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Oedipus Rex

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sarah kearsley

on 24 September 2014

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Transcript of Oedipus Rex

Define Tragedy in your own words relating it to Aristotle's Poetics
- Has to be doomed from the start
- Sign from the start
- Must be unaware
How does Oedipus Rex fit the criteria of a perfect tragedy?
- Unaware of his own actions
- Legs are tied in a knot
- Gets punished at the end
How is Oedipus Rex a Tragedy
Tragic Hero:
-noble birth
-incidents of the tragedy are beyond the heroes control
-doomed from the beginning
-audience feels pathos
-suffering of the hero has meaning
-has a peripeteia-talk about it later-

What is a tragic hero?
What makes Oedipus a tragic hero?

Why? Explain?
In your opinion, what is the value of tragedy
- More significant than comedy
- More emotion envolved
- Admiration
Why does society value tragedies?
- Money
- It Sensationalizes
Value of a Tragedy
Tragic Hero
Value of a Tragedy
Renee, Sarah, Marcus, and David
Oedipus vs Aristotle
The Big Words
"Yourself the abominable contaminator" p.g.13
"Who am revealed to have been born of those, of whom i ought not-to have wedded whom, I ought not- and stain whom i might not stay"
p.g 42
"So shamelessly set you this story on foot/And think perhaps, you shall go free
p.g 13
Sophocles. Oedipus Rex. Mineola, N.Y.: BiblioBytes, 1991. Print
"And of no mortal say
'That man is happy,' till
Vexed by no grievous ill
He pass Life's goal"

(Sophocles, 54)
"to wedded whom
I ought not - and slain whom I might not slay"

(Sophocles, 42)
A staff to point his footsteps, he shall go
Also to his own sons he shall be found
Related as a brother, though their sire,
And of the woman from whose whom he came
Both son and spouse; one that has raised up seed
To his own father, and has murdered him

(Sophocles, 17)
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