Oedipus the King Essay

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Oedipus the King Sophocles was one of the three great tragic playwrights of the golden age of Greek Drama. Of his more than 120 plays, only seven had survived: Antigone, Ajax, Electra, The Trachinian Women, Philoctetes, Oedipus at Colonus, and Oedipus the King, his best-known work. Oedipus the King is a tale of a man's futile attempt to avoid his fate. This tragedy dramatizes Oedipus' painful discovery of the truth that he killed his father and married his mother. It showed the irony of Oedipus persistence to find, expose, and punish an assassin, not knowing that he was the murderer himself. Oedipus the King is often regarded as a "perfectly structured" play because of Sophocles’ excellent work on plot and suspense. In his Poetics, Aristotle outlined the ingredients necessary for a good tragedy, and based his formula on what he considered to be the perfect tragedy, Oedipus the King. Aristotle was a great fan of Sophocles and Oedipus the King in particular because it followed all of his unities. These are the three unities or rules on how to make a perfect tragedy. It consists of unity of action, place and time. The unity of action limits the play to a single set of incidents having a beginning, middle, and an end, with no side stories or subplots; unity of place states that it should take place in a single physical location; lastly, the unity of time, meaning the ideal time which the play encompasses is “one period of the sun”. Oedipus the King exhibits these unities. The action concentrates on Oedipus’ search for the murderer of King Laius. As for the place, the play’s setting is in front of the palace of Thebes. Notice that some flashbacks were applied in the play. Actions that had been recalled which took place in other locations, like the place where three roads meet, are still being recalled in front of the palace at Thebes. Regarding the time, all the action

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