Oedipus Rex: Displaying Pride with+- Dramatic Irony

Oedipus Rex: Displaying Pride with+- Dramatic Irony

At the beginning of Oedipus’ reign, dramatic irony is revealed when he resolves Thebes, and the chorus about finding the murder of the former king Laios. Oedipus States “If any male knows by whose hand Laios, child Of Labdakos, met his death, direct that male to inform me everything'(Sophocles 13). Oedipus shows that he does not understand who the real killer of Laios is, which in truth, is himself, while the audience understands all along that he is the killer. Earlier in scene one, The Chorus is hoping to the gods for relief from the plague and Oedipus states “Is this your prayer? It might be answered.

Come, listen to me, function as the crisis needs and you will have remedy for all these evils” (12 ). Oedipus acts as if he is a god, or can speak for the gods, which shows his pride much more. In the middle of Oedipus’ reign, dramatic irony was shown when Oedipus demands help from Teiresias to fix the secret of who eliminated Laios and how to save the city. Teiresias explains to Oedipus that he will not say anything; this outrages Oedipus, leading to a word-war in between each other. Oedipus mocks Teiresias about his loss of sight, which triggers the prophet to state, “You ock my loss of sight, do you?

But state that you, with both your eyes, are blind: You can not see the wretchedness of your life …” (Sophocles 22). What Teiresias states is an ideal example of dramatic irony, in that the audience knows that Oedipus will end up blinding himself after he understands that his prophecy has actually become a reality from his terrible defect. Near completion of Oedipus’ reign, remarkable paradox is shown when he is confronted by a messenger, who has news of a Shepard pertaining to inform Oedipus about his parents. Oedipus’ spouse, locaste, knew what was going to be help, so she exclaimed to Oedipus, “You are fatally incorrect!

May you never discover who you are … Ah unpleasant! That is the only word I have for you now. That is the only word I can ever have.” (Sophocles 57). After that, she scampers into the palace and eliminates herself (Unknowingly to Oedipus). Dramatic Paradox is present because the audience understands that Oedipus is the killer which he likewise wed his own mom. Quickly enough though, Oedipus discovers that he killed his daddy and married his mom, which triggered him to leave the palace and gouge his own eyes out, so he could beat his mental lindness.

Sophocles utilizes dramatic irony to highlight Oedipus’ pride throughout the story by demonstrating how psychologically blind he is about the killer of Thebes and of his own fate. By seeing Oedipus’ pride transgress throughout the play, we see how Sophocles utilizes the role of remarkable paradox as a way to show the story and induce pathos in the audience when the play is completed. Dramatic irony in the play Oedipus Rex helps to communicate the awful downfall of pride in Oedipus, illustrates and thickens the plot, and gives the audience a more interactive and satisfying experience.

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