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Isnt It Ironic-Oedipus Rex A traffic jam when youre already late A no-smoking sign on your cigarette break Ten thousands spoons when all you need is a knife Meeting the man of your dreams and then meeting his beautiful wife Irony is everywhere you just cannot seem to get away from it no matter where you go Even back in the day they used irony to entertain as well as get a point across Sophocles used three different types of irony in one of his most famous Greek tragedies Oedipus the King to set the tone of the story As main character and tragic hero Oedipus encounters several difficulties and conflicts the audience is both entertained and informed through this irony that Sophocles has used Aristotle defined a Tragic Hero as a man who is usually religious and of royalty He hears that there is a murder to be avenged and goes to seek the murderer Sophocles embellishes on Aristotles definition and adds his own twist In the case of Oedipus the murderer he seeks is himself Tragic very tragic He does not realize what he has done until the very end because his hubris excessive pride makes it hard for him to accept that he is the one to be avenged Dramatic irony is incongruity between a situation developed in a drama and the accompanying words or actions that is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play which happens to be the basic framework of Oedipus the King Throughout the beginning of the play Oedipus talks about how he has never seen Laius will avenge Laius murderer and about Jocasta his mother and unknowingly his wife but Oedipus does not know that In the beginning Oedipus gets fired up when the messenger tells him he has to avenge Laius murderer Oedipus knows the story of Laius wellby hearsay for he saw him never Oedipus the King 115 The audience
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