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"Oedipus Rex" Irony examples

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Kenzie Ossowski

on 21 September 2015

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"Oedipus Rex" by Sophocles
Anahi #1
Oedipus: "Whom can he mean, The miscrant thus denounced?
Creon: "Before thou didst assume the helm of state, The sovererign of this land was Laius.
Oedipus: "I heard as much, but never saw the man." All on page one.
This is an example of dramatic irony becuase the audience knows that Oedipus has met Laius before because he was the one who killed him. Oedipus does not know that who he killed was his real father, but we do.

Anahi #2
Creon: "Punish his takers-off, whoe'er they be."
Oedipus: "Where are they? Where in the world to find The far, faint traces of a bygome crime." All on pg.1
This is an exmaple of dramatic irony because Oedipus wants to know who killed the previous king and we as the audience knows that it was Oedipus.
Jamiah #3
Creon:"But one escape ,who flying for dear life ,could tell of all he saw but one things sure."
Oedipus :"And what was that? One clue might lead us far,"
Creon:"Robbers, he told us ,not bandit but A troop of knaves, attacked and murdered him." All on page 1
This is dramatic irony because the people would never guess that Oedipus killed his father because of what the witness said he saw.
Oedipus:"On the assassin whosoe'er he be. Let no man in his land ,wherof I hold. The sovererign rule." pg.1
This is an example of dramatic irony because Oedipus doesn't want anybody to communicate with the killer when it's really him the whole time.

Oedipus: "His blood-avenger will maintain his cause, As though he were my sire, and leave no stone unturned to track the assassin." pg.1
This is an example of dramatic irony because Oedipus says he is going to find the previous king's killer as if he was his dad and the audience already knows that it really is his dad.
Miriam #5
Mackenzie #7
Mackenzie #8
The use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning.
3 types of irony:
Situational irony-What you think will happen and what actually happens.
Dramatic Irony-When the audience knows something that the character does not.
Verbal irony-Saying something but meaning the opposite.
"Creon is left as sole ruler in your stead" pg. 21

It is irony because Oedipus was telling Creon that he wanted to steal his throne but Creon said that he didn't want the stress that came with being king. At the end of the play Oedipus ends up giving Creon the throne anyway.
Why is it irony?
Oedipus: "He gain admittance to my hearth, I pray The curse I lard on others fall on me." pg.1
This is an example of dramatic irony because he tells his people to not let the killer in their home or they will have a curse upon them, but Oedipus is the killer so technically he has already broken that rule and has laid a curse upon himself.

Jocasta: "He clasped my hand and supplicated me. To send him to the alps and pastures, where He might be farthest from the sight of Thebes." pg.1
This is an example of irony because the witness said that it was a band of thevies that killed the king, but really he knew the whole time that it was really Oedipus. He chose not to tell the truth and instead, asked Jocasta to let him work in the palaces' fields.
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