irony in oedipus the king lesson plan
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The Greek tragedy of Oedipus illustrates dramatic irony through Oedipus' noble birth which is unknown to him and his fall from the throne due to his fate and excessive pride. ...
examples of irony in oedipus tyrannus by sophocles
Sophocles’ audience knew the ancient story of Oedipuswell, and would therefore interpret the greatness Oedipus exudesin the first scene as a tragic harbinger of his fall. Sophoclesseizes every opportunity to exploit this dramatic irony. Oedipusfrequently alludes to sight and blindness, creating many momentsof dramatic irony, since the audience knows that it is Oedipus’smetaphorical blindness to the relationship between his past andhis present situation that brings about his ruin. For example, whenthe old priest tells Oedipus that the people of Thebes are dyingof the plague, Oedipus says that he could not fail to this(68–72). Oedipus eagerlyattempts to uncover the truth, acting decisively and scrupulouslyrefusing to shield himself from the truth. Although we are ableto see him as a mere puppet of fate, at some points, the irony isso magnified that it seems almost as if Oedipus bringscatastrophe upon himself willingly. One such instance of this ironyis when Oedipus proclaims proudly—but, for the audience, painfully—thathe possesses the bed of the former king, and that marriage mighthave even created “blood-bonds” between him and Laius had Laiusnot been murdered (294–300).