Intro to Oedipus

Intro to Oedipus - choices ironic and dramatic in the eyes...

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Oedipus Rex Sophocles Introduction Greek Tragedy, part of a trilogy Written by Sophocles in the height of Athens’ glory Written around 450 BC Greek Tragedy Presented at Festival of Dionysus Tragedies centered on worthy protagonists: great men whose fall could be a lesson to audiences based on stories the audiences already knew, relying on presentation, eloquence, and acting rather than surprise to captivate. A good modern comparison might be a religious pageant such as a Passion Play at Easter. A key device in such plays is dramatic irony: the audience knows the outcome of the story, but the character does not, making his statements or
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Unformatted text preview: choices ironic and dramatic in the eyes of the viewers. Background • Greek audience would have known background and whole story of Oedipus Rex • what makes this play so great is its ability to present this material in an evocative and powerful manner • continuing debate about Freud’s Oedipus complex testifies that the Oedipus story continues to be powerful and controversial even thousands of years after Sophocles 's play was written Major characters Oedipus Jocasta Teiresias Creon...
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