Irony in Oedipus

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There are three distinct types of groups as shown in Oedipus Rex. The three types of irony are verbal, situational and dramatic irony. Verbal irony is the “regular” kind of irony that most think of when irony comes to mind. It is when one person says one thing but means another. Situational irony is when you expect one thing to happen but another thing does. Dramatic irony is established when the audience knows something that the characters in the play do not. The irony as established in Oedipus Rex covers all three types and makes for a story full of twists and turns and surprises. The verbal irony in Oedipus Rex is the most blatant form. It is the type of irony you notice almost as soon as you read it. The first example of verbal irony in Oedipus Rex Act _ Scene _ is when Oedipus demands that the evil man who murdered King Laius be cruelly punished without realizing that the man who murdered him is none other than himself. This is verbal irony because Oedipus does not realize that he has actually condemned himself. Another example of verbal irony is when Oedipus accuses Creon of framing him for the murder of Laius so that Creon would become king. Creon states that he is not interested in being king as he is contented with his present position of wealth and power. The final example of verbal irony in Oedipus is when Oedipus ridicules Tiresias for his blindness but Oedipus is also a sightless, witless and senseless man to the truth of his own actions. The situational irony in Oedipus Rex is something a little harder to spot when first reading this play. The first example of situational irony is not in the play but it is an event that is talked about throughout; Oedipus killing his father, Laius without knowing that it is his father. Another example is the plague striking the city as punishment for incest. The last and most important form of situational irony in

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