Sophocles ' Oedipus The King

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The Greek tragedy of Oedipus the King, written by Sophocles, was able to generate such a noteworthy impact as a result of the audience’s previous knowledge of the characters and their fate. As a result of this circumstance, Sophocles was able to make a compelling use of irony and allusion. All throughout the play, Oedipus the King, Sophocles builds the entire story using dramatic irony. Despite Oedipus’s unawareness of his identity and his fate, Sophocles uses dramatic irony to let the readers know who Oedipus truly is and to foreshadow the events which unfold throughout the story. Sophocles uses many different scenes throughout the play that portray dramatic irony. Although, the three most important are Oedipus’s curse towards himself, Oedipus’s insult to Tiresias, and the fortune-teller’s prophecy about Oedipus. In Oedipus, there are many occasions when speaker is foolishly speaking with ignorance while the audience, on the other hand, is fully mindful of the tragedy which lies ahead. The first act of dramatic irony is Oedipus’s curse towards himself. The proclamation Oedipus makes that he is going to do everything in his effort to find the murderer of Laius and curses the people who are sheltering this murderer, exemplifies dramatic irony because the audience already knows that Oedipus will ultimately prove to be this murderer. Oedipus states, And I pray whoever the man is who did this crime, One unknown person acting on his own Or with companions, the worst of agonies

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