Oedipus Rex Comaprison

Oedipus Rex Comaprison - Megan Scharar Theatre 101 J. Riley...

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Megan Scharar Theatre 101 J. Riley Caldwell-O’Keefe 6 September 2011 Oedipus Rex Compared to Modern Tragedy Tragedy is defined as an event causing that causes great suffering, destruction, or distress usually by natural causes. These tragedies can come from a sudden crash, earthquake, illness, etc. that can be devastating to one or many people. Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex is a Greek Tragedy that greatly reflects the modern definition of tragedy. The themes of truth and blindness elucidate how tragic the play truly is. Oedipus refuses to see the truth behind the prophet Tiresias’ words and is blind to who he really is and where he came from. The modern definition of tragedy is greatly related to dramatic tragedy in Oedipus Rex through Oedipus’ denial of truth and epiphany of self in the end. Oedipus Rex relates to both modern tragedy and tragedy in a dramatic sense throughout the deration of the play from birth to exile. As an infant, it was prophesized that Oedipus would kill his own father and sleep with his mother. To prevent this, the king and queen sent Oedipus to
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