Oedipus Rex Definition of Tragedy

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Liang 1 Victor Liang Mr. Perlman English 10H, Period 4 10 March, 2009 Oedipus Rex : Comparing Oedipus the King to Aristotle's Definition of Tragedy 1. The central action, or purpose, of Oedipus the King is the investigation of King Laos's murder. Through this investigation, Oeidpus learns about his birth and tragically falls to a lowly state. 2. The element of pathos expressed in the play take place when the audience pities Oedipus as he learns that he married his mother, killed his father, and that he was sent to die on a mountain. 3. Reversal of the situation, or peripeteia, occurs when the messenger tries to free Oedipus from his mother, but actually reveals who he really is. 4. Recognition, or anagnorisis, occurs when Oedipus realizes that he murdered his father and cannot live as a king anymore. At first, he had ignored Teiresias's claims. 5. Pathos, or the scene of suffering, occurs when Oedipus finds that his mother has died and when he blinds himself as a form of self-punishment. 6.
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