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Sophocles uses a mixture of both visual and emotional imagery to create the morally questioning Greek tragedy Oedipus Tyrannos He presents the audience with an intense drama which addresses the reality and importance of the gods that the Greeks fervently believed in The play also forces the audience to ask themselves if there is such a concept as fate From the very beginning of Oedipus it is made clear that his destiny be one of fate and worse The irony is that Oedipus unknowingly repeatedly predicts his own fate It was I who called down these curses on that man Oedipus has unconsciously married his mother and killed his father just as the Oracle predicted Fate is proven to be unavoidable to Oedipus as the play shows a devout belief in the Greek gods The Gods are seen as both protectors and punishers who can turn fate back away The gods are shown to have power over everything and everyone and whoever ignores them will be cursed by the darts no one escapes Oedipus is one of these people who is seen to have ignored the gods warnings and therefore has brought a curse upon himself and all those around him Nothing grows in the earth nothing in the wombs of the women With the idea of fate comes the question of fairness Does Oedipus deserve his pitiful destiny and if it was so pre-decided then why It was yet again the Gods powers It may be difficult to avoid pitying Oedipus as despite his obvious sins he is shown to be a respectable and honest man I bear more pain for the people than for my own soul Sophocles uses irony to increase your growing pity for Oedipus as he searches for the abomination that is soon to be revealed as none other than himself That man must reveal himself to me Oedipus is frantic to find the killer of Laios his real
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