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Time is the flow of events in an irreversible sequence It is an essential component to every piece of literature Without time the plot would cease to flow logically and comprehensibly Time is especially important in Homers The Odyssey and Sophocles Oedipus the King In story telling and drama time can be controlled Homer and Sophocles use the sequence and timing of events to build up dramatic effect They have similarities and differences in their approaches to the antecedent detail the organization and pace of events and the characterization The antecedent detail for both plots contributes to suspense tension and intensity in the climax The antecedent events are similarly arranged in Homer and Sophocles The brief statements at the beginning of each piece serves to inform the audience approximately where in the timeline the story starts A certain amount of information was needed beforehand is needed to fully experience the literature and it was usually common knowledge for the audience the writers intended the stories for The story of the Trojan War helps the audience comprehend the extent of Odysseus heroic character This makes the audience view Odysseus as a character deserving of domestic happiness For Sophocles piece knowledge is required to understand the irony underneath the play Anticipation builds up as the moment of truth draws near The expositions did not narrate antecedent events in depth They were later related for the purpose of illustrating a characters inner qualities Homer and Sophocles both dealt with the restrictions on the length of their works by manipulating time The stories could not be so long as to lose the audiences interests or diminish the dramatic effect yet so much information was needed for the story to be a success To condense the two texts to a reasonable length for each type of literature both writers use flashbacks to relate past events used as plot development The flashbacks are told in first person to create a sense
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