Quilt: Drama

VCCS Litonline Introduction to Literature
English 112 (English Composition II)

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Oedipus Rex:  the Paradigmatic Tragedy

Objective for this Page: To urge you to read Oedipus Rex.

If you are not familiar with the play Oedipus Rex, you should reread it at this time. You may have it available in your textbook, or you can readily find it in any library. If you prefer to look at an online version, click the tragic mask below. Use the "Back" button to return to this page:

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For help in understanding the play and for several useful links, click here to go to a site titled Oedipus the Wreck.

Suggested Writing Assignment: Apply Aristotle's definition of tragedy to Oedipus Rex. Write a detailed analysis, showing how the play reflects each element of his definition. Identify any elements of his definition that do not seem to fit--at least, not comfortably.
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