Elements of the Story in 'Oedipus Rex'

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Oedipus the King What elements of a story help make the resolution a better fit? Irony is a contributing factor to the conclusion of the story. Although tragic Jocasta’s death makes for a more fitting ending. As events happen, Thebes underwent some of the greatest changes throughout the play, losing and gaining new kings. Oedipus Rex ended in an appealing manner and tied all loose ends. One of the themes in Oedipus the King is irony, it is presented in this play through the action of Oedipus. He is trying to rid the city of the plague, he is searching for the man responsible for King Laius’ death. As Oedipus vows to exile the murderer of King Laius to the people of Thebes, Tiresias attempts to reveal that Oedipus is guilty of the crime that he vows to stop. “You are the curse, the corruption of the land!” (401) Tiresias accuses Oedipus of being blind to the truth, despite being able to see he is unable to bring to light what the real problem is. The irony in this is that Oedipus himself is the murderer. Tragedy aids the conclusion of the tale by creating tension, leaves a feeling of sorrow but still concludes in a satisfying way. Tragedy being a theme in this story is portrayed through the entire life of Jocasta. First off, Apollo sent an oracle to deliver a prophecy to Jocasta and King Laius saying “ that doom would strike him down at the hands of a son, our son, to be born of our own flesh and blood.” (787-788) Years later, Jocasta’s husband, King Laius is escorted out of the city when he knocked a traveller on the head with his staff. The wanderer, furiously lashes out and kills Laius along with his entire escort. Furthermore, Jocasta unknowingly marries her son Oedipus, later on has his children. These tragic events are one of the reasons that makes the ending so climactic. The city of Thebes is the main area where the events take place.

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