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Question 1Dramatic irony plays a large part in the artistry of Sophocles Oedipus creating a special dramatic tension For example when Oedipus saysAnd for the man that slew him LaiusI lay this curse upon him that the wretch In wretchedness and misery may live1Since we the audience know that Oedipus is the killer we see him setting himself up for the fall We can also see irony in Jocastas denial of prophecythe prophetic artTouches our human fortunes not at allan oracle once came to LaiusHis fate it was that should he have a sonBy me that son would take his fathers lifeApollo failed 2Later she counsels OedipusWhy should we fear seeing that man is ruledBy chanceNo live at random live as best one can 3Thus we can see Oedipus and Jocasta create their own tragedies and pull themselves further into their fates even as they deny themQuestion 2Light and dark seem to play an important part in Oedipus Rex Early in the play Oedipus is king and hero of Thebes he is in the spotlight and his world is bright and well-defined In fact Oedipus seems to have nothing but contempt for the darknessOEDIPUS You are blind in eyes and ears and brain and everythingTIRESIAS Youll not forget those insults that you throw At me when all men throw the same at youOEDIPUS You live in darkness you can do no harm To me or to any man that has eyes 4Later however as evidence of the truth mounts Oedipus remarksI greatly fear that prophet was not blind 5Eventually as he begins to accept his fate Oedipus recognizes that his bright and wonderful world has come to an endAh God Ah God This is the truth at lastO Sun let me behold thee this once more 6Finally he recognizes that his fate is upon him inescapableO cloud of darkness abominableMy enemy unspeakableIn cruel onset insuperable 7Thus Oedipus who began the play in fame and
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