In the play Oedipus Rex, the author Sophocles, attempts to create feelings of sympathy towards the main character, Oedipus. This is achieved by using dramatic irony, the prophecy that guided Oedipus towards the truth regarding his childhood, and key scenes in the play, which help to build the audiences understanding and opinions concerning his situation.
Through the prophecy alone, Oedipus was doomed even before his life had even begun. As an innocent child, his parents, King Laios and Queen Iokaste, had tried to rid themselves of the curse, which was cast upon them by Apollo, the god of the sun. For many years the King and Queen, lived normal lives thinking that they had overcome the powerful prophecy. Many years later, Oedipus, after hearing the same prophecy, fled from the two people, which he believed to be his real parents. This was his attempt to try and save them from his own fate. While Oedipus was trying to escape, he discovered the truth about his identity, although his realization came too late. Oedipus would be forever shamed by the entire city and live a life ...
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