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CONSIDER THE ROLE OF MINOR CHARACTERS IN THE PLAY WHAT DO THEY DO TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE DRAMA The drama Oedipus the King is a classical tragedy by Sophocles set in the ancient city of Thebes The characters learn that the city is corrupted by a deadly plague leading them to remove the same The play is very ironic as curses called upon the deadly plague falls upon the one who had called them out King Oedipus In my view the major characters are king Oedipus Jocasta Creon and Tiresisas The minor characters are the chorus the Corinthian shepherd the messenger from inside the palace the two daughters of Oedipus priest and attendants In this essay I will be discussing the role of these minor characters in the play and what they do to contribute to the drama In the drama the knowledge that some characters posses is very crucial in developing the plot This is contained by the minor characters The knowledge is the basic foundation of Oedipus future either to remain king of Thebes or to be sentenced to death or exile forever The main theme is that every man is born with a pre-destined future Now matter how hard you try to change it the truth the knowledgewill always come back The messenger from Corinth is the one who brings message about the Corinthian king Polybus death He is also the man who had presented the infant Oedipus to Polybus after he had been abandoned by the Theban shepherd He was the first one to bring in to light the primary truth that Polybus was not actually Oedipus biological father Messenger Polybus was nothing to you thats why not in blood This is the main role of the Messenger to unravel he mystery of Oedipus birth There are also sub-effects following the unravelling of truth in the play The dialogue between King Oedipus and
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