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Why Is Oedipus A Tragedy

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In the play Oedipus Rex, Oedipus learns things that make him realize that he is not who he thinks he is. His past is slowly unavailing throughout the play from where he came from to why it happened and he is determined to learn the truth. This play is based on tragedy and some say that Oedipus himself is to be held responsible for what happens to him towards the end. As Oedipus seeks out the truth behind the prophecy going on about killing his father and marrying his mother, Jocasta realizes the truth before Oedipus does and tries to prevent him from pursuing the knowledge.

Tragedy is the center of the play Oedipus Rex, tragedy is something dealing with tragic events, the downfall of the character, and having unhappy endings which is how this play ends.In the beginning, we see Oedipus is king and has an enormous amount of power, he wears all these gold drapes and a gold crown which symbolizes his power. Next you have Creon, Oedipus brother-in-law, who at first has no desire for Oedipus's spot for Kingman ship. Oedipus's fate is a combination of several factors. To try and ch...

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how oedipus rex learns things that make him realize that he isn't the person portrayed. his past is slowly unavailing throughout the play. jocasta realizes the truth behind the prophecy
  • Analyzes how tragedy is the center of the play oedipus rex.
  • Analyzes how oedipus' tragic flaw is simple yet devastating at the same time. he is uneducated and blind to his past, which works with the prophecy given to him by the oracle.
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