Dramatic Irony in Oedipus Rex: Quotes & Examples

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What is dramatic irony?

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1. Which of the following scenarios is a real-world example of dramatic irony?

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How is this quote from Oedipus Rex an example of dramatic irony?

''I did not think it fit that I should hear

of this from messengers but came myself,

I Oedipus whom all men call the Great.''

- Oedipus

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Sophocles uses dramatic irony to great effect in his tragedy Oedipus Rex. On this quiz and worksheet combination, you will answer test questions on what dramatic irony is, how to identify it in the real world, and how it is reflected in some significant quotations from the play.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Quiz questions include:

  • Which in a given list is a real-world example of dramatic irony
  • What dramatic irony is
  • How dramatic irony is demonstrated in several quotations

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of Oedipus Rex to explain how this quotation demonstrates dramatic irony: ''I did not think it fit that I should hear of this from messengers but came myself, I Oedipus whom all men call the Great.''
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information about dramatic irony in a real-world situation
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding which of a given list of quotations from Oedipus Rex shows dramatic irony

Additional Learning

Work through the lesson titled Dramatic Irony in Oedipus Rex: Quotes & Examples to study this topic in greater depth. The lesson will help you to:

  • Explain what characterizes a tragic hero
  • Discuss how Oedipus' physical blindness is ironic
  • Name the trait that is most frequently the downfall of the tragic hero
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