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What aspects of King Oedipus might contribute to the effect of inspiring pity and fear in the audience? Refer in your answer to plot, theme and characterization and any other elements of drama.

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What aspects of King Oedipus might contribute to the effect of inspiring pity and fear in the audience? Refer in your answer to plot, theme and characterization and any other elements of drama. James Robertson Ann Collaery World Literature 1 Line 4 What aspects of King Oedipus might contribute to the effect of inspiring pity and fear in the audience? Refer in your answer to plot, theme and characterization and any other elements of drama. James Robertson - World Literature Line 4, Ann Collaery In Oedipus Rex1, Sophocles uses a number of techniques in order to incite both fear and pity in his audience. Primarily Sophocles employs the technique of double entendre, filling the actor's lines and the play's happenings with deeper meaning in order to employ a sophisticated method of encouraging his audience to read into the events of Oedipus Rex and become more involved with the proceedings. This technique manifests itself through use of dramatic irony, dramatic foreshadowing and symbolism. ...read more.

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Sophocles uses the technique of dramatic foreshadowing throughout Oedipus Rex in order to create an atmosphere of fear in his audience. The first instance of this, comes again in the plays first scene and involves the blind prophet Tiresias and his argument with Oedipus over his prophecy and accusation over the murder of Laius, "... He that came seeing, blind he shall go... When you can prove me wrong; then call me blind!"5 The passage contains excessive reference to being blind, which serves as a piece of dramatic foreshadowing towards the plays end, where disgusted at his fate, Oedipus rips out his eyes on stage. Furthermore Sophocles uses dramatic foreshadowing to foretell events of other parts of the Oedipus trilogy, most notably towards the end of Oedipus Rex What aspects of King Oedipus might contribute to the effect of inspiring pity and fear in the audience? Refer in your answer to plot, theme and characterization and any other elements of drama. James Robertson - World Literature Line 4, Ann Collaery where a despondent Oedipus is giving thanks for Creon, "Heaven bless you, ...read more.

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Oedipus began to execute the horrifying prophecy, with little choice of his own in the matter.8 Sophocles' use of symbolism in Oedipus Rex creates a deeper understanding with his audience that since his first day on the earth Oedipus' life has been dictated by the whims of fate, thus creating a feeling of pity with his audience, towards the damned Oedipus. Sophocles' tale of the archetypal tragic character is aided by his extensive use of literary techniques. Through taking full advantage of his audience's prior knowledge of the tale, Sophocles is able to use dramatic irony, dramatic foreshadowing and symbolism, to add new levels of complexity to the downfall of Oedipus, thus inspiring greater pity and fear in his audience. 1 Sophocles, The Theban Plays, trans. by E.F Watling, Penguin Publishing, Ringwood Victoria, 1947 2 According Charles Segal the Attic Tragedians were "Sophocles, Aeschylus and Euripides" 3 Sophocles, op. cit., p. 36 4 Ibid., p. 33 5 Ibid., p. 38 6 Sophocles, op. cit., p.66 7 C. Segal, Sophocles' Tragic World; Divinity, Nature, Society, Harvard University Press, 1998 8 Ibid., p. 147 ...read more.

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