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Sammy VarmaApril 3, 2015Dr. DrabmanOedipus the King EssayOedipus the King: A Tragedy?
disturbing, being that he killed his father and slept with his mother, the audience has moreof a sympathetic fear. The audience is scared by the consequences of those actions and how terrible it would be to be in that position. The purgation of these emotions from the audience is one of the most important aspects to Aristotle’s definition of a tragedy and this play definitely has that element to it.There are a few technical and structural elements to Aristotle’s definition of tragedy. Aristotle said that for something to be considered a tragedy, the piece shouldn’t be too long or too short. Oedipus the King fits this criteria. It isn’t too long so it is impossible to take in. But, it is long enough so that the content is rich and full of other