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A Critical Analysis Of Oedipus The King

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Sophocles background influenced him to write the drama Oedipus the king. One important influence on the story was his exposer to tragedy all around him. Jeffrey buller in “Sophocles” told us that Sophocles learned the art form of tragedy from Aeschylus. Sophocles later went to the Great Dionysus a competition for the greatest tragedy and won first place over Aeschylus. Also, Sophocles shows tragedy in the play by telling us about the legend the heard while he grew up (Buller 2-4).Similarly, Oedipus in “Oedipus the King” goes his whole live trying not to kill his father. He kills him and fails to realize it, until he tries to save his people by finding the killer which develops the tragedy ...view middle of the document...

. .” (26), so even though he tried to keep his fate from happening it would happen, nevertheless. Oedipus did not want to believe the warnings but later realized he did fulfill his fate he says, “. . . cursed in my birth, cursed in marriage, cursed in the lives I cut down with these hands!” (1310 ). Along with the external conflict, Sophocles’ further creates a believable plot by using a determinate ending. Oedipus going back and forth about the truth and not wanting to believe the truth is resolved at the end of the play. Oedipus became king of Thebes after king Laius had been murdered. Thebes was the hit hard with the plague and many of his people where dying and suffering harsh losses.
“Thebes is dying. . . . and the plague, the fiery god of fever hurls down on the city, his lightning slashing though us- raging plague in all its vengeance, devastating the house of Cadmus! And Black Death luxuriates in the raw, wiling miseries of Thebes.” ( Sophocles 30-35). To stop the plague Oedipus had to find who killed the former king. This was hard to do because was no witnesses and no one had the same story. Oedipus also was stubborn and never listened to the truth even when it hit him in the face. At the end Oedipus realizes the truth sadly after he blinds himself and everything is solved. The ending evolving from Oedipus’s psychological conflict masterfully reinforces ancient Greek tragedy.
In addition to creating the theme with a believable plot, Sophocles also develops the theme of “Oedipus the King” by convincingly characterizing Oedipus the protagonist. Oedipus...

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