Oedipus Rex

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Dover Publications, Jun 1, 1991 - Drama - 64 pages
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One of the greatest of the classic Greek tragedies and a masterpiece of dramatic construction. Catastrophe ensues when King Oedipus discovers he has inadvertently killed his father and married his mother. Masterly use of dramatic irony greatly intensifies impact of agonizing events. Sophocles' finest play, Oedipus Rex ranks as a towering landmark of Western drama. Explanatory footnotes.

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Review: Oedipus Rex and Antigone

User Review  - Bethany Kelso - Goodreads

I liked the characters and the lessons, but the ending is just too depressing (for both Oedipus and Antigone). And, of course, it is fairly hard to read as well. Read full review

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4 stars for the sheer poetry, 3 stars for the plot. Read full review

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Oedipus the King - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Oedipus the King (Greek Oἰδίπoυς τύραννoς, Oedipus Tyrannus, or "Oedipus the Tyrant"), also known as Oedipus Rex, is a Greek tragedy, written by Sophocles ...
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Sophocles and His Tragedies
Biography of ancient Greek dramatist Sophocles and analysis of his poetic qualities
www.theatrehistory.com/ ancient/ sophocles001.html

Fate and the Hero in Oedipus Rex
An essay that answers whether Oedipus was a victim of fate or of hisown actions
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Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
Oedipus Rex Sophocles, 496-406 bc. Main Characters. Oedipus - The story revolves around Oedipus and his search for the cause of the blight on his city ...
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84.02.03: Sophocles' Oedipus Rex
Sophocles' Oedipus Rex. by Maureen C. Howard. Contents of Curriculum Unit 84.02.03:. Narrative. To Guide Entry. This unit is currently not available. to top ...
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The Age Education
Oedipus Rex demonstrates the extent to which this suggestion was anathema to Sophocles. ... The extended metaphor of sight and seeing pervades Oedipus Rex; ...
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English: Oedipus Rex
Oedipus Rex. Sophocles' "Oedipus the King" is a tragic play which discusses the tragic discovery of Oedipus that he has killed his father and married his ...
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Oedipus King Oedipus Rex Sophocles Essays -- Tragic and Dramatic ...
Oedipus King Oedipus Rex Sophocles Essays - Tragic and Dramatic Irony in Oedipus the King (Oedipus Rex)
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Encounters with Oedipus Rex
The Oedipus complex: Insight into the often unexpected sexual behavior of young children
www.fathermag.com/ 9604/ oedipus/

ISADORA DUNCAN IN 'OEDIPUS REX'; Dancer Gives First Presentation ...
Isadora Duncan and her company gave their first presentation of Sophocles's "Oedipus Rex" at the Century Opera House last night, and it was made apparent by ...
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About the author (1991)

The Greek dramatist Sophocles, born to a wealthy family at Colonus, near Athens, was admired as a boy for his personal beauty and musical skill. He served faithfully as a treasurer and general for Athens when it was expanding its empire and influence. In the dramatic contests, he defeated Aeschylus in 468 b.c. for first prize in tragedy, wrote a poem to Herodotus (see Vol. 3), and led his chorus and actors in mourning for Euripides just a few months before his own death. He wrote approximately 123 plays, of which 7 tragedies are extant, as well as a fragment of his satiric play, Ichneutae (Hunters). His plays were produced in the following order: Ajax (c.450 b.c.), Antigone (441 b.c.), Oedipus Tyrannus (c.430 b.c.), Trachiniae (c.430 b.c.), Electra (between 418 and 410 b.c.), Philoctetes (409 b.c.), and Oedipus at Colonus (posthumously in 401 b.c.). With Sophocles, Greek tragedy reached its most characteristic form. He added a third actor, made each play independent---that is, not dependent on others in a trilogy---increased the numbers of the chorus, introduced the use of scenery, shifted the focus from religious to more philosophical issues, and brought language and characters, though still majestic, nearer to everyday life. His finely delineated characters are responsible for the tragedy that befalls them, and they accept it heroically. Aristotle (see Vols. 3, 4, and 5) states that Sophocles said he portrayed people as they ought to be; Euripides, as they are. His utter command of tragic speech in the simple grandeur of his choral odes, dialogues, and monologues encourages the English reader to compare him to Shakespeare (see Vol. 1).

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