Tragedy In Oedipus The King

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The Greek tragedy, Oedipus the King, written by Sophocles, adheres to Aristotle’s definition of a tragedy. The first rule of a Greek tragedy is that the lead be a good person; they must have a good heart and have noble intentions. This is revealed immediately at the beginning of the play that Oedipus is this type of man. Another common factor in the Greek tragedy is that Oedipus is also an aristocrat. Oedipus was born to the King and Queen of Thebes, therefore, he is of true nobility. Oedipus, however believes his parents are the King and Queen of Corinth, this was made clear to the reader when we find out that Oedipus was abandoned as a baby and adopted by them. That information is only known to the audience, and not to Oedipus, so this proves to be a perfect example of tragic irony. The irony at this point is due to the fact that when he declares that he will find the murderer, he is in fact the man that he pursues. The theme of Oedipus the King is not immediately clear to the reader. At first, the theme seems to tell the reader that no matter your path, you cannot escape fate. Oe...

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