What was the condition of Thebes?

The conditions in Thebes that the Priest describes are there is much disease and death. The chorus asks for help against death and the plague because they cannot defend themselves. Oedipus’ speech was about finding the murderer and avenging him, however, he in fact is a murderer.

How are the three types of irony used in Oedipus Rex?

When Sophocles wrote Oedipus Rex, he used three forms of irony: verbal, situational, and dramatic. Oedipus runs away from his parents but ends up getting closer to his real parents. He blames others for the killing of Laios, but he finds out he is the one who murdered him.

What reasons does Jocasta give for not having faith in prophecy?

What reasons did Jocasta give for not having faith in the prophecy? She knew her baby was killed. In terms of their approach to destiny, what do Jocasta and Oedipus have in common? They both tried to outsmart the gods and escape their destiny and both thought they did.

Why does Oedipus feel he is the person most affected by the plague?

He says that the plague has affected him more strongly than it has affected the people appealing to him by saying that he grieves for the entire city instead of just having to worry about himself. He has to worry about more people because he’s the king.

Where is dramatic irony in Oedipus the King?

Dramatic irony is confined to prologues and the first 3 scenes, because it is Scene IV that Oedipus learns the full truth about his situation, and in the Exodos he expresses the various aspects of the misery into which this discovery plunges him.]

How is Oedipus trying to end the plague?

Oedipus returns and tells the Chorus that he will end the plague himself. He asks if anyone knows who killed Laius, promising that the informant will be rewarded and the murderer will receive no harsher punishment than exile.

How does Sophocles use irony?

In this play there are several parts where Sophocles conveys his plot through dramatic irony. Dramatic irony is also use by Sophocles to make the audience feel their taken part of the play knowing the fate of the main character, making the audience wait in suspense wanting to know how Oedipus would react to his fate.

Why is Thebes suffering from plague?

The oracle announces that the plague is a result of religious pollution and that the god Apollo requests that the people of Thebes exile the previously unknown “miasma” (a word of Greek origin with a sense of moral noxious pollution) away from the town (lines 96–98) (2,3).

How does the use of irony impact how we see Oedipus as a tragic hero?

The play of Oedipus Rex is based on a single all-pervasive irony that Oedipus seeks to find the murderer which is but himself. Ironically, his curse falls upon himself, and his quest ends in the tragic realization of his failure to overcome fate. Oedipus, having achieved a vision of the terrible truth, blinds himself.