Sophocles Use Of Dramatic Irony In Oedipus The King

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The Tragic Irony of Oedipus

At the beginning of Oedipus Thebes is struck by a plague and the oracle of Apollo says the reason for it is because the King's murderer is still walking free. The oracle knew that Oedipus tragedy was caused by faith, he knew what was going to happen the whole time. Queen Jocasta and King Laius abandoned Oedipus because the oracle had told them that Louis will be killed by his own child. Oedipus married his own mother and even conceived children with her and murdering his own father. Oedipus had always tried to run from what his faith will be, but at the end he couldn’t run from it. The tragedy at the end results on Queen Jocasta hanging herself and Oedipus stabbing his own eyes out. Sophocles uses dramatic, situational, …show more content…

Initially, in Oedipus the King by Sophocles Oedipus said, “So I will fight for him as if he were my father, stop at nothing, search the world to lay my hands on the man who shed his blood”. In this quote Oedipus is saying that he will find the killer and fight for King Laius as if he was his father, and he in fact is his son.. He wants to kill the men who shed the blood of the King Laius, Oedipus doesn’t know what he is saying. He doesn’t know that everything he is saying is the complete opposite. He wants to be the great hero and gain respect from his people. Oedipus wants to find the killer and be recognized because of that. Furthermore, in the book Oedipus the King, Oedipus said, “I hold the throne that he held then, possess his bed and a wife who shares our seed.” Oedipus is saying that he now sleeps and his married to Laius widowed wife, without knowing she is his mom. Oedipus is having relationships with his own mom and conceiving children with her. Oedipus came into his own mom's life without him knowing who she really was. Once he killed the king he married Queen Jocasta right away. He didn’t care that she had just lost her husband and was in a bad time, Oedipus came to her as she had not just lost her

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