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Oedipus. Sophocles constructs this play in a way that captivates the audiences attention, even if the audience already knows the final outcome. How does he achieve such dramatic suspense?

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Sophocles constructs this play in a way that captivates the audience's attention, even if the audience already knows the final outcome. How does he achieve such dramatic suspense? Even if the audience already knows that Oedipus killed his own father and married his own mother and they also already know the final outcome which is that Oedipus scrapes his eyes out, Sophocles still achieves such dramatic suspense by: adding loads of dramatic irony; irony; verbal irony and certain parts in the play which makes the reader want to know what exactly is going to happen next. Sophocles has a lot of dramatic irony included in the play which helps to build up the suspense in the play. Dramatic irony is when the readers know what's happening in the play but the characters have no knowledge about it. This makes the readers feel privileged as they know more than the main characters in the play, for example, in Oedipus the king the readers knew before that Oedipus kills his own father and marries his own mother but the Oedipus and Jocasta didn't know that till the end of the play. ...read more.

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without knowing that he is the killer; when Oedipus tell Thebes "so I will fight for him as if he were my father" this is another dramatic irony included in this play as the readers know that Oedipus is actually lauis's son but Oedipus does not know that so he says "as IF he were my father"; "Now my curse on the murderer. Whoever he is, a lone man unknown in his crime or one among many, let that man drag out his life in agony, step by painful step" this is dramatic irony because the readers know that he is the killer but he does not know that so he is cursing the murder but he is actually cursing his self but he is ignorant about that; when Oedipus tells Tiresias "Blind, lost in the night, endless night that nursed you! You can't hurt me or anyone else who sees the light. You can never touch me." this quote tells us that Oedipus is insulting Tiresias's blindness and this is one of the dramatic irony involved in the ...read more.

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never speak a word to him, never make him partner to your prayers, your victims burned to the gods and never let holly water touch his hands. This creates suspense as the readers know that he is the real killer so this makes the reader wonder how Oedipus is going to react when he finds out that he is the one who killed Laius. Looking from the readers point of view they know how Oedipus's character is and they know how angry Oedipus is with Laius's killer so this helps to create more suspense and so when the reader thinks about how Oedipus is going to react when he finds out he is the killer it creates more suspense and makes the reader want to keep reading the play. As conclusion, even if the readers already know the final outcome. Sophocles has used many techniques to achieve such dramatic suspense such as: dramatic irony; irony; verbal irony and he has just written the play in a way that makes the reader want to keep reading. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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