresias for being paid to tell a fraudulent prophecy to him. Quickly Teiresias answers him back and tells him he is BLIND, and tells him about his past of who his actual mother and father was. Which is ironic again because Oedipus fled his Corinth in hope that his prophecies of killing his father and marrying his mother would never happen not know who his actual parents was. When he left his home city of Corinth on his journey he kills a caravan of presumed low-class travelers. Which was his faith in killing his father but in his mind he is thinking his father is King of Corinth. Oedipus is ignorant and does not try to learn and understand his past, but fate is fate so how do

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