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Oedipus Rex Commentary. The excerpt taken from Oedipus Rex, written by Sophocles presents King Oedipus repercussions from discovering his past identity

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The excerpt taken from Oedipus Rex, written by Sophocles presents King Oedipus? repercussions from discovering his past identity. He is enveloped in the emotion of torture and horrible awareness after gauging his eyes as an act of cleansing. As the main theme of the play, the protagonist, Oedipus Rex?s nature, mainly incorporates blindness to reality. Sophocles uses his exceptional skills with figurative language to beautifully craft a detailed and imaginative perspective on the main character?s rare explosion of moods and feelings. The excerpt is the underlining summarization from the chorus to offer background information, additional dramatic suspense, and the smooth connection with the little clues scattered around in earlier scenes to perfectly blend them so it is clear to the audience, aiding them to make sense of it all. Sophocles acknowledges the emotion of human suffering from the discovery of agonizing truth and fate of oneself. Through tone, personification, analogy, and abstract language Sophocles uses, he portrays the competition between the divine and human, with an underlining idea that one cannot escape one?s fate, despite one?s blindness. Like a eulogy, the chorus sings or rather chants the untimely realization of which Oedipus Rex has undergone in his now foreign and unfamiliar palace in the middle of Greece. ...read more.


Sophocles used to full advantage of visual imagery to project ideological and supernatural visualizations. ?You overcame the stranger?the virgin with her hooking lion claws? refers to the cursed sphinx in which Oedipus Rex was able to outwit its riddles. The audience can capture the essence of its features and how it is negatively perceive in the Greek society. His use of imagery suffices enough imaginative depiction to build up the greatness Oedipus has lost. His choice of words reveals language that ties closely with religion and godly traits, using mythical creatures and religious symbols to encompass the atmosphere of Oedipus Rex. Sentence structures of the excerpt are compacted to an average length, enabling the power of rhythm to come to play. It follows an inconstant iambic meter yet does not rhyme. However, each verse has its own subject. ?True king, giver of laws. Majestic Oedipus! No prince in Thebes had ever such renown, no prince won such grace of power? praises Oedipus of his dignity as king, nonetheless, the verse it follows expresses a sense of pity and regret as it witnesses his downfall. The general structure of this ode fixates on an elevated problem, praising the acts of Oedipus, the king. ...read more.


It also stresses the common blindness people have on reality, as it is clouded by layers of fantasies and self-worth. Sophocles uses the denouement of the play to ploy the extreme development in which the character explores. Oedipus accepts the consequences of murder and incest and leaves his country as an exile. He fully regrets his past and what was once his boastful and stubborn character alters into wisdom and life of grief and heartache. The chorus foreshadows an abutting conclusion with a misfortunate ending to a setting of death, exile, and misery in Ancient Greek in the city of Thebes. As it functions to color in the clues, the chorus chants its last ode to conclude the tragic downfall of King Oedipus Rex. It completes the story with open-ended morals and creative response reflecting Oedipus? actions that kisses the audience with lamentation. The idea of fate can be easily thought of as a simple assurance humans need. However, as kept controversial, destiny has for people cannot be manipulated. It is beyond the control of human will and therefore the alteration of such idea is non-existent. Fate toys with human mind, at sometimes to blind them from reality, proving its prophetic and unexpected nature that humans cannot fully escape and understand. Sophocles draws a near-end with the chorus? viewpoint on Oedipus? timeline of greatness and downfall, prompted by his blindness to reality, using such vivid depiction. ...read more.

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