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Anyone who needs help learning about the literary devices and analytical qualities of Oedipus Rex will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to examine the significance of the play's literary elements. Among those who would benefit are:
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Students Will Review:
This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the literary devices and interpretive elements of Oedipus Rex for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:
- The charactersitics of Greek tragedy
- What constitutes climactic plot structure
- The theme of Oedipus Rex
- Examples of dramatic irony within the play
- Motifs in Oedipus Rex
- Peripeteia and anagnorisis present in the play
- Instances of hamartia and catharsis in the story
- A look at literary criticism of Oedipus Rex
1. Greek Tragedy: Definition, Characteristics & Plays
Learn about Greek tragedy, an art form that reached its peak during the Greek Golden Age of the fifth century and influences literature up to the present day. Following this analysis, you can then test your knowledge with a quiz!
2. Climactic Plot Structure
Climactic plot structure shoves the audience into the essence of the story before you can get a chance to take your seat, so understanding the plot structure for this type of story or play is necessary to get a full understanding of what's going on.
3. Oedipus Rex Themes
Sophocles uses many themes to create one of the greatest Greek tragedies of all time. This lesson will go over the complex themes of 'Oedipus Rex' and how those themes propel the plot of this tragic play.
4. Dramatic Irony in Oedipus Rex: Quotes & Examples
'Oedipus Rex' is a play known for its countless examples of dramatic irony. In this lesson, we'll learn the definition of dramatic irony and look at some of those moments in the play.
5. Motifs in Oedipus Rex
Have you ever noticed how certain things and ideas seems to come up over and over in stories? In this lesson, we'll talk about motifs and why they are used as we explore the play, 'Oedipus Rex.'
6. Peripeteia in Oedipus Rex
This lesson discusses peripeteia, a sudden change in a situation, that is used as the climax in 'Oedipus Rex' by Sophocles. The sudden change in situation in 'Oedipus Rex' is that king Oedipus realizes that he killed his father and married his mother.
7. Anagnorisis in Oedipus Rex
In this lesson we will explore anagnorisis in Sophocles', Oedipus Rex. We will focus on moments of big discoveries, as well as Oedipus' reactions leading up to, and immediately following, the shocking revelation of his identity.
8. Hamartia in Oedipus Rex
Every human is with error, and sometimes those errors can bring about great misfortune; in literature, this is referred to as hamartia. In this lesson, we will focus on hamartia in Socrates' Oedipus.
9. Catharsis in Oedipus Rex
This lesson looks at catharsis, or the release of emotion, in the Greek tragedy 'Oedipus Rex' by Sophocles. The catharsis is experienced by the main character, king Oedipus, but also by the audience of the play.
10. Oedipus Rex: Literary Criticism
This lesson looks at the literary criticism of the Greek play 'Oedipus Rex' by Sophocles. You will learn about what literary critics Aristotle, Freud, Fergusson, and Dodds have said about the play as a whole.
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