Ch 2: Oedipus Rex Analysis & Literary Devices

About This Chapter

The ''Oedipus Rex'' Analysis & Literary Devices chapter of this ''Oedipus Rex'' Study Guide course is the most efficient way to analyze the literary devices present in the play. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the interpretive impact of the play's literary devices.

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  • Complete each lesson in the chapter to review all key topics.
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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

10 Lessons in Chapter 2: Oedipus Rex Analysis & Literary Devices
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Greek Tragedy: Definition, Characteristics & Plays

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!

Climactic Plot Structure

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.

Oedipus Rex Themes

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.

Dramatic Irony in Oedipus Rex: Quotes & Examples

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.

Motifs in Oedipus Rex

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.'

Peripeteia in 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.

Anagnorisis in Oedipus Rex

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.

Hamartia in Oedipus Rex

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.

Catharsis in Oedipus Rex

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.

Oedipus Rex: Literary Criticism

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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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