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Oedipus and The Poetics

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Ancient Greece was one of the most intellectually advanced regions of it’s time. Philosophers were abundant and built off of each others knowledge. As well as a boundless search for knowledge among Greek scholars, Greece was also a home for theater, one of the most stimulating forms of entertainment for it’s time, and still is, today. Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle was very much intrigued by theater and all of the elements of it that would come together with such perfection in a great play and performance. Aristotle’s The Poetics , an essay that dealt with theater, proposed the six elements and three supposed unities of theater which are essential in both stimulating pleasure in the spectator and creating an overall masterpiece. Aristotle considered the three unities in a coherent play to be unity of action, unity of place, and unity of time, and the six elements incorporated in an ideal drama to be plot, character, thought, diction, music, and spectacle. With all unities and elements finely incorporated and balanced, the audience could enjoy a play to its fullest potential. The well known play Oedipus Rex , written by Sophocles, was acknowledged in Aristotle’s The Poetics as an example of a plays incorporation of the three unities and balance of the six elements in an ideal drama. It is not so much of a question of why Oedipus Rex stood the test of time and is read nowadays by virtually all scholars of collegiate caliber. The true question is
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