Dramatic Irony in Oedipus Rex

Remarkable Irony in Oedipus Rex

Oedipus himself was the “child of unlimited night”, the “sightless, witless, senseless” guy. His own sight blinded him Of the reality, which had actually been informed to him in more than one way. He chose not to listen to the fact, but rather seek it out himself. Another visible point of paradox in this story grows from Croon, Oedipus brother-in-law (or uncle if you choose). Early in the story, Oedipus charges Croon and Terrains with treason. His blindness once again does not allow him to see that Croon and Terrains are merely trying to assist him.

Croon tells Oedipus that he has no intentions of being king. He enjoys ruling next to Oedipus, without all the headaches that occur with outright power. Croon mores than happy being the primary advisor, instead of being the king himself. At the beginning of Scene II, Croon addresses individuals of Thebes, informing them of Oedipus accusation towards him yet he is of no harm to Oedipus. After plainly mentioning that he did not want the throne, once Oedipus blinds himself, Croon rapidly gets the position of king, and right away begins to rule.

If Croon was so withdrawn in the throne, why, then, does he accept it so rapidly? Throughout the whole play, the paradox helps the audience to accept Oedipus cruel fate without seeing him as less of a hero. Because he so unconsciously chose not to listen to reason; due to the fact that of his ignorant allegations and insults, in a way, the audience feels pity for him. He has, in no intention, brought this upon himself. Simply as he blinded himself with Costar’s brooch, he drove himself towards the psychological discomfort and suffering e is going through at the end of the play.

For this reason, although he slept with his mother, implicated the wrong people, and so wrongfully judges the issue, he is still seen as a hero, suffering for his bad judgment, rather of being send as a stubborn incestuous monster. The significant irony in the story just enabled it to end up being a better play. It keeps the audience in suspense, since they know the reality, and they want they could just shout out, “Oedipus, it is you, you are the murder!” It leaves a hint of wanting to assist him, and in this way, attracts the reader.

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