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Oedipus Wrecks is a successful appropriation of the Greek tragedy in that it uses the same themes as the play in a modern context The film is an appropriation rather than an adaptation because elements of the original plays plot and characters have been used in a different setting to create new meaning and explore the themes in a different way in this case a parody of the original rather than using the same story and characters and presenting it in a different frame such as a novel instead of a play The title Oedipus Wrecks is a pun in that it refers to both the Oedipal aspect of the protagonist Woody Alans character wrecking his life and to the name shared by the plays title and its tragic hero Oedipus Rex This humourus pun communicates to the responder that the movie is a comedy and creates awareness that the film is an appropriation of the play As is so in the play the inescapabilty of the characters fate becomes obvious to the responder because like Oedipus Alans character is a tragic figure who wants to do the right thing but every attempt he makes to escape his fate draws him irreversibly closer to it Just as Oedipus causes his own downfall in genuinely trying to clear his name and investigates the facts too thoroughly only to find out the horrible truth about his family Alans character goes to see a pyschic woman for help to escape his mothers burdensome presence but she turns out to be just like the mother and eventually he ends up marrying her And like Oedipus he does not realise what has really happened until after it is too late The movie uses fantasy such as when the mother disappears in the middle of a magic show and reappears as a huge figure looking down on New York from the sky stereotypes such as the interfering
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