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“Oedipus the King” Classical Greek plays were very important entertainment events in Greek societies. People celebrated their religion and culture through them. Plays played such a significant role in the communities that they were partially paid for by the state. Thousands gathered to watch and through their applause they were essentially approving their traditions and beliefs. Written by Sophocles and produced around 430 B.C., Oedipus the King is a great example of a traditional Greek tragedy. It is about a man who is destined to kill his father and marry his mother, and even after trying to interfere with it, his destiny still comes true. In this play Jacasta and Oedipus test fate with their free will several times over the course of their life, and through dramatic irony and tragedy, this play proves that the God’s prophecies will always win. Greek plays consisted of two to three actors wearing masks and a chorus performing in an extremely large theater in front of thousands of spectators. The chorus was there to assess the characters and to help the audience have a connection with the actors by talking and singing parts of the story. Traditional Greek plays revolved around tragedies happening to the protagonist and the public. In the case of Oedipus the King , the town of Thebes is facing a terrible plague and Oedipus, is the one at fault, although he does not know that at first. These plays do not have the

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